There are a variety of artists at work in Covent Garden, varying from classical musicians, to dancers, mime artists, and portrait painters. If you are inspired to have a go at the performing arts yourself, Pineapple Studios is just round the corner on Langley Street.
The example that most sticks in your mind is a contortionist who performs regularly in Covent Garden, who folds himself inside a box and hooks his knees over his shoulders to scuttle across the floor like a spider. The effect was heightened by his dreadlocks and black and white geometric-patterned leotard. All to the soundtrack of Michael Jackson. To achieve this enhanced, nay, supernatural level of flexibility, he claimed, had taken him more than ten years of extensive yoga training. I suspect he was going to different classes than Madonna's ashtanga sessions.
The long-time training centre of professional ballet, jazz and street dancers, Pineapple Studios holds many classes for beginners too. Tap dancing, latin dancing, martial arts like capoeira, and new and emerging dance forms like street and break-dancing are also on offer. Check out the timetable in advance. If you're lucky, you may even get a cameo in the documentary series of the same name, which is filmed during the lessons. Perhaps its manager Louis Spence will take a break from filming Eight out of Ten Cats with Jimmy Carr, and drop on by.