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 You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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. Charleston: general level
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Oct 2023

    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
  2. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    If you enjoy vintage social dancing events but prefer solo dancing then this course is for you! Learn or improve your basic footwork sequences and steps of original social dances. Starting with easy to follow Strolls we progress to faster pace flick kicks and turns. Variations of steps and moves will be given to suit all levels of beginner.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
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  3. Contemporary dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    The course aims to give you a further embodied understanding of Contemporary dance that is underpinned by Somatics practice, and other contemporary dance techniques, to bring greater flow and dynamics to your expression as you allow yourself to move from your inner space and to negotiate the flow of weight, rhythm, breath, space and time.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  4. Authentic jazz dance: general level
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Venture back to Vintage dance styles! As the solo dance of the Swing family, Authentic Jazz is a blanket term for a number of popular dances from the 1920s and 1930s – the Charleston, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Suzie-Q and many more. Danced to Jazz and Swing music, and like the other styles of the same family, it is energetic and playful. Ideal for confident beginners and those with some prior knowledge.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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