Instantly recognised as Doctor Dance and a former professional dancer Dr Peter Lovatt is a British Psychologist famous for his work on dance, and for helping people find their joy. An outstanding, witty and compelling speaker, he runs the Dance Psychology Lab, appears regularly on TV and is the master of on-stage edutainment – educational entertainment.
As I said in my closing remarks to the audience, I doubt that the main lecture theatre in the John Henry Brookes building at Oxford Brookes University had ever witnessed as inspirational or energizing a lecture as that given by Dr Peter Lovatt on the Psychology of Dance. By 'energizing', I mean the whole audience getting up and 'throwing some shapes' not once or twice, but repeatedly and en masse throughout out the lecture, so much was everyone taken by Dr. Lovatt's lead on stage. By inspirational, I will give one example from my own experience. As I was saying good-bye to members of the audience, one elderly lady approached me saying she had Parkinson's and her companion for that evening's husband had recently passed away having suffered from Parkinson's too. Having attended - and participated in - Dr Lovatt's lecture they were both going straight on to their Parkinson's help group to encourage fellow members to get up and do some dancing. I can't think of a better endorsement of Peter Lovatt's ability to get a serious, evidence-based message across to his audience in such an uplifting way.
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Peter Lovatt holds the academic post of Reader and Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire where he runs the Dance Psychology Lab. His academic research addresses questions such as: what’s the link between dancing and neurodegeneration? How does dancing change the way people feel, think and solve problems? And, why is the way we move linked to our hormonal and genetic make up? Peter has a BSc in Psychology and English, a MSc in Neural Computation and a PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology. He carried out his post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge.
Before studying psychology Peter was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting. Peter decided to combine the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and became known as Doctor Dance after his work was featured on TV, radio and in the national and international press
A popular speaker he has been delivered many keynote talks around the world. His clients include: 5 EDx talks: TEDx Observer London (2011, 2012), TEDx Youth Manchester (2012),
TEDx Oslo (2011), TEDx Berlin (2010). Corporates include Design Hotels, ESOMAR, Qualtrics. Interactive talks at major science centres, include: Edinburgh Science Festival, The Wellcome Collection, Science Museum London, Barbican, Bloomsbury Festival, The Royal Institution and the World Science Festival, New York. He is also a regular speaker for the School of Life.
As a TV Dance Psychologist he’s appeared on many popular shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother's Bit on the Side and the Graham Norton Show. He is currently in development for a TV show in the USA called Dr Happy.
Peter has been interviewed by, and his work has been reported in serious and mainstream magazines (e.g. Scientific American Mind, Psychologies, Cosmopolitan, Top Sante) in the broadsheet and tabloid press (e.g. The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and The Sun). He has also appeared on on serious, scientific radio programmes (e.g. Radio 4’s Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live) on television and in the specialist dance press (e.g. Dance Today).
Internationally, he has been featured in the American press and TV (e.g. Good Morning America), in Europe, Russia, India and Australia. Videos of him discussing his research have been very popular on-line. One of Dr Dance’s videos, which sat on the BBC Radio 4 website for over four years, has appeared on the top 10 most watched videos on the BBC website
Since 2016 his research on mood changes following dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease has formed part of the OCR A level Psychology syllabus.
please note Dr Dance speeches are great fun, can be interactive and are tailored to the clients brief.
Happiness and the Rhythm of Life
Research shows that whatever makes you happy—whether it's singing, dancing, making love or playing games—is doing more than simply putting a smile on your face.
Unlocking the Secrets of Creativity
We get stuck in set patterns of thinking. Peter explains how you can break away from these repetitive patterns and release your creative potential.
Good Moves: Learning with your body and mind
Why do we have to sit still when we're trying to learn something? Are we afraid that the clever stuff will fall out of our head? It won’t. This talk is about the relationship between learning (clever stuff) and moving.
Dance, Hormones and Thinking
Peter explains why is the way you move your body influenced by your hormonal and genetic make up? And why is dancing good for our health and well-being? And why would some people rather pull out their finger nails than dance?