Peter Lovatt (aka Dr Dance) is a Psychologist and former professional dancer.
Darcey Bussell knows how important dancing has been throughout her life. As a prima ballerina, she found it gave her structure and confidence. And when she retired from her professional career 12 years ago, she realised just how crucial dancing had become. 'About a year afterwards it came in this massive wave that I was missing something about who I was as a person, and it was dance basically.' So today she still dances, 'different styles of dance but just not taking it to the obsession I did with classical ballet'.
Since her retirement from professional ballet, Dame Darcey Bussell has become a formidable advocate for promoting dance at all stages of life, and to help not just the body, but just as importantly the mind. She has piloted dance classes for schoolchildren across the country and spoken in Parliament calling for dance to be a key part of the curriculum to help children's fitness. She is aware that tackling our mental health crisis is an important challenge that affects many in the UK today and strongly believes that the value of dancing is undervalued in improving our mental health. So in this programme, Darcey's mission is to meet a wide range of people using dance as therapy and as a result experiencing the joy of 'dancing to happiness'.
Every lecture should be as exciting as a Broadway musical
Professional dancer to Dance Psychologist
TV and Media Projects
Stage and Screen
Peter has made two full length TV pilots in the UK and USA. He made Doctor
Dance for Channel 4 (through Tiger Aspect) in 2012 and Doctor Happy for A&E
network (through Brian Graden Media) in 2016. Peter has made three full length
theatre shows: Dance Doctor, Dance (which premiered and ran for 23 nights at
the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe), Inspired (which premiered in 2011) and Boogie on
the Brain (which premiered before a UK Tour in 2018). Peter’s first academic
book, Dance Psychology: The Science of Dance and Dancers, was published in