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. Improve your speaking voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Improve your speaking voice through a series of exercises and drills.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Contemporary African dance
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
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  3. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this introductory course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  4. Charleston: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    The Charleston is a fun, easy and uplifting dance and this solo dancing course will have you moving with speed, vitality, and expression. With toe tapping Jazz music from the 1920s and beyond you will learn original Charleston dance steps and moves, improve your musicality and improvisation. A great way to get fit whilst learning a unique and impressive new skill.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  5. Screen acting through Meisner technique
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Rahman-Hughes
    Ever pondered how actors effortlessly deliver lines as if spoken for the first time? This 2 day intensive course delves into the art of spontaneity in every take. Through the foundational principles of the Meisner technique, discover the means to infuse authenticity into on-screen performances within a nurturing and fun setting.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  6. Introduction to acting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jun 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  7. Combining voice and Pilates
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This innovative and one-off workshop shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. A fun but intensive Saturday workshop in the college.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  8. Pentatonics and beyond: improvising in popular music
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Study how to improvise in popular music. These practical 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, folk and jazz. We’ll look at blues scales, pentatonics, extension notes and more to help you get the most out of your improvisation.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
  9. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  10. Charleston intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Test your limits and gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves, and improvising. This is suitable for those that have a good knowledge of Charleston dance or have completed our beginners courses.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  11. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg, Della Rhodes
    Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited so please check vacancies with the music department before you enrol.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
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  12. String ensemble: summer season
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass who have been learning for at least a year up to those at around grade 3 level.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  13. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    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 £59.00
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  14. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00
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  15. Magic workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Abbey
    Come and see what performance magic is all about through our one day experience masterclass. Here you will explore a range of magic techniques and acts.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £48.00
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