Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Belly dancing: improvers (serpentine)

    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a mixed ability class suitable for beginners and improvers. This course will build on basic flowing, accented and fast movements, working with different styles of Arabic rhythms and music. Improve your technique and refine your isolations.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Improvising in classical instrumental music: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A rare opportunity to explore improvisation in a supportive and playful environment. For instrumentalists with at least 3 years of classical training. Find creativity and freedom as you follow the greats: Bach, Mozart, Chopin….
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. Music theory: grade 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 20 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  4. TV presenting: professional training (stage 2)

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This hands-on course develops to a higher level the elements of TV presenting covered in the previous course: TV presenting: professional training (stage 1), from camera and interviewing skills to scriptwriting. You will develop and finesse to a higher level of professional ability presenting skills acquired earlier. Students who have not previously undertaken Stage 1, but with relevant experience to a sufficient standard may join this course. If you are unsure of your level, please contact the Drama Department to discuss this.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Stagecraft for singers

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 21 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are performing as a singer, in recitals, gigs, opera or music theatre, come and develop your presentation and movement skills to help you create an enagaging performance. Suitable for all levels, and all genres of solo vocal music.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Promoting your music online

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore ways to attract the right audience to your music. Learn how to upload your songs to digital music services like iTunes, and how to promote and share your work using social networks, blogs, mailing lists, music videos and more.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  7. Orchestra workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply, or contact the Music Department directly.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. Introduction to film music

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Lecoq technique: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jacques Lecoq’s style of theatre training is in the body, it involves exploration of ourselves and the world we live in with a sense of curious play. Lecoq revolutionised the format of theatre craft and his style and techniques are recognised as essential tools to any professional working actor, in its most basic or grandest of themes. It is a style that hugs you warmly and sticks with you, adaptable and diverse.

    The Lecoq technique is about the performers engagement, listening physically and their connection in the space, working together as an ensemble, devising your own work and finding new ways to do it are essential.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Dance burn

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun new dance class that mixes dance and elements of fitness with 80s/90s and current songs. This 75 minute class will give you a full-body workout and cardio session in one. It’s complete with jumping, kicking, and much more. Great high intensity training for all!
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. City Lit theatre company

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting chance to apply your previous training in voice, movement, improvisation and characterisation in the context of performance before an audience. You will work as a company towards a full-scale production, adopting industry values and standards.Course times: Mondays and Fridays 18.30 - 21.30 and Sundays 11.00 – 16.30.You will also need to be available each evening and all day Saturday during production week: Monday 30 March to Saturday 4 April 2020. Please click the pink button to start your application.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  12. Music theory: grade 8

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    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 scheduled breaks 30 Mar - 13 April (Easter) and 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00

  13. Stand-up comedy: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. For anyone who has ever made their friends laugh. Break weeks 6 & 13 April (Easter), 4 May, 25 May.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. Ableton Live: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your Ableton Live skills to the next level with this short course that will unlock powerful creative tools in Ableton Live 10.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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