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. Chamber music: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire in this short 5 week weekend intensive. For classical instrumentalists at grade 6 or above, with good sight-reading skills. Break week 26th of Feburary 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Acting: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Contemporary African dance
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (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
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  5. Flamenco: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    A friendly intensive class, with live guitar accompaniment, that focuses on the confident execution of Flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students wishing to revise the basics and learn fresh choreographies. Performance opportunities throughout the year.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  6. Charleston: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  7. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  8. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    This course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break weeks: 6th May & 28 May 2023.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    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.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Salsa: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nuno Sabroso
    Join us for an energetic and intensive introduction to LA style Salsa. Learn a new skill whilst having fun and discover the origins and cultural context of this passionate dance. No need to bring a partner, part of the fun is meeting new people but most of all learning a new dance style whilst having a good time.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  13. Saxophone 1C
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For players with 8 months' experience of playing the saxophone (tenor or alto) equivalent to completion of Saxophone 1a and 1b.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
  14. Solo swing and jive: general
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don't have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you! We will work on foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required! This is a general level course suitable for beginners and improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  15. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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