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

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. Flamenco: taster
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  2. Tap dance: taster
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Bailey
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  3. Come and sing: South Pacific
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    South Pacific - the iconic musical from the late 1940's and the1958 film - contains some of the most memorable repertoire from the 20th century musical theatre catalogue. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop. 'Bali Hai', 'I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair', 'Some enchanted evening', 'Nothing like a dame', 'Younger than springtime' and 'In love with a wonderful guy' are just some of the classic songs covered. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like to sing solo.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  4. Narration skills: intensive
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
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  5. Contemporary African dance workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This workshop combines West African dance and music with some Contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated. This is a general level class suitable for beginners and those with prior experience.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00
  6. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan, Sean Croft, Cara Jennings, Vernon Thompson
    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, and culminates in a showing of contemporary scenework to an invited audience. Successful candidates achieve the 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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  7. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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
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  8. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00
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  9. Clowning and physical comedy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Discover the fundamentals of fun, exploring what makes us laugh and what it means to be a clown. We’ll dive deep down into the funny bones of comedic genres that have lasted centuries and learn techniques in the physical style of comedy performance. No previous experience needed. Warning: a great deal of serious silliness will be had!
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 9 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  11. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00
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    97% of 100
  12. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  13. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 4 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  14. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  15. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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