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. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 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
  2. Silver Swans ballet intensive: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Abigail Bulfin
    Our beginners intensive course will work on achieving improved balance, strength and flexibility as well as technical skills giving you the opportunity to further develop your technique and continue your ballet journey through friendly and supportive classes where you will learn dances (also known as variations) from a famous ballet.



    Please note that some ballet experience is required even for beginners.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £62.00
  3. Great works: Stabat mater from plainchant to Pärt
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    This course examines a core Latin Christian hymn text, Stabat mater dolorosa, which has received dozens of musical settings over eight centuries, from the 13th century to the present day. Why does this particular text hold such fascination for composers, and how has its meaning been interpreted through music?
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  4. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This Contemporary dance class is a dynamic and fun experience based on the principles of Release-technique and some playful explorations. Simple movement phrases and tasks are built upon to develop greater awareness of the body in space and in relation to others. Floor, centre and travelling exercises lead to efficiency of movement, rhythmical and free-flowing dance sequences.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  5. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (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
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  6. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Modern Jazz dance class that follows it.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
  8. Classical ballet: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giovanna Lamboglia
    Designed for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable Ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. The classes will also help to improve any other dance styles you might be practicing.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  9. Ballet at the barre: online
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    An online barre class from the comfort of your own home. The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  10. Stanislavski: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  11. Modern jazz dance
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    Modern Jazz dance is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of styles. You will learn essential technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence. This class is suitable if you are new to dance or if you want to develop your existing skills and confidence.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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