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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 email@example.com. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Connect through danceCourse start date: Tue 10 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis AngolIntroduction to learning how to focus on deepening one’s awareness of the body and connect with the processes going on within through engaging with internal physical perception and experience.
- Comedy writing and performing: tasterCourse start date: Tue 10 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Kean Street Wellbeing CentreTutors: Alan NixonExplore your comedy writing and performance potential under the guidance of an Emmy-award winning comedy producer/director. Alan Nixon shares the skills behind creating powerful comedy using classic and modern techniques.
- Explore the body through contemporary danceCourse start date: Wed 11 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Orley QuickAn introduction to the basics of Contemporary dance through Release-based technique, to help you understand the principles of the body in movement and explore your own movement range.
- Introduction to actingCourse start date: Wed 1 Nov 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Deirdre Strath ClydeA fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
- Sonic arts: an introductionCourse start date: Thu 2 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul ChiversSonic or sound art is expression and creativity through sound, beyond the confines of music. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.Full fee £79.00
- Storytelling: tasterCourse start date: Thu 30 Nov 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Ariella EshedWe all like to hear stories! This short taster class will help you to tell them. Traditional, anecdotal, personal, fairytales, fables…they all require the key ingredient of confidence, and a basic understanding of structure. The class will be delivered online.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
- Whispering ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)Course start date: Thu 30 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueA one-off workshop on this worldwide phenomenon, delivered in the college. How can the impact of what we hear and feel enhance our connection to our voices? Through body-mind connection and the use of vocal sounds, gestures, rhythms and touch, you can not only reset your nervous systems, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice.
- Great works: White ChristmasCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneHow did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.
- Great artists: Sir Charles Mackerras and Czech musicCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetSir Charles Mackerras was one of most significant and influential artists of the last seventy years. After winning a scholarship to study in Prague in 1947, he became besotted by all things Czech and was determined to become a champion of that country’s music. He later proudly described himself as an ‘honorary Czech’ and was often at his artistic happiest when working with singers and musicians from the Czech and Slovak republics. Tutor: Professor Raymond Holden [external website].
- An introduction to Gurbani SangitaCourse start date: Tue 5 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetGurbani Sangita is the music of the Sikhs; once widely present in the Indian subcontinent and beyond, a pinnacle of musical excellence, it is now nearly extinct. In this short session, many facets of this still potent, living tradition will be explored, including unique musical compositions, melodic modes, pedagogical processes and instruments.Full fee £39.00
- Christmas Carols: a brief historyCourse start date: Thu 7 Dec 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenDiscover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Christmas crooningCourse start date: Mon 11 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonDon your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
- The Sydney Opera House at 50: a musical historyCourse start date: Tue 12 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trish ShawThe Sydney Opera House is one of the architectural wonders of the modern world, with its dramatic white sails soaring above the sun-dappled waters of Sydney Harbour. 50 years after the Opera House's official opening in October 1973, come and learn how this magnificent structure came into existence, and what is means to musical culture in its own country and throughout the world.
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