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. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    Develop your physicality while further enhancing your understanding of contemporary dance, through technical exercises, dynamic travelling and fluid phrases. This class is appropriate for people who are ready to move on from the beginners course or who have previous dance experience.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Musical theatre dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clinton Goldsmith
    The class for everyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  4. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  5. City Lit Theatre Company
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft, Jayne Denny
    A wonderful opportunity to be part of a theatre company working alongside technical students and an experienced director to stage a play from scratch in six weeks. Use your previous practical training in acting in the context of the performance of a full production of Shakespeare's Macbeth in the John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit.







    Please make sure you read the details in section one below which gives days and times of rehearsals and details of performance week.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
  6. Use your voice assertively
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    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.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  7. The art of negotiating
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes. This course will be delivered online.



    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  8. Method acting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Continue your development and improve your skills as you work towards greater emotional, physical and psychological truth. You must have gained relevant experience and training in acting in order to join this challenging course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Directing theatre: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Radio presenting: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  13. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful performances on camera. You must have completed 'Screen acting: beginners' or an equivalent course elsewhere.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  14. Play-reading
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    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 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. 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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Clear speech
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vernon Thompson
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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