Peter Lovatt Dance Psychologist

Using Movement and Dance to enhance people's lives

Dr Peter Lovatt is a Psychologist with a special interest in movement, dance and well-being.

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When you move, you improve

Dr Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist. This means he spends his life thinking, teaching and writing about how humans are transformed by movement. Peter spent twenty years working in university research labs, where he studied the impact of movement on human thinking and behaviour, and on the symptoms of the neurodegenerative condition known as Parkinson’s disease. Peter’s expertise is in experimental cognitive psychology and his work on memory, thinking, mood, language learning, problem solving, dance and Parkinson’s disease has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is the author of two books – The Dance Cure: The surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier and Dance Psychology: the science of dance and dancers.

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Doctor Dance

Professional Dancer turned Psychologist

Dr Peter Lovatt is an engaging academic and former profesional dancer. His 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 Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness (BBC2), 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, Britain’s Got Talent, and he has been interviewed on national and international radio programmes, such as Saturday Live and Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4).

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Training, Implementation, Engagement

Dr Peter Lovatt runs a training academy called Movement in Practice. Movement in Practice is a place to learn about the psychology of movement, and also to develop movement-based implementation plans – to enhance the human experience in business, education, dance, health and social care settings.

Move-Assure is an example of a Movement in Practice Implementation Plan, which seeks to enhance mental wellbeing through movement and education. Move-Assure, it’s not a workout, it’s wellbeing.

Peter loves to engage people with the psychology of movement. He does this by speaking at events, writing books and appearing on TV, radio and in the international media.


The Dance and Flourishing Quiz

To Flourish is to grow, prosper and develop, and flourishing is thought to play a role in social-psychological wellbeing. I’m interested in the relationship between how often people dance and flourishing. Whether or not you dance, please take this short, anonymous, 9 question, quiz to help me understand the relationship. At the end you will see your flourishing score.

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Benefits of Movement

Science and research show us that movement can enhance human experiences in business, education, health and everyday life. Movement can stimulate:

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The Doctor Dance process is easy!

Our happy customers

Peter has helped thousands of people move

Here’s a flavour of some of Peter’s feedback

Ryan Smith

Co-founder of Qualtrics, Booked Peter for main stage keynote at Qualtrics X4 in Salt Lake City.


“Peter was amazing at Qualtrics – he broughht an awesome energy to the room that got people fired up, dancing and learning at the same time. It was a great experience from start to finish and I can’t wait to hear him speak again.”

Charlotte M.



“Your session today with Google was brilliant. I absolutely loved it.”


Attended Boogie on the Brain


“It was tremendous – I listened, I cried, I laughed, I danced. It was really quite something”

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How it all begins

Frequently Asked Questions

Please get in touch if you have any questions. Here are a few questions that people have aked in the past.

Yes. Dr Lovatt currently teaches through Movement in Practice. He offers a range of pre-recorded courses on Mental Skills for Dancers, which he first wrote and taught live at the Royal Ballet School in London. He also teaches on the Movement in Practice Facilitator Training course, which is a 9-week live-on-Zoom tutorial programme which leads to qualified Movement in Practice Facilitator status. 

The Move-Assure Dance for Mental Wellbeing programme is avaialble online and can be completed by anyone at their own pace. The Move-Assure Dance for Mental Wellbeing programme was created by Dame Darcey Bussell, Occupational Therapist Lindsey Lovatt and Dr Peter Lovatt and it consists of 60 online dance sessions and weekly wellbeing tips to help people manage their mental wellbeing.

Yes. Dr Peter Lovatt loves speaking at events. You can book Dr Peter Lovatt to speak at your event by sending an email to

It depends. Please make your initial interview request by email to

Dr Peter Lovatt has a portfolio of hi res images which can be downloaded from here.

TEDx Observer 2012

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Move-Assure Dance for Mental Wellbeing - Taster Session

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For all enquiries, please contact Lindsey by email at

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