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Improving Lives Through Movement & Dance
My name is Dr Peter Lovatt and I’m an academic Psychologist with a special interest in movement and dance. Before becoming a Psychologist, I was a professional dancer and I am sometimes known as DR DANCE.
On this site you’ll find links and information about the things I’m involved with.
I am a director of the MOVEMENT IN PRACTICE ACADEMY, where our focus is on improving lives in business, education and in health and social care, through movement and dance. We’ve also produced a series of online COURSES and zoom tutorials.
I give GROOVY KEYNOTES, both live and pre-recorded.
I’ll leave you to browse, and if you need anything, just let me know.
The Dance Cure: the surprising secret (science) to being smarter, stronger, happier
The Dance Cure
I had called my work-in-progress BORN TO DANCE, because I felt that humans ARE born to dance. Scientific evidence suggests we have an urge to move and dance, and I believe this urge underpins how we interact with other people, how we think and solve problems, how we feel emotionally and how our bodies work.
I was given about five months to get the book ready and I put everything into it. Literally, everything. My first draft was way too long, at about 80,000 words.
Next came the cut and name change.
I sat in a coffee shop in London’s Exmouth Market with Aurea, my editor, and with a pair of imaginary garden shears we turned my shaggy-bush of a first draft, which was full of graphs, technical proofs and equations (that we cut out), into something smaller, neater, more engaging and readable.
We also chose the new title, THE DANCE CURE, because it shows the amazing power of dance to transform lives.
The Dance Cure: The surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier was first published in the UK in April 2020.
THE DANCE CURE: THE SURPRISING SCIENCE TO BEING SMARTER, STRONGER, HAPPIER is being published in the USA in January 2021 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins.
I hope you enjoy reading The Dance Cure, and it makes you feel groovy.
Peter Lovatt is the author of The Dance Cure
The Dance Cure, the surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier, was published in the UK by Short Books on the 2nd April 2020.
Dance Psychology: The Science of Dance and Dancers, was published in 2018.
Peter has been invited to write articles on dance by the BBC, and the Wellcome Collection and has written a collection of academic research papers on dance, memory, thinking and problem solving, improvisation, language learning, neural computation and Parkinson’s disease.
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The Movement in Practice Academy is a specialist provider of education in the Psychology of Movement and Dance.
The Movement in Practice Academy was founded by Dance Psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt and Occupational Therapist Lindsey Lovatt.
Movement in Practice uses movement to enhance human experience in business, education, health and well-being.
When you move, you improve.