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. Comedy: writing for online, radio and podcast

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create, develop, and write comedy sketches through analysing clips, writing exercises, and some practical exploration in our TV & Radio studio. Create your own sketches, monologues, and one-liners. Learn about pitching and submitting your work.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. 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

  3. Samba: general level

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your Samba skills to the next level with more in depth work on technique, a faster speed, styling and more challenging choregraphies. We will be dancing to traditional and remixed samba music to add variety and create lots of positive energy in the class. This is a general level course suitable for beginners and those that have prior experience.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Character voice for animation, stage and screen: level 2

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focus specifically on the world of animation: character choices, script work, audition, performance and how to make an effective character reel. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  5. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear Speech

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. Screen acting: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00

  7. Audition ready

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire to build a solid base of classical and contemporary audition pieces.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Contemporary dance: general level

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Street dance: beginners

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a fun dance class that is guaranteed to get your energy pumping. We will work on your dance technique alongside your performance level, swagger and attitude!
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Jazz dance: beginners

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jazz dance is one of the most popular dance styles and is seen in musicals, TV and Hollywood movies. This class is suitable if you are new to jazz dance or if you want to develop your existing skills and confidence.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. Acting improvers: character work

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills and experience as you explore various techniques for building character. This improvers course is fun and a great confidence builder. It will spark the imagination to enable you to create distinctive characters in both text based work and improvised scenarios.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  14. Keyboard skills: sight-reading

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your understanding of sight-reading using exercises at Grade 1 & 2 ABRSM standard. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Acting for radio: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of audio work. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

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