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:
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- Musical theatre dance: beginnersCourse start date: Wed 4 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clinton GoldsmithLearn, develop and hone your dance technique in this fun and vibrant class. We will explore some of the most popular musicals from some of the best loved West End and Broadway shows. Suitable for beginners.Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 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.
- 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
- Tap dance: beginnersCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jacqueline PertIf 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.
- Introduction to actingCourse start date: Wed 1 Nov 2023 (and 4 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.
- Sonic arts: an introductionCourse start date: Thu 2 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul ChiversSonic or sound art is expression and creativity through sound, beyond the confines of music. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.Full fee £79.00
- 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.
- Clowning and physical comedyCourse start date: Sun 14 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftDiscover the fundamentals of fun, exploring what makes us laugh and what it means to be a clown. We’ll dive deep down into the funny bones of comedic genres that have lasted centuries and learn techniques in the physical style of comedy performance. No previous experience needed. Warning: a great deal of serious silliness will be had!Full fee £89.00
- Mask technique and performance (level 2)Course start date: Sun 11 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftA creative, high energy and inspiring workshop in mask characterisation and mask physicality. If you are interested in learning about performing in full mask this one day workshop will introduce techniques helping to build confidence and understanding of mask performance. Masks provided.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £41.00
- Core energeticsCourse start date: Sun 12 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueCore 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
- Mask technique and the physical body (level 1)Course start date: Sun 2 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sean CroftThis playful and creative mask course, suitable for students at any level, introduces you to the mask. You will be carefully guided to explore the principals and techniques required to bring a character to life, to create speech with the body and without the voice. Masks will be provided but why not bring along some different style outfits and a variety of hats with you, then you’ll have more to play with on the day.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
- Combining voice and PilatesCourse start date: Sat 6 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate MontagueThis innovative and one-off workshop shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. A fun but intensive Saturday workshop in the college.
- Authentic jazz dance: general levelCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rosaria SativaVenture back to Vintage dance styles! As the solo dance of the Swing family, Authentic Jazz is a blanket term for a number of popular dances from the 1920s and 1930s – the Charleston, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Suzie-Q and many more. Danced to Jazz and Swing music, and like the other styles of the same family, it is energetic and playful. Ideal for confident beginners and those with some prior knowledge.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
- Ballet Christmas intensive: NutcrackerCourse start date: Mon 11 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Dilek TaptikIn perfect sync with the season and an all-time Christmas favourite ballet we offer this fun 3-day intensive exploring the repertoire of the ‘Nutcracker’. You will explore some of the Nutcracker characters and dance sequences and have an opportuity to perform all learned material on the final day. To beneift from this course you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £69.00
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