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. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  2. Contemporary dance: general level

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Contemporary dance: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Whispering: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    How can the impact of what we hear and feel enhance our connection to our voices? Through body-mind connection and the use of vocal sounds, gestures, rhythms and touch, you can not only reset your nervous system, and better manage stress, but also find a deeper connection to your voice. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. Screen acting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique to create truthful ‘on screen’ performances in this online practical course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Great Jazz composers

    Course Date: Fri 19 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Solo swing and jive: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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! We will work on basic foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required!

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Actor's voice: improvers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.

    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. Township jazz

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Play arrangements online with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.

    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

  10. Music theory: grade 8

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure, phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 29 Mar, 5th and 12 April (Easter) and 3rd, 17th, 31st May (which includes the Bank holiday Mondays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Music production with Logic: level 2

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of Logic and your skills in audio production. We will cover multiple takes, bussing, auxiliary sends, automation, and combining your audio with video.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Introduction to chamber music

    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is chamber music and what do we expect from its composers and performers? By looking at a variety of music from around 1750 we will explore some of its defining aspects and delights. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  14. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Music theory: grade 5

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and

    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. This course has multiple scheeduled breaks: 30th March, 6th & 13th April, 1st June.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

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