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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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress
    Do you want to be an actor but find it hard to fit the training around your other commitments? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,599.00
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    98% of 100
  3. Singing with a mindful approach
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. This is a practical course in the classroom for singers in all styles, not an academic study.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00
  4. Solo swing and jive: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    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!
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  5. Pentatonics and beyond: improvising in popular music
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Explore how to improvise well in popular music. These practical interactive online sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues and jazz. We’ll study blues scales, pentatonics, and extensions to help you get the most out of your improvisation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
  6. Jazz piano: advanced
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Tackle challenging tunes and conventions in these online sessions, with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. Suitable for players who wish to continue this advanced study and new students with substantial jazz "chops".



    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 £189.00 Concession £132.00
  7. Jazz ensemble playing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    If you already play jazz and have substantial understanding of jazz harmony, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through practical study of jazz standards, improvisation and woodshedding. While we may not play as a group with the Zoom format, you will be set practical tasks and learn useful approaches to develop your playing.This class will meet every 3 to 4 weeks. Online assessment for entry to this course can be arranged after you apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  8. Contemporary dance: styles and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This ten session series led by professional teachers Francis Angol and Orley Quick, will explore different approaches to the practice of Contemporary dance, working through different styles and techniques. Each session has been designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principle and techniques of each approach taken. Working through fundamentals of movement, properties and the stylistic features of form.







    By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained greater confidence, knowledge and appreciation of Contemporary Dance practice and be able to differentiate between the various styles and technique you may encounter.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
  9. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and 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
  10. Transcribe jazz solos
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Richards
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 23 October, 20 November, 11 December 2022, 15 January, 12t February, 12 March 2023.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
  11. Introduction to acting
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Salsa: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Join us for an energetic and intensive introduction to LA style Salsa. Learn a new skill whilst having fun and discover the origins and cultural context of this passionate dance. No need to bring a partner, part of the fun is meeting new people but most of all learning a new dance style whilst having a good time.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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  13. Lecoq technique: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Jacques Lecoq’s style of theatre training is in the body, it involves exploration of ourselves and the world we live in with a sense of curious play. Lecoq revolutionised the format of theatre craft and his style and techniques are recognised as essential tools to any professional working actor, in its most basic or grandest of themes. It is a style that hugs you warmly and sticks with you, adaptable and diverse.



    The Lecoq technique is about the performers engagement, listening physically and their connection in the space, working together as an ensemble, devising your own work and finding new ways to do it are essential.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  14. Actor's voice: introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation and expressiveness. This course will be taught in the college and is a particularly good introduction for those starting regular Voice classes on the Foundation in Drama course.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  15. Ballroom and Latin: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course is perfect for those who are new to Ballroom dance or looking to brush up on existing skills. Taught in a friendly and supportive atmosphere you will learn the basic steps and techniques of both Ballroom and Latin dance. No partner is required to join the course. You will perform with different members of the class, acquire some great dance knowledge and with the added beneift of feeling healthier! Tutor: Nuno Sabroso.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00

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