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 long and short 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. Radio and podcast presenting: advanced (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    This is a new opportunity to take your love of radio presenting to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This weekend workshop will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  2. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    This class uses traditional dance stretches as its base and is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their flexibility, range of movement, improve alignment and relieve muscular tension. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect warm-up for the Modern Jazz dance class that follows it.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
  3. Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  4. Creative instrumental ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 31 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Come and get creative with your instrument! Learn to create original music in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere with an experienced tutor and like-minded musicians.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  6. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century and contemporary novelists. Join our friendly Wednesday lunchtime reading club! This term:



    The Remains of the Day-Kazuo Ishiguro



    Bilgewater- Jane Gardam.
    Full fee £129.00
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  7. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  8. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and acting through song technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00
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  9. Floor barre: general level
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Floor barre is a wonderful conditioning programme for everyone, regardless of age and ability. Work through all the important muscle groups while safely supporting the body on the floor. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
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  10. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Jan 2024 (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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  11. Men's ballet
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wimpress
    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00
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  12. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    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 £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £168.00
  13. Musical analysis for audiences 1
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Exploring beneath the surface of a musical work can help us decipher programme notes, understand the work’s context and a composer’s intentions, and greatly enhance our enjoyment of a performance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00
  14. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional wellbeing through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  15. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Feb 2024 (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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
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