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. Musical theatre dance
    Course Date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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
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    100% of 100
  2. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This online course is for violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning repertoire, supported by technical studies.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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    100% of 100
  3. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  4. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    We will continue developing ballet technique through barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have been practicing for some time and have a strong grasp of techniques and terminology.

    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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  5. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 11 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Practise and improve your basic tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Dance burn
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (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
  8. Men's ballet
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  9. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Course Date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  10. Silver Swans ballet class improvers
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This improvers course will focus on expanding existing knowledge of ballet technique and vocabulary and is designed to enable you to learn and execute more varied and complex movement sequences. There is an emphasis on delivering ballet technique to facilitate healthy joints, flexibility, movement quality and core strength.

    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s and the improvers course is suitable for older leaners with at least 1 year of foundation ballet or Silver Swans 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A group cello class for those who have been playing for at least four years, and are at least Grade 5 standard. You will explore solo and ensemble repertopire, play in all clefs and in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Dance 60+
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  14. Cello workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is for students playing at Grade 4 standard at least.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Ballet at the barre
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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