Dame Darcey Bussell is the guest editor for this issue of Dance Gazette. In this most challenging of years, it feels right that the beloved ballerina and President of the RAD has shaped an issue with a special emphasis on the way dance impacts on mental health and wellbeing, even in difficult circumstances.
Darcey speaks to psychologists with performance expertise, and we also meet dancers from New Zealand as they emerge from lockdown. We learn how Audrey Hepburn – Darcey’s favourite movie star – drew on her ballet training to forge her unique career, while a timely discussion explores how Black Lives Matter may change ballet forever.
Peter Lovatt and Darcey Bussell outside the entrance to the Royal Academy of Dance (July 2020)
Peter Lovatt, Darcey Bussell and David Jays outside the entrance to the Royal Academy of Dance (July 2020)
Dr Peter Lovatt spent over 20 years working as a university academic. He set up the Dance Psychology Lab to understand dance and dancers from a psychological, scientific perspective. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and his teaching has been highly commended. Find out more about his academic life here
Peter Lovatt is an author and he has written two books: “The Dance Cure, the surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier” was first published by Short Books in the UK in 2020. “Dance Psychology, the science of dance and dancers” was first published in the UK in 2018. Peter has also writes commissioned articles. Find out more about his writing life here
Peter Lovatt is an international keynote speaker who delivers groovy keynotes which inspire, entertain and get minds and pulses racing. Peter has given keynote talks around the world and he has worked with organisations from different sectors, for example, in the banking, tech, creative, education, health and automotive industries. Find out more about his keynotes here
Peter Lovatt is a founding director of the Movement in Practice (MiP) Academy. The MiP Academy is a specialist provider of education in the psychology of movement and dance. MiP Academy is an accredited provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), providing both anytime learning and scheduled face-to-face learning opportunities. Find out more about MiP Academy here
Peter Lovatt became known as Dr Dance through his TV and media work. He first appeared as Dr Dance on the Graham Norton Show (BBC) in 2008 and Dr Dance has since made over 1000 appearances across all major UK TV and radio networks, in magazines and newspapers and on stage. Dr Dance has made several stage shows, including “Dance Dr Dance” (2010), “INSPIRED Psychology Danced” (2011) and “Boogie on the Brain” (2018). Find out more about Dr Dance here
Peter Lovatt lives on the beautiful north Norfolk coast with his partner and their two sons.
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