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. Musical theatre dance

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The class for everyone who has ever been to a show and thought “I wish I were up there performing.” A fun, vibrant class, working on different numbers and styles from some of the best loved West End / Broadway shows. Develop your style, technique, and performance, and improve your confidence to dance. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. 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

  3. Presenting to camera for TV shopping channels

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With around 30 shopping channels on Sky, plus more online, presenting for home shopping TV 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 monitoring. Your recordings will be made in a multi camera studio.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Early morning dance

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start your day happy and improve your fitness and sense of wellbeing in an uplifting, early morning dance class. Wake up and shake your body down to 60 minutes of sheer dance fun.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  5. Ballet music by Debussy and Ravel

    New
    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A new style of music reflecting Impressionism in painting inspired choreographers to create exciting new ballets in the early 20th century.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Voiceovers: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Music production with Logic

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Self-presentation skills for business people

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your effectiveness as a communicator on this fun but intensive Saturday workshop. You'll learn powerful presentation techniques and life skills from a Voice specialist and Body Language expert.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  10. World music: Township tunes

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Ensemble playing and opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome. Please inform the Music department what you play when you enrol. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.

    Rhythm section places are limited : please contact the Music department prior to enrolling to check vacancies.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Radio presenting: talking to time

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In broadcasting, and any public speaking role, talking to time is a challenge and skill that takes time and practice to master. In the broadcast world, such precision helps a broadcaster sound professional and allows the programme to run on time.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  12. Actor's voice: improvers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Keyboard harmony: minor chords

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your understanding of minor chords and their relationships to scales. Learn what we mean by a supertonic or submediant chord and how to play them in different ways.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  14. Singing for fun

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  15. Salsa: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for an energetic and intensive introduction to Salsa. Learn a new skill whilst having fun and discover the origins and cultural context of this passionate dance. No need to bring a partner, part of the fun is meeting new people but most of all learning a new dance style whilst having a good time.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

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