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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Acting for wellbeing
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  3. Radio presenting: beginners
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Play-reading
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  5. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00
  6. Clear Speech
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00
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  7. Practical voice
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Jazz dance: beginners
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Jazz dance is one of the most popular dance styles and is seen in musicals, TV and Hollywood movies. You will learn essential Jazz technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence in this fun and creative class.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £61.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  9. Stage management: an introduction to technical theatre
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This course is designed for students who have an interest in learning stage management skills. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical technical experience, supporting the next CL Theatre company production. Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £169.00
  10. Improve your speaking voice
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication and speaking skills in the workplace and outside.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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    100% of 100
  11. GarageBand: create and edit your own music
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Dance burn
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dancing is the ultimate mood booster! Get your body moving with 60 minutes of dance fitness! A mix of playful choreography with 80s and 90s music to give you the ultimate workout. Dance burn is a full body workout for body, mind and soul.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Burlesque
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Burlesque is an empowering and expressive performance art. Learn the basics of burlesque movement and dance in this glamorous short course as we explore the posture, deportment, style and elegance of showgirl movement.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  14. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 basic 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!

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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    100% of 100
  15. Contemporary African: general level
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00

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