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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Silver Swans ballet intensive: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    This beginners intensive course will work on achieving improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as technical skills that you will use in ballet choreography & ballet mime. Suitable for beginners and those with a little Silver Swans® experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £62.00
  2. Silver Swans ballet intensive: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Our Silver Swans® intensive will focus on making use of existing knowledge, technique and vocabulary and transfer it to Ballet repertoire. This will enable you to learn and execute more varied and complex movement sequences and to learn original sequences and ballet mime.



    There is an emphasis on delivering ballet technique to facilitate healthy joints, flexibility, movement quality and core strength. The Silver Swans® intensive is designed for the over-55s and is suitable for older leaners with at least one year of foundation ballet or Silver Swans® experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £62.00
  3. Classical acting
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Broaden your skills and discover the freedom to act with classical text in a safe and fun environment, playing with a range of texts from Ibsen to Oscar Wilde. Gain the confidence to tackle different styles of language and performance through practical exercises and scene work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  4. Singing: daily vocal workout
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Do you find it diffucult to motivate yourself to practise singing? Do you get stuck wondering which warm-ups and exercises are the best ones for you? Or have you had a break from singing and need some encouragemnet to get back into practising? Then come and join us online for a week of daily warm-ups and exercises to get you on the right track.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £34.00
  5. Actor summer school: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft, Juliet Prague
    This is a five day intensive encounter with the acting process. Designed for beginners or for those with some



    prior experience wanting to refresh and focus their skills.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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  6. Actor summer school: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft, Juliet Prague
    A five day intensive course designed to enhance your skills and develop your confidence in acting. Explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven scripts and scenes. Ideal for those who have completed a beginner’s level course.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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