Peter Lovatt (aka Dr Dance) is a Psychologist and former professional dancer.


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Peter is a university lecturer and loves his subject. He wanted to give the biggest lecture of his life, so in 2019 he went on Britain's Got Talent. Find out why HERE

Peter shared keynote sessions with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Using dance and the spoken word Peter performed to a live audience of 11,000 people at the Qualtrics X4 Summit in Utah. On 6th March 2019 Peter spoke (and danced) in the same session as Barack Obama and on the next day Peter spoke (and grooved) in the same session as the inspirational Oprah Winfrey.

Peter appeared alongside Darcey Bussell in the BBC2 documentary Darcey Bussell Dancing to Happiness. The show first aired in December 2018 and will be repeated on BBC2 on the 28th May 2019

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'.


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Dr Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. He holds the academic post of Reader in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he set up the Dance Psychology Lab. Peter’s expertise is in experimental cognitive psychology and his work on memory, thinking, mood, language learning, problem solving, dance and Parkinson’s has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Peter is currently delivering a series of lectures on Performance (Dance) Psychology at the Royal Ballet School.

Faculty Positions

Before moving to the University of Hertfordshire Peter was a senior lecturer at Kingston University (2001-2004), he worked in industry as a Principal Research Scientist at Vox Generation (2000-2001), held the post of Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of English at Cambridge University (1998-2000) and was a Lecturer in Psychology at Greenwich University (1996-1998).

Academic Education

After overcoming a severe reading difficulty in his early twenties, Peter studied for a BSc (hons) in Psychology and English at the Roehampton Institute (degree awarded by the University of Surrey in 1993). In the same year he was awarded a national Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) scholarship to study for an MSc in Neural Computation at the Centre for Cognitive and Computational Neurosciences at the University of Stirling (degree awarded 1994) and following this he was awarded a full university scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Essex (completing in 1998).

Professional dancer to Dance Psychologist

Prior to taking his academic degrees, Peter was a professional dancer. He trained in dance and musical theatre at the Guildford School of Acting and worked as a dancer in musical theatre. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008, applying techniques from experimental cognitive psychology and neuroscience to develop a greater understanding of movement and dance. This work has led to a programme of research which examines the effect of dance and movement on the motor and non-motor symptoms of the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s.

TV and Media Projects

Dr Lovatt’s work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, through which he has become known as Dr Dance. He has been invited to give many keynotes around the world and has delivered five TEDx talks (and dozens of TED-style talks). Peter has been invited to appear on many popular TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing: It takes two, The Graham Norton Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Big Brother's (and Celebrity Big Brother’s) Bit on the Side, and he has been interviewed on national radio programmes such as Saturday Live and Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4).

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 2018.

Business facing

Peter has spoken at a wide range of international conferences, where he has addressed policy makers, business leaders and government ministers from around the world. If you would like Peter to speak at one of your events, please get in touch
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