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. Chamber music: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire in this short 5 week weekend intensive. For classical instrumentalists at grade 6 or above, with good sight-reading skills. Break week 26th of Feburary 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Contemporary African dance
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
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  3. Flamenco: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    A friendly intensive class, with live guitar accompaniment, that focuses on the confident execution of Flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students wishing to revise the basics and learn fresh choreographies. Performance opportunities throughout the year.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  4. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Fine-tune your audio skills by performing in a BBC radio drama on this weekend workshop in the media studio. For those with lots of previous experience, either through courses or industry.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  5. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £111.00
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  6. Come and sing: Guys and Dolls
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    Guys and Dolls - the iconic musical from 1950 and the1955 film starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra contains some of the most memorable repertoire from the 20th century musical theatre catalogue. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop. "Fugue for Tinhorns", "I'll know", "A Bushel and a Peck", "Adelaide's Lament", "If I were a Bell", "Luck be a Lady" and " Sit Down you're Rocking the Boat"are just some of the classic songs covered. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like to sing solo.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  7. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Sunday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and holistic connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  8. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  9. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    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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    97% of 100
  10. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Apr 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break weeks: 6th May & 28 May 2023.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Shakespeare and the body
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Unlock Shakespeares hidden physical language through the work of Lecoq, Meisener, Michel Chekhov and Grotowski as we discover a deeper, more physically rooted and emotionally driven connection with Shakespeares work. No experience is needed for this short intensive course however an openness to explore and to develop text and physical performance simultaneously is necessary.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  13. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (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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  14. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,



    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.



    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 £77.00
    Rating:
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  15. Whispering ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    How can the impact of what we hear and feel enhance our connection to our voices? Learning the skills of ‘quieter’ activities in such a loud, fast-paced world can result in improved wellbeing. Through body-mind connection and the use of vocal sounds, whispering, gestures, rhythms and touch, you can not only reset your nervous system, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice in this afternoon workshop.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00

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