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 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. Screen acting: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances. Ideal for those who have previously studied screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work. Also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  2. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kathryn Wolfe
    Do you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.



    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 £159.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful performances on camera. You must have completed 'Screen acting for beginners' or an equivalent course elsewhere.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Push your physicality, stamina and strength through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. Be challenged mentally and physically, take risks and work with full body awareness. This class is appropriate for people who have lots of experience in Contemporary dance and are confident with floor work.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  6. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  7. Acting: scene work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Continue your development as you explore exercises and acting techniques to bring a variety of scripts and scenes to vivid life. Consolidate techniques and expand your expression and understanding of performing in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    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 delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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    100% of 100
  9. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    If you have a good working understanding of triad harmony, these lively online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom, harmony and jazz musicianship. Some playing of your instrument and singing included. Develop your aural response, vital to operating in the jazz idiom.



    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 Concession £69.00
  10. Voiceovers: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 2 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  12. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    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 in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  13. Music theory: grade 8
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for



    keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure,



    phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). Course schedule: 27 Feb - 27 Mar, 24 Apr, 15 - 22 May, 5 June - 17 July 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £194.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Directing theatre: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  15. Mixing and music production techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for users of other systems.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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    100% of 100

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