PETER LOVATT

DANCE
PSYCHOLOGIST


Since 2008 Peter has appeared in the media (TV, radio and print), made dance and psychology stage shows and been involved in the development of several TV projects. 

Here's a flavour in chronological order. Follow the links for a glimpse of cuttings and youtube vids.

2018

Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness (BBC2 2018) Broadcast date 1st December 2018


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'.


In Manchester Darcey meets an inspiring choreographer and dancer, Kevin Turner. Kevin draws on his personal mental health experiences to help young people across the world and has returned to his home town to start a therapeutic dance project for young women who have been referred by a local support group. In the last 25 years, depression amongst teenagers has risen by 70% in the UK and the girls Kevin works with suffer from a range of conditions that affect all aspects of their lives. Darcey takes part in a six-week course to see if Kevin's work can help the girls learn, often for the first time, just how much they can achieve.


At the University of Hertfordshire dancer turned scientist Dr Peter Lovatt is now at the cutting edge of dance research. He is part of a growing movement of practitioners using dance to help with mental health. Peter and his colleagues are researching to find out if the psychological benefits of social dance have a positive effect on people with degenerative conditions. They are focusing on Parkinson's and at the class they run Darcey finds their work is delivering some surprising results.


In Bury, the Silver Swans are using dance to overcome the isolation and loneliness which so often troubles people when they retire. Darcey joins their weekly ballet class and hears their stories about the value they see in dancing. To the class's surprise, she even takes them through one of their dances! In Edinburgh, Darcey meets the ladies and gentlemen of Morningside to understand how those lost to dementia - a condition that affects over 850,000 people in the UK - might be helped through music and movement.


At the end of her journey, Darcey returns to Manchester for the final rehearsals before the girls let their families see them perform. She talks to both girls and their mums about what the dance class has meant to them, and watches the hugely impressive dance they have created. It is a very emotional moment for all.


Presenter: Darcey Bussell Director: Pamela Gordon Editor: Ian Garvin Executive Producer: Ross Wilson Producer: Jonathan Skuse Production Manager: Paul McCaffery Production Company: Matchlight Ltd

The DanceSport Life Show with Dr Peter Lovatt 13th November 2018

Peter was interviewed by Bianca Tohaneanu for The Dancesport Life Show. Peter was asked about communication, self-esteem, male dancer stigma & the scientific benefits of dancing.

Listen to the interview here

Boogie on the Brain: UK Tour 2018


Written and presented by Peter Lovatt, Boogie on the Brain toured the UK in 2018, calling at beautiful old venues in Norwich, Warwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Exeter and London.


Based on the Psychology of Dance, Boogie on the Brain introduces audiences to psychology through the medium of dance. As Peter chats, everyone dances.


It's about the science of the human mind and the groove of the human body.


It's the grooviest lecture in town.


See what happens here



YOU Magazine & Mail Online 4th November 2018

 

Peter was interviewed by Laura Craik from YOU Magazine for an article called: Sexpots on the dancefloor: Kate Silverton and the Strictly newsreader phenomenon

 

Here’s what Peter wrote to Laura Craik:

 

“Newsreaders make excellent contestants on Strictly Come Dancing. Natasha Kaplinsky was the inaugural winner of the show in 2004 and Chris Hollins walked off with the golden glitter ball in 2009. But it all started with Angela Rippon, dancing with Morecombe and Wise in the 1976 Christmas Show. There are several reasons why news presenters do so well on the shiny floor.

 

Reading the news is based on clear communication, a meticulous attention to detail and an ability to retain self-control. These skills are also essential for dancing a Foxtrot, the Viennese Waltz or a tango. In fact, to learn and perform any of the dances on Strictly requires close attention to detail, self-control and the ability to communicate. So, newsreaders have an advantage from day one.

 

There are three major differences between reading the news and dancing. Whereas reading the news requires the presenter to communicate facts and information, while sitting or standing still and being dressed conservatively, dancing is about communicating feelings and emotions through the body, rather than by using words, it’s dynamic rather than static and, of course, the dancing is wrapped in vibrant colour and sequins. These three differences give us the opportunity to see a very obvious transformation; a news reading caterpillar becomes a dancing butterfly.

 

Dozens of psychological studies have shown that people like a combination of familiarity and novelty. A transformed dancing newsreader offers both. Newsreaders spend a lot of time on our screens and in our ears and are therefore very familiar to us. We trust them and know them. But then, when they appear on Strictly they become novel. They look familiar, yet completely different. I think the most important change is that we see them communicate in a whole new way. They are communicating emotions rather than words, with control and meticulous attention to detail, we believe them, and this speaks to our heart.    

