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. Contemporary African dance
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    A dynamic and vibrant class that combines West African dance and music with some Contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  2. Pentatonics and beyond: improvising in popular music
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Explore how to improvise in popular music. These five practical online sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues and jazz. We’ll study blues scales, pentatonics, and extensions to help you get the most out of your improvisation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Charleston: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves and improvising. This course is suitable for beginners and improvers with some previous dance experience.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  4. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this interactive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Jazz guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    A practical introduction to jazz style and repertoire, harmony and scales, time feels, accompaniment textures and approaches to improvisation. For guitar players with established technique who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  6. Pop piano introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £33.00
  7. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
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  8. Comedy skills: an introduction to writing and delivery
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills. 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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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
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