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. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all

    genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Men's ballet

    New
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.

    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Tap dance: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.

    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.

    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

  5. Screen acting: advanced

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who already have but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.

    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. Screen acting: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera. This is course will provide you with a keen awareness and understanding of performing to camera.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  7. Voiceovers: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore ‘on mic’ the skills and techniques required across a range of audio/voiceover situations, from radio commercials to talking books and beyond. 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: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00

  8. Clarinet advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Music theory: counterpoint 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this improver's class. A comprehensive and supportive online workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights. Break weeks: 4 & 25 May.

    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: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Improvisation workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation.. We'll explore various methods of

    rehearsing and performing in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Music theory: diploma topics 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Acting improvers: exploring text

    New
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take a closer look at the world of the play through detailed text analysis and improvisation. Continue your development as you explore exercises, and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven scripts and scenes from great writers. Consolidate skills and deepen your understanding in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Piano/keyboards 1E

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Keyboard harmony and technique A

    New
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 5.

    This module focuses on keys, chords and cadences. You will also develop finger-dexterity through study of exercises by Diabelli. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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

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