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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this introductory course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  2. Flamenco: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    A friendly intensive class, with live guitar accompaniment, that focuses on the confident execution of Flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students wishing to revise the basics and learn fresh choreographies. Performance opportunities throughout the year.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  3. Contemporary African dance
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    A dynamic and vibrant class that combines West African dance and music with some Contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
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  4. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    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
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  5. Charleston: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves and improvising. This course is suitable for beginners and improvers with some previous dance experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  6. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  7. Introduction to film music
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  8. Music theory: grade 8
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for



    keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure,



    phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). Course schedule: 27 Feb - 27 Mar, 24 Apr, 15 - 22 May, 5 June - 17 July 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £194.00
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  9. Comedy: writing for radio, online and podcast
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    There’s a new demand for comedy online from sketch shows to podcasts. Emmy-award winning comedy producer, Alan Nixon, shares the skills behind creating your own comedy style using classic and modern techniques. Discover or enhance your ‘comedy voice’, meet fellow comedy enthusiasts and gain inspiration.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Song lyric writing for popular music
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. This short course will run online. It functions as a preparation for song writing studies to follow.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
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  11. Directing theatre: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. This term the course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  13. Mixing and music production techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for users of other systems.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  14. Speak Shakespeare monologues and scenes: Richard III
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Whether you are preparing a Shakespearean monologue for audition or simply have an interest in their structure, rhythm and poetry, this course enables you to work on and speak monologues from the Histories with confidence. We focus on the study of Richard III monologues and duologues; we hope there will be a chance to make a visit offsite to Lincoln's Inn Library where Shakespeare's 2nd Folio is preserved. The course is in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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  15. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00

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