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. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00
  2. Contemporary dance: advanced
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  3. Song writing pod
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs.

    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 £60.00
  4. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
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  5. Jazz dance: beginners
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Jazz dance is one of the most popular dance styles and is seen in musicals, TV and Hollywood movies. You will learn essential Jazz technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence in this fun and creative class.

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £61.00
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  6. Dance burn
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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.

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  7. Burlesque
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  8. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don' t have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you! We will work on basic foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required!

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  9. Contemporary African: general level
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  10. World music: Ghanaian Highlife
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The West African tradition of Highlife mixes Ghanaian percussion rhythms with calypso, and is played on guitars and horns. Join these live sessions to play classic tunes by Highlife artists such as Osibisa and E.T.Mensah. Open to percussionists, instrumentalists and singers - anyone who can hold a rhythm!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  11. Mime: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    There’s so much more to Mime than the striped jumper, beret and box!

    The course will cover basic techniques in Mime towards developing and creating worlds alongside opening your body up to expressionistic styles. Through technique and improvisational based classes we will play and explore some of the most renowned exercises in Mime and build on them. Engaging your imagination and developing your awareness of your body as a tool for theatre craft.

    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  12. Comedy improvisation
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enrich and develop your comedy skills in this improvisation course. Working in a fun and supportive atmosphere, you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.

    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Use your voice assertively
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.

    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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  14. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  15. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This practical online course for pianists (grade 5 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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