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. Introduction to acting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to know more about the process of acting? Perhaps you have always wanted to try it or you would like to return to acting after some time away. Improve your overall confidence in yourself and in performing as you explore a range of acting exercises in a safe and exciting environment.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Piano: return to playing
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Improve your speaking voice
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Dance burn
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 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.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  5. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  6. Voiceovers: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this intensive and online version of our popular longer course you will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £140.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  9. Contemporary dance: advanced
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    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 outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £61.00
  10. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. This course will be taught 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
  11. Play-reading
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Acting for fun
    Course Date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Actor's voice: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
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    100% of 100
  15. Jazz flute
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationship, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. Live classes online.

    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

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