Performing arts

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)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic 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.

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. Sing with confidence
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. These fun, online classes cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    We will continue developing ballet technique through barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have been practicing for some time and have a strong grasp of techniques and terminology.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. 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.

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
  3. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 update. 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.

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Voiceovers: improvers
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. Tutor: David Thorpe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00
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  5. Stand-up comedy: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This online course is suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00
    Rating:
    86% of 100
  6. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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. 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 return to the studio.

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
  7. Flamenco: intermediate
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course is online and interactive. Learn from the comfort of your own home in this fun, dynamic and intensive course. We will continue developing and perfecting your Flamenco dance technique. We will work on rhythm, style, range and variety of steps and combinations, which will lead to enhanced confidence, stamina and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
  8. Dance 60+
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Online and interactive this weekly dance and movement class improves mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  9. Silver Swans ballet class
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Online and interactive our 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  10. Method acting
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Gain the ability to immerse yourself in simple acting exercises that will enable you to live truthfully and unselfconsciously while performing. Learn how to use your own life experience to draw on for your acting work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £81.00
  11. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    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.

    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Reading English literature aloud: late 20th century and beyond
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by late 20th century and contemporary novelists Anita Brookner, William Trevor and Elizabeth Strout.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  13. Accents: standard English
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Are you an actor or other public speaker stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to speak Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  14. Song writing pod
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  15. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains in zoomsingland for this term. Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00

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