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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  1. Music theory: counterpoint 3

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Break weeks 6 & 27 May. Tutor: Selena Kay [external website].
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  2. Ukulele: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and learn the chords, strumming techniques and tuning that will enable you to play the ukulele. Learn whole songs by the end of the course. Ukuleles provided for the sessions to start the course if you do not (yet) have your own.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  3. Prepare for opera

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this advanced-level workshop. Learn which styles and repertoires suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly. This course has mid-term breaks on Bank holiday mondays: 6th and 27th May.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  4. Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles

    Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you 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 ensemble playing. Offered every term. Tutor: George Sleightholme

    Mid-term break: 29 May.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Acting: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Classical ballet: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  7. Ballet pointe: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course offers you the opportunity to get introduced to pointe work at a pace that allows you to understand how to execute the basic exercises correctly. Working with correct alignment and safely are a focal point and to address any issues and concerns you may have. To get the most out of this course you should have attended regular ballet classes for at least 6 to 12 months.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00

  8. Piano: transition to workshop A

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing and music reading, and your confidence! Taught in the digital keyboard classroom with work on acoustic pianos. This course has scheduled break weeks: (Bank holiday Mondays): May 6th & 27th.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Piano workshop 3

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Creating drums and beats

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to all genres. Tutor: Max La Villa.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. The long 19th century III: national pride and new directions

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this last part of the course, we turn to the nationalists of Germany, Russia, Italy, Scandinavia and Spain, and the importance of folk music. And, as the century ends, we come to those composers seeking to break the boundaries of tonality itself. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week on 28th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Classical guitar 3: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of modules 1 and 2, and other experienced classical guitar players. Practise scales and arpeggios at grade 7 and 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Piano/keyboards 2: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move beyond grade 1 piano repertoire and develop your technique and fluency. The repertoire in this module will encompass more complex rhythm patterns and scales from the grade 2 syllabus. Taught in the digital piano classroom.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Piano workshop 7

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, with focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Comedy sketches: writing and performing for TV

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create, write, perform and edit comedy material for TV. Working under the guidance of a multi and Emmy award wining director and producer you will gain recording studio experience and basic editing skills.

    This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those progressing from DMP050 writing for radio.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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