Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

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. 

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Acting and theatre

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Music

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  1. Sunday ballroom: improvers

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our classes are designed to expand and develop your repertoire of steps as well as help you polish off your technique to become more confident on the dance floor when you are attending social dances or other special events. This course is perfect for those who have completed our Beginner’s programme or equivalent.

    Students will build on their presentation skills by using their arms, hands and legs while dancing the three routines.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Silver Swans ballet class

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. If you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active, Swans ballet classes will put a spring in your step, whether you’ve never danced before or want to reboot your ballet skills. Classes focus on building the core technical principles and learning specially adapted repertoire from the popular ballets.

    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD021C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  4. Music theory: grade 2

    Course Date: Wed 23 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  5. Tango Argentino: improvers

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your skills and confidence as we build upon and perfect the essential technique of walking in partnership, functional alignment in motion, different musical rhythms and the salon etiquette. Good general fitness and coordination is required. Tutor Adriana Pegorer.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Jazz woodshedding

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore, transpose and rehearse patterns of scales and chord tones relevant to improvising over jazz progressions. Ideal if you have completed 'Jazz harmony and ear training'. Tunes will be announced a month before the course and copies sent to all enrolled students, so please enrol in good time.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  7. Max/MSP: interactive music performance software

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Max/MSP is a highly versatile program, allowing you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It's great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video tools suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation work.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Township tunes

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Four sessions led by Paul Bartholomew during which you will explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Ensemble playing and opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome, although rhythm section players should check vacancies with the Music department prior to enrolling: 020 7492 2630. Rhythm section places are limited : please contact the Music department prior to enrolling to check vacancies. Drum seat and piano places taken.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Find and use your teacher voice

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you a teacher of adult, secondary or primary level, either established or in training? Improve the way you communicate with students through appropriate and structured vocal exercises and thus develop your practice.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  10. Folk singing

    Course Date: Sun 3 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this unique class. tutor : Allison Sleator.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Piano/keyboards foundation: module 1 (early-bird)

    Course Date: Tue 5 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. You will be taught in our digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student. Tutors: Edward Breen and Edward Henderson.

    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  12. Presenting to camera for TV shopping channels

    Course Date: Wed 6 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With around 30 shopping channels on Sky, plus more online, presenting for TV shopping channels is a popular destination for presenters and experts. This course will enable you to discover your potential, present to camera, demo a product without a script or autocue, and talk accurately to time using in ear talkback. These skills are an essential part of any TV presenter’s toolkit. You will learn how to approach a shopping channel for work, and what happens in a screen test. Many presenters make a career within shopping TV, others use it as a springboard to other genres. Your recordings will be made in a multi camera studio and you will receive unedited files of your work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Song lyric writing for popular music

    Course Date: Wed 6 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  14. Orchestra workshop

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short weekend workshop for players of orchestral instruments with good music reading skills. Please contact the Music department for availability of places for your instrument.

    Tutors: Peter Crockford (conductor), Robert Puzey (leader).
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Flute and clarinet choir

    Course Date: Sun 10 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Open to intermediate/advanced flutes and clarinets to play a range of baroque, pop, jazz and world music in a group. Great for sight-reading and ensemble skills! Alto flute, piccolo, Eb and bass clarinets welcome. Tutor: Ross Thomas.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

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