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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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

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  1. Introduction to acting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  2. Saxophone taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  3. Jazz guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    A practical introduction to jazz style and repertoire, harmony and scales, time feels, accompaniment textures and approaches to improvisation. For guitar players with established technique who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  4. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    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 £40.00
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  5. Ukulele beginners' day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    Meet the instrument and an expert ukulele player on this fun day. If you have a uke bring it to class, if you do not, we can supply an instrument.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £27.00
  6. Acting for wellbeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises in this one day course. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  7. Stage combat: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore unarmed combat and develop a selection of moves to combine in to a choreographed sequence!



    A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy but, much like dancing, it must be intricately choreographed and extensively rehearsed, to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. Suitable for everyone.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  8. Mime: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    When we imagine Mime we might think of the cliche trapped in a box, however that’s just the basics. This fun intensive one day workshop, will explore the fundamental techniques and skills required towards using your body as the primary source of expression in performance, which will leave you with a lasting understanding of the key physical principles required for any performer today.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00

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