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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email email@example.com
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- Contemporary dance: tasterCourse start date: Tue 5 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Orley QuickOur fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
- Exploring the music of Fanny MendelssohnCourse start date: Tue 9 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Katy HamiltonThe elder of two brilliant composer siblings, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was a child prodigy and prolific composer who was unable to pursue a glittering public career as her brother did. We explore her life and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. ** This course has a scheduled break week: 30 Jan 2024.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- Piano workshop 8Course start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Petros MoschosIf you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these 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: 24 Oct 2023.
- Sing jazz: advancedCourse start date: Tue 23 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Laura ZakianFor jazz vocalists with established technique and experience of singing jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute and prepare repertoire of your choice.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
- Piano/keyboards 1BCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 9 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ana Claudia MagalhaesA 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.
- Contemporary dance: beginnersCourse start date: Tue 10 Oct 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis AngolThis 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.
- Piano/keyboards 1ECourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ana Claudia MagalhaesThis is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
- English pronunciation: stage 2Course start date: Fri 29 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: David John GwillimDesigned for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. 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.
- Acting: beginnersCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 10 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Deirdre Strath ClydeExplore 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.
- Tap dance: beginnersCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jacqueline PertIf 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.
- Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythmCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: David HarrisonLearn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These practical and academic sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet. Break week: 21 Nov 2023.
- Piano/keyboards 3BCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Gisela MeyerCan you play grade 2 standard pieces? Improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence in this second term of level 3.
- Tap dance: improversCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 7 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jacqueline PertPractice 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.
- Piano/keyboards 1ACourse start date: Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 9 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Cheslav SinghThis is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
- Classical ballet: beginnersCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Giovanna LambogliaDesigned 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.
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