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:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This 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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress
    Do you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,599.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. Voiceovers: beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations, from radio commercials to talking books and beyond. This course will be online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
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  5. Improve your speaking voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  6. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 4 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
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  7. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    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. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed 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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  10. Piano workshop 6
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 6 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, textural awareness, practice and performance skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  12. Ballet body conditioning
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    Ballet body conditioning combines specifically sequenced exercises including elements of barre, floor work and centre practice and is designed to complement studies in ballet and acting. Ideal for those who already have good physical awareness and have studied a dance discipline at a basic level.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  13. Radio presenting: beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £118.00
  14. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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    97% of 100
  15. Tap dance: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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