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. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional wellbeing through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  2. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    95% of 100
  3. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  4. Radio presenting: beginners (online)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be online and supported by a media technician.



    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 £139.00
  5. Burlesque
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gwendoline Lamour
    Burlesque is an empowering and expressive performance art. Learn the basics of burlesque movement and dance, in this glamorous and fun class exploring the posture, deportment, style and elegance of showgirl movement.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00
  6. Musical theatre dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 30 May 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    The class for everyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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:  Simon Bowen
    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. Great works: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Brahms and learn about the performer and the instrument it was originally written for.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  11. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 6 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  13. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 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. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 14 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  14. Classical ballet: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 6 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 practicing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    This Contemporary dance class is a dynamic and fun experience based on the principles of Release-technique and some playful explorations. Simple movement phrases and tasks are built upon to develop greater awareness of the body in space and in relation to others. Floor, centre and travelling exercises lead to efficiency of movement, rhythmical and free-flowing dance sequences.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100

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