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 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. Mixing and music production techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
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  2. Radio and podcast presenting: advanced (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    This is a new opportunity to take your love of radio presenting to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This weekend workshop will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  3. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  4. Character voice for animation, stage and screen (intensive)
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
  5. Introduction to music production
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing so that you can turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  6. Core energetics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Core Energetics is a body-mind practice designed to enhance your self-awareness, aliveness, creativity and focus, and a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  7. Shakespeare and the body
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Unlock Shakespeares hidden physical language through the work of Lecoq, Meisner, Michel Chekhov and Grotowski as we discover a deeper, more physically rooted and emotionally driven connection with Shakespeares work. No experience is needed for this short intensive course however an openness to explore and to develop text and physical performance simultaneously is necessary.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  8. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  9. Drama therapy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Jun 2024 (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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  10. Directing theatre (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Working with an experienced theatre director, explore the multiple aspects of directing theatre productions, including rehearsal preparation, text analysis and research, collaborating with the design team, and techniques for getting the best performances from actors.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  11. Narration for podcast and documentary (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes podcasts, e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  12. Charleston intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Test your limits and gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves, and improvising. This is suitable for those that have a good knowledge of Charleston dance or have completed our beginners courses.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  13. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  14. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg, Della Rhodes
    Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited so please check vacancies with the music department before you enrol.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
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  15. Flamenco: power and performance
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    This course, separate but complementary to the other summer Flamenco dance course, will focus on archetypal Flamenco dance steps and moves with emphasis on dancing style, performance presence and panache. The course will culimate in a short dance sequence with live guitar accompaniment. Suitable for men and women of all ages, from beginners to improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
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