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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. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    This course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  2. Introduction to music production
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Improve your speaking voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  4. Comedy: writing for radio, online and podcast
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    There’s a new demand for comedy online from sketch shows to podcasts. Emmy-award winning comedy producer, Alan Nixon, shares the skills behind creating your own comedy style using classic and modern techniques. Discover or enhance your ‘comedy voice’, meet fellow comedy enthusiasts and gain inspiration.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  5. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  6. Authentic jazz dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    As the solo dance of the Swing family, Authentic Jazz is a blanket term for a number of popular dances from the 1920s and ‘30s – The Charleston, Tap, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Suzie-Q, and many more. Danced to Jazz and Swing music, and like the other styles of the same family, it is energetic and playful.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  7. Songwriting workshop 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Continue to study and use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs. Live online sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
  8. Radio presenting: improvers (online)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    Extend and develop your skills for a range of radio broadcasts, presenting and putting a live news, current affairs, features and music programme to air, creating the content yourselves. You'll need to have taken the beginners’ course or have previous industry experience. This course will be online and supported by a media technician.



    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
  9. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    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. This term the 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  11. Miles Davis: from Bebop to Hip-hop
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Albi Gravener
    An in depth exploration of the music, life and times of this frequently innovative, often controversial but always influential artist. There is so much more to explore than “Kind of Blue” and “Sketches of Spain”.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  12. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be held in the media studio. Tutor: David Gooderson.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  13. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  14. World music: Afro Cuban ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn to play the repertoire, rhythms and harmony of this dynamic music. Suitable for able instrumentalists and percussionists, this workshop will help you to understand this exciting music. Learn how frontline instruments and rhythm section interact to create a dynamic and sophisticated sound.



    Develop your music reading, improvising and rhythmic skills so that you can learn to play this music with confidence. Gain insight into how to solo over some Classic Cuban and Salsa styles.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
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    100% of 100
  15. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this introductory course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100

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