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. Acting improvers: character work
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Develop your acting skills and build confidence on this improvers course. Using both improvisation and text, we will explore various techniques for building distinctive characters, with an emphasis on playful discovery and fun!
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00
  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 Concession £111.00
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  5. 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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  6. Introduction to film music
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  7. 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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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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  10. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  11. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

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