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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practice and improve your basic tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. Ukulele concert band
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    You’ve had your uke for a while, been to jams in the pub, attended some ukulele courses, but what now? Join City Lit Ukulele Band (CLUB). We aim to transform your uke 'chops' and enthusiastic singing into a gigging band. On this course you will learn skills of band playing, have fun, and improve your techniques on uke and voice, playing and singing music from Lonnie Donnegan to Kylie Minogue with plenty in between. The course culminates in a performance at college.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  6. Classical ballet: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    Designed for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable Ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. The classes will also help to improve any other dance styles you might be practising.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  7. Silver Swans ballet barre
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Scott
    Adapted for older learners our Silver Swans® ballet barre classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Ballet barre practice improves posture, strength and flexibility, focusing on the placement of the body and co-ordination. This class is suitable for those looking for a new way to exercise in a fun, relaxed learning group.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  8. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  9. Classical guitar: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    For experienced classical guitar players, this online class will work on scales and arpeggios at grades 7 & 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. This class will have occasional meetings in person at Keeley Street. The first will be on 25th October.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  10. Belly dancing: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Melissa Pina
    If you want to have fun keeping fit then look no further. A belly dance class is a great workout and a wonderful way to learn a new skill. It is inspiring and empowering, improving posture, balance and self-esteem, and offers a glamorous way to get fit. This class can be enjoyed by all ages.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group mixes in-person rehearsal and online sessions, working to record our repertoire. And we will pursue opportunities to perform.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  12. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    We will continue developing ballet technique through barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have been practicing for some time and have a strong grasp of techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  13. Flamenco: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    Learn fundamental flamenco dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere. Experience the rich complexity of this Andalucian Gypsy art form, and develop presence, fitness and coordination.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  14. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    If you already play ukulele, come and learn new songs and tricks, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Enjoy learning in a group. Classes may include singing along!
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  15. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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