Performing arts

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)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. World music: Brazilian ensemble
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luiz Morais
    A day of of immersion in the diverse traditions and genres of popular music from Brazil, from Samba and Bossa nova to Choro and Baiao. Explore rhythm, harmony and improvisation in repertoire by master composers such as Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Dorival Caymmi and Hermeto Pascoal.



    Tutor: Luiz Morais.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  2. Mask technique and the physical body (level 1)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    This playful and creative mask course, suitable for students at any level, introduces you to the mask. You will be carefully guided to explore the principals and techniques required to bring a character to life, to create speech with the body and without the voice. Masks will be provided but why not bring along some different style outfits and a variety of hats with you, then you’ll have more to play with on the day.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00
  3. Acting Shakespeare (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    A one-day workshop exploring scenes from two Shakespeare comedies, Twelfth Night and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Broaden and develop your acting skills in an intensive encounter with Shakespeare!
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £51.00
  4. Directing theatre (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Working with an experienced theatre director, explore the multiple aspects of directing theatre productions, including rehearsal preparation, text analysis and research, collaborating with the design team, and techniques for getting the best performances from actors.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes in this improvers class. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £195.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Recorder ensemble: study day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Caoimhe de Paor
    Learn to play ensemble music for recorders, with repertoire ranging from early to present day. Suitable for recorder players who have been learning for at least a year and can read music.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Flamenco: power and performance
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer Flamenco dance course, will focus on archetypal Flamenco dance steps and moves with emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache. The course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  8. Stage combat: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore unarmed combat and develop a selection of moves to combine in to a choreographed sequence!



    A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy but, much like dancing, it must be intricately choreographed and extensively rehearsed, to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. Suitable for everyone.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Mime: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 28 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    There’s so much more to Mime than the striped jumper, beret and box!



    The course will cover basic techniques in Mime towards developing and creating worlds alongside opening your body up to expressionistic styles. Through technique and improvisational based classes we will play and explore some of the most renowned exercises in Mime and build on them. Engaging your imagination and developing your awareness of your body as a tool for theatre craft.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  10. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Saturday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  11. Mask technique and performance (level 2)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    A creative, high energy and inspiring workshop in mask characterisation and mask physicality. If you are interested in learning about performing in full mask this one day workshop will introduce techniques helping to build confidence and understanding of mask performance. Masks provided.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £48.00
  12. Contemporary dance: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    The course aims to give you a further embodied understanding of Contemporary dance that is underpinned by Somatics practice, and other contemporary dance techniques, to bring greater flow and dynamics to your expression as you allow yourself to move from your inner space and to negotiate the flow of weight, rhythm, breath, space and time.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
  13. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Core energetics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Core Energetics is a body-mind practice designed to enhance your self-awareness, aliveness, creativity and focus, and a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  15. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
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