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. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Bailey
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  3. Piano/keyboards 5C
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Apr 2025 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
  4. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Oct 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Learn acting techniques and skills while exploring contemporary playwrights from the last 20 years including: Martin McDonagh, Chloë Moss, Aleasha Harris, Simon Stephens and Caryl Churchill.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  5. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Bailey
    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 £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  6. 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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  7. Piano/keyboards 3A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  8. Piano/keyboards 4C
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Voiceovers: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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  10. Singing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    Continue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
  11. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
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  12. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, 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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  13. String ensemble
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (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 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  14. Sing jazz: Ellington
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Some of the best known songs were composed by Duke Ellington, and this 2nd edition of this course will guide you through several and prepare you to perform his remarkable work. Ideal for singers with enthusiasm for and experience in the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
  15. Comedy: sketch writing and performing for TV and online
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Learn how to write and perform sketch comedy for stage and small screen. Pick up tricks of the trade under the guidance of a multi-award-winning comedy producer / director. Sketches, monologues,



    and quick-fire comedy techniques are put under the microscope. Tutor: Alan Nixon.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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