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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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

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  1. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  2. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is arguably the most famous African singer of the 20th century. Her international career took off when she was recruited to sing and act the female lead in the musical King Kong. Under the shadow of apartheid this inter-racial collaboration was a groundbreaking enterprise that had reverberations for decades to follow, in South Africa and globally, including in London, where it was performed in 1961.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  3. Great artists: Chick Corea
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about the extraordinary, inspiring and influential Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, Chick Corea. Alongside Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, Corea ranks as one of the leading pianists and bandleaders since the late 1960s and his sudden demise earlier this year was unexpected and deeply felt by music fans across the world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  4. Great artists: David Munrow
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  5. Jazz at the movies
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how a jazz revolution occurred on a Hollywood recording stage when the first jazz-oriented film score for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951 paved the way for numerous movie jazz scores and created a long and illustrious line of memorable movie soundtracks composed by some the century’s most talented jazz musicians, composers and arrangers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  6. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you need help in speaking with confidence,and getting your point across in situations where you really need to make an impact? Explore ways to improve your voice and gain a skillset you can apply in future. This course will be delivered in the college.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  7. Dance burn
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dancing is the ultimate mood booster! Get your body moving with 60 minutes of dance fitness! A mix of playful choreography with 80s and 90s music to give you the ultimate workout. Dance burn is a full body workout for body, mind and soul.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  8. Play-reading
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional.



    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 £73.00
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  9. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your acting skills in this fun and challenging workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of excerices designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Acting for fun
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This online course is suitable complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.



    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 £79.00 Concession £60.00
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    97% of 100
  11. Burlesque
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Burlesque is an empowering and expressive performance art. Learn the basics of burlesque movement and dance in this glamorous short course as we explore the posture, deportment, style and elegance of showgirl movement.



    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £47.00
  12. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a vlogger? Don't know where to start? This course will help you discover your potential as a presenter, build up confidence in talking to camera and communicate with your viewers.



    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 Concession £108.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Laban: The Eight Efforts
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, choreographer and a dancer; today his work is a core element within actor training. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and are used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  14. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Increase your physical and emotional well-being 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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Reading great poetry aloud
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you enjoy reading great poetry aloud? Come and join our reading circle and enjoy speaking and listening to the poetry of Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Tennyson, Eliot, Plath, Hughes, Heaney, Duffy, Motion and Cope among others, while learning vocal technique to enhance the effect your readings have on others.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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