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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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.

Browse our Performing Arts courses below and enrol today!

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. Jazz dance: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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.

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    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  2. Max/MSP: interactive music performance software

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 17 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Max/MSP is a highly versatile program, allowing you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It's great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video tools suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation work.

    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: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  3. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a vlogger? Don't know where to start? This course will help you discover your potential as a presenter, build up confidence in talking to camera and communicate with your viewers.

    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: £54.00

  4. Contemporary dance: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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.

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    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  5. Township jazz

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Online sessions in which you will explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Learn to play Township tunes and enjoy the opportunity to improvise. All instruments welcome, and please notify the music department in advance as to what instrument you will play.

    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: £79.00

  6. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. How to present and interact on Zoom

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you use Zoom for business meetings or communications? How do you come across? Would you like to improve your image, sound, background, performance, voice? This is a non-technical course for people who want to look and sound their best on Zoom, with advice, tips and tricks to enhance your video calls simply, whether you’re at home or in the office.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Presenting to camera: children's TV

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to be a children’s TV presenter? How do you start? Blue Peter or YouTube? Sticky back plastic or silly voices? This intensive course will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like being a children’s TV presenter. You will be taught how to engage with your viewers, for pre-school or older children. We have many City Lit success stories who have gone on to present on high profile channels such as Channel 5’s Milkshake. Why not you?

    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

  9. Flamenco: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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.

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    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  10. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy.



    This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.

    Tutor: Alan Nixon.

    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

  11. Improvising and composing your own cadenza

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Cadenzas in Baroque and Classical music are wonderful opportunities to express a musician’s unique voice and display the best of their particular technical abilities. In this online course, you will be led through a process of playful experimentation, improvisation and composition, leading up to the creation and performance of your own unique cadenza. Open to any single line instruments (sorry not keboard/guitar) who have completed at least four years of tuition, this course is suitable for a wide range of abilities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Nine lessons and carols: a brief history

    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a Service of nine lessons and carols? Where did it begin and how has it become associated with the chapel and choir of King’s College, Cambridge? Explore the cultural and musical history of this service in our short online course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  13. Introduction to electronic music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Great works: Tallis Fantasia

    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and explore Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (also known as the Tallis Fantasia) by Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of the best-known works for string orchestra and previously voted a ‘top five’ work by radio station Classic FM.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Burlesque: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our fun taster sessions are 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 with or without previous 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 visit to the studio.

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    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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

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