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. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
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  2. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. The course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  3. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 8 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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
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  5. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00
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  6. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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    98% of 100
  7. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 5 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
  8. Early music ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Layil Barr
    An ensemble for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations (broken consort). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 29 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential. Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  10. Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  11. Classical singing: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
  12. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    A lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
  13. 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
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  14. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
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