Performing arts

From acting classes to a full range of music courses, comedy to dance, enjoy a performing arts course at City Lit in the evenings, daytimes or at weekends. We offer a range of fantastic dance classes from contemporary dance, tap dance to belly dancing classes plus voice, speech and communication courses to improve your vocal delivery and communication. We're in the centre of London with excellent facilities and expert tutors who are brilliant at communicating their enthusiasm. What will you choose?

Got a question? For music courses call 020 7492 2630 and for drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542.

Get in touch on 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

Performing arts highlights

Acting and theatre

Acting and theatre

Dance

Dance

Music

Music

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  1. Handel in London: Politics & Patronage

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Why do not British trees and forests throng To hear the sweeter notes of Handel's song?' so wrote a poet in 1740, comparing Handel to Orpheus. Come and explore the rise of Handel to classic status that took place here in London in the early 18th century. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Flamenco: intermediate

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this fun, dynamic and intensive course you will continue developing and perfecting your Flamenco dance technique. We will work on rhythm, style, range and variety of steps and combinations, which will lead to enhanced confidence, stamina and performance skills.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Piano workshop 7

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, with focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  4. Charleston: improvers

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Test your limits and gain more confidence in solo dancing as we focus on improving your basic body movements, transitioning fluidly between moves, and improvising. A good knowledge of charleston/jazz required and, more importantly, enthusiasm and determination.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Charleston: beginners

    Charleston: beginners

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun course that will get you dancing the fast and energetic charleston. Build a solid foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 20s and 30s.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Piano/keyboards 3: module 2

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Can you play grade 2 standard pieces? Improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence. Taught in the digital piano classroom.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Piano workshop 6/7

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you play piano at around grade 6,and 6+ standard, join this workshop to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, with focus on technique, textural awareness, practice and performance skills.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  8. Clarinet 3: module 1

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have a minimum of two years' experience (playing at around grade 3 standard), come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble playing. Continues to module 2 next term.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Voice practitioners: masterclass

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore through practical exercises the basic methodology of two leading voice practitioners as selected by the tutor, themselves a Voice expert, and thus establish the best process for your own development.

    This term: Rodenburg: The Right to Speak and Carey: Vocal Arts Workbook.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Tap dance: intermediate

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Piano/keyboards 1: module 3

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is the final module of our second year piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Access to HE diploma (Drama)

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Course times: Thursdays 18.30 - 21.30 and Saturdays 10.00 - 17.30

    Accredited by OCN London, the Access course is an exciting and rigorous training in the core disciplines of acting. Studying part time over a year, you will be taught by industry professionals on a range of modules that will develop your skills in voice, movement and character work. This course is perfect if you are intending to enter full time training at Drama School or if you want to build your craft as an actor and hone your developing skills.

    Classes include the study of contemporary and classical texts, voice work, textual analysis and the exploration of the work of key acting practioners including Stanislavski and Laban. You will develop creatively through improvisation, physical theatre, devising, musical theatre, screen acting and audition technique. You will also have the opportunity to develop an innovative piece of theatre on a practical and independent project. In the final term, you will apply your skills in a public performance of a full scale production, with professional values, in the John Lyons Theatre.

    Previous students have progressed to a range of drama schools that include RADA, Royal Scottish, East 15, Mountview and Drama Studio. Others have pursued careers directly within the industry. PLEASE NOTE: Course dates and times can be subject to change, please contact the Drama department for details. There will be some additional dates beyond those advertised as you will be required to attend induction day and individual tutorial dates which you will be notified of in time to make arrangements to attend.

    The course fee is £3384. If you’re unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help cover the course fee. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. A deposit of £340 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    (If you are 18 at the start of the course, the fee may be less- please contact us).

    For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.
    Full fee: £3,384.00
    Senior fee: £3,384.00
    Concession: £3,384.00

  13. Piano: advanced workshop

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class.

    This course has a scheduled break week: 1st November.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Piano/keyboards foundation: module 2

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards foundation: module 1 or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Charleston: intermediate

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This class is full of challenging Charleston choreography and mesmerising new moves. You will be moving with speed, vitality and expression with opportunity for you to wear your best vintage-style outfits! A great way of having fun and improving fitness whilst learning a unique and impressive new skill.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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