 

Dancing newsreaders give us hope, they show us that change is possible, that we too have the potential to transform.”

 

Here’s a link to the article
Victoria Derbyshire - 10th October 2018

BBC 2, BBC News Channel & Online

Peter was invited on to the show to talk about dancing and its efects on relationships. But the agenda changed while the show was on air and suddenly the other guests were discussing "gaslighting", the abusive technique of manipulating someone by psychological means into doubting their own sanity. [Read/hear more on gas-lighting here] When Victoria asked Peter what he thought, he had to do some fast fancy footwork to bring the discussion around to the psychology of dance. The episode is available to watch for the next 28 days from [here]
BBC News Online - 8th October 2018

Strictly Come Dancing: Who's been hit by the curse? By Cherry Wilson

Peter was interviewed by Francesca Gillet, from BBC News Online on the so-called "curse of Strictly", which is the tendancy for the Pro-Celeb couples to fall in love (or at least have a quick snog). Peter suggested that the curse might be a natural response to five aspects of dance, all grounded in the scientific literature. They are: social bonding from shared rythmic movements, shared experience of  emotional highs and lows in dance, prolonged physical intimacy through close-hold dancing, engaging in an activity (dance) which Darwin argued was part of the human mate-selection process and dealing with the in-group/out-group dynamics which are amplified by the structure of the show. [Read more]

Peter spoke about the Curse of Strictly on BBC News Online, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Three Counties Radio
BBC Radio Norfolk - Breakfast Show - 5th October 2018

Peter (or Dr Dance as he was called) was invited on to the Nick Conrad Breakfast Show to talk about dancing, and it's impact on the symptoms of Parkinson's. Peter spoke about how studies have shown that when people with Parkinson's dance, improvements in some physical symptoms, such as balance and coordination, and some non-physical symptoms, such as mood and quality of life, have been reported. Peter also spoke about the benefits of dancing for general well-being too.

The episode is available on the BBC iPlayer [Click here

DANCE issue 484 September-December 2018

Issue 484 is packed with great articles from interviews with West End star Jonny Labey, TV Dance Psychologist Peter Lovatt, and Janet Lewis MBE, to features on Bronislava Nijinska, The Royal Ballet's flagship programme for young dancers, Tap Challenge and the Janet Cram Awards finals. Plus product features, courses and training updates and essential tips and information for ISTD members.


Article: Dance on the Mind.

You are a dance Psychologist - what is that? A dance psychologist studies dance and dancers from a psychological perspective, and does so using scientific methods. Dance psychologists address questions such as "Are humans born to dance?" "Why does dancing have an impact on a person's self-esteem?" "How do dancers remember such long movement sequences?"... [Read more]

L'Officiel Hommes Numero 54 March 2018

Qui es-tu, Peter Lovatt? Interviewed by Audrey Levy

Danseur professionnel et chercheur en psychologie, il a créé le Dance Psychology Lab, un laboratoire de recherche qui jette des ponts entre les deux disciplines. Auscultant les effets de la danse sur nos comportements et notre santé, cet Anglais est à l’origine d’étonnantes découvertes. [Read more]



Jo Good Show, BBC Radio London, 26th April 2018

Peter was a guest on the Jo Good Radio Show. 

Groovin on the Radio is always good with Jo.

Info here

BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live 24 February 2018

Peter was a guest on Saturday Live speaking about his new book Dance Psychology and the start of the UK Tour of his new show Boogie on the Brain.

The interview team were Rev. Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir and the other studio guests were Debbie McGee and Jon Cushan

The episode is available on the BBC iPlayer [Click here

2017

Men and Dance, Radio 5 Live 27th November 2017


Peter was invited to the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool to run a dance class live on air, and to speak about the psychology of men and dancing, as part of a special three-hour feature on Men and Dance on BBC Radio 5 Live's Afternoon Edition, presented by Nihal Arthanayake.


Peter LOVED dancing in the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool

Eamonn & Ruth's Seven Year Itch Channel 5, September 2017


Peter Lovatt appeared on Eamonn & Ruth's Seven Year Itch to talk about how dancing can be a great way to help couples bond, and survive the seven year itch.


Peter's segment was filmed at the beautiful Rivoli Ballroom

Dancing Times October 2017

The Blame Game, interviewed by Nicola Rayner

Partner dance can force us to confront insecurities about ourselves and our relationships. Dance psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt tells Nicola Raynor