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. Presenting to camera for Vlog and YouTube
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Do you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.



    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 £132.00
    Rating:
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  2. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    96% of 100
  3. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    95% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1A (intensive)
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    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. Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024 (Bank Holidays).
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  5. Ukulele 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    Learn the essentials of playing the ukulele in this introductory course. You’ll learn complete songs from the first week. Strumming patterns will be taught and applied to various songs. By the end of term you should be able to accompany your own singing or play along to recordings.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  6. Classical ballet: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giovanna Lamboglia
    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 practicing.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  7. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Accents: North American standard and regional
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American (or Broadcast Standard) accent as well as a couple of other regional American accents This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00
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  9. Cello 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Cello 1B next term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  10. Clarinet 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of playing clarinet in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  11. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. Flute 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    Beginners can enjoy learning to play the flute in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Develop embouchure, instrumental sound, listening skills and music reading. Continues to Flute 1B next term. Break week 31st October 2024.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  13. Classical guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jeff Rodrigues
    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical/Spanish style, and read notation, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This study requires you to play a nylon strung guitar.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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