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:  Tue 26 Apr 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: suitable 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. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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 supportive environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns. For this course please purchase your own copy of: Piano Adventures Lesson book - 3b from Faber Music.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 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
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practise 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
  7. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Classical ballet: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 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
  9. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    This is the 2nd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £251.00
  10. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Break week: 31 May 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Una Birtchnell
    A group cello class for those who have been playing for at least four years, and are at least Grade 5 standard. You will explore solo and ensemble repertopire, play in all clefs and in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 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
  13. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 31st of May 2022



    - repertoire: Shostakovich Preludes Op.34 and piano duets (duets chosen in session 01 of the course).
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Dance 60+ performance
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Our aim is to inspire older men and women within the community to get creative through dance and movement, and to inspire others through performance. An ideal opportunity to flex both mind and body in this uplifting creative experience where you will get the chance to explore and discover your creative potential through dance and performance.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Piano workshop 3
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our lively workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. - Please buy your own copies of: Encore: book 2, Grades 3 and 4 from the ABRSM.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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