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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: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Stretch and flex
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £48.00
  3. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    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. Ideal for those who have previously studied 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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00
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  4. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, 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
  5. Contemporary dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
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    98% of 100
  6. Contemporary dance: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  7. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    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
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  8. Musical theatre dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  9. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  10. Voiceovers: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    You will begin to explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
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    100% of 100
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
  15. 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

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