Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting, (including accredited acting courses), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Contemporary dance: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  2. Advanced Character Voice: Stage, Screen, Studio

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This will enable participants who have completed Character Voice for Animation to become practised and experienced in creating character voices from scratch for live and recorded performance. It will enable the skills to be honed and embedded and for the individual to go onto make a character voice reel should they so choose in the future. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Acting through improvisation

    Acting through improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this practical course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Acting for fun

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain confidence and lose your inhibitions in this practical class for complete beginners. Make friends and improve your communication skills while having fun in this safe and friendly environment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Improve your speaking voice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace. This course is not for non-native speakers, who should enrol onto Pronunciation and Self - Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  8. Voiceovers: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this intensive version of our popular longer course you will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations. This course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00

  9. Voice practitioners masterclass: Rodenburg and Carey

    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore through practical exercises the basic methodology of two leading voice practitioners as selected by the tutor, themselves a Voice expert, and thus establish the best process for your own vocal development. Individual attention assured in a small group.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Acting workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enjoy developing your acting skills as you meet like-minded people, in this fun workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Tango Argentino: general level

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is about learning Tango Argentino's fundamentals to enable you to enter a salon for social dancing. Each term will both introduce and revisit the essential technique of walking in various patterns and rhythms, functional alignment in motion, different musical rhythms and the salon etiquette. Good general fitness and coordination is required. Our general level classes are open to both beginners and improvers and those looking to refresh their skills.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Our teachers are currently operating a ‘no touch’ policy. Solo dancers will not be partnered by a teacher or by another member of the class. Please ensure you only dance with someone from your own household or social bubble. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Drama therapy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  13. Solo swing and jive: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don' t have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you!

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  14. Dance science

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online and interactive course will introduce you to the foundations of Dance Science. Learn about the physiological and physical elements of dance, how to prevent injuries and to gain knowledge and understanding on how to train and maintain the body for dance. Develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles and practices which underpin this area of study through theory and practical based classes. The course requires phyiscal participation and suitable for anyone interested in dance.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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