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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email email@example.com
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- Improve your speaking voiceCourse start date: Sat 7 Oct 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lloyd WyldeImprove the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
- Great Jazz composersCourse start date: Sun 8 Oct 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sara DhillonExplore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Contemporary dance: beginnersCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Orley QuickThis course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.
- Introduction to music productionCourse start date: Sun 3 Dec 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaCome 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
- Charleston: general levelCourse start date: Sat 28 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rosaria SativaThe Charleston is a fun, easy and uplifting dance and this solo dancing course will have you moving with speed, vitality, and expression. With toe tapping Jazz music from the 1920s and beyond you will learn original Charleston dance steps and moves, improve your musicality and improvisation. A great way to get fit whilst learning a unique and impressive new skill.Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
- Contemporary African danceCourse start date: Sat 28 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis AngolA 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.
- Actor's voice: introductionCourse start date: Sat 28 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Danielle AllanImprove the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation and expressiveness. This course will be taught in the college and is a particularly good introduction for those starting regular Voice classes on the Foundation in Drama course.Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
- Movement for actorsCourse start date: Sat 28 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftAn actors most important tool is their body!
Having an awareness of space and presence and utilising the body to help carve engaging, full-born characters is vital in theatre, whether this be during improvisation, delivering a monologue or throughout the process of a performance. It's important to have the tools to do this!
This course aims to give every member an introductory “toolkit” you can take away with you, freeing your body, exploring character technique, enhancing your improvisational and performance intuition and becoming confident in your craft.
- Introduction to actingCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 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.
- Drama therapyCourse start date: Sat 4 Nov 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Dan SkiliInvestigate 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.
- Contemporary dance: styles and techniquesCourse start date: Sun 5 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Francis Angol, Orley QuickThis series of classes led by Francis Angol and Orley Quick, will explore different approaches to the practice of Contemporary dance, working through different styles and techniques. Each session has been designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principle and techniques of each approach taken. Working through fundamentals of movement, properties and the stylistic features of form.
By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained greater confidence, knowledge and appreciation of Contemporary Dance practice and be able to differentiate between the various styles and technique you may encounter.Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
- Flamenco: tasterCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Danielle AllanOur fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
- Charleston: tasterCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rosaria SativaOur fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
- Solo swing and jive: beginnersCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rosaria SativaIf you enjoy vintage social dancing events but prefer solo dancing then this course is for you! Learn or improve your basic footwork sequences and steps of original social dances. Starting with easy to follow Strolls we progress to faster pace flick kicks and turns. Variations of steps and moves will be given to suit all levels of beginner.
- Ballroom and Latin: beginnersCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Nuno SabrosoThis course is perfect for those who are new to Ballroom dance or looking to brush up on existing skills. Taught in a friendly and supportive atmosphere you will learn the basic steps and techniques of both Ballroom and Latin dance. No partner is required to join the course. You will perform with different members of the class, acquire some great dance knowledge and with the added benefit of feeling healthier! The is no class on Saturday 30th September.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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