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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  4. Play-reading
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100
  5. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Character voice for animation, stage and screen: level 2
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Focus specifically on the world of animation: character choices, script work, performance and how to make an effective animation reel. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  7. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you.

    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
  8. Clear Speech
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.

    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
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    100% of 100
  9. Acting for radio: improvers
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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    100% of 100
  10. Contemporary dance: advanced
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  11. Practical voice
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 online.

    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 £73.00
  12. The Art of Negotiating
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 delivered online.

    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 £119.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This practical online course for pianists (grade 5 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  14. Dido and Aeneas: from Virgil to Purcell
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Purcell’s ever-popular opera from Virgil’s original tale to Nahum Tate’s English libretto, and discover key features of Purcell’s musical language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  15. Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country and the classic sitcom. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00

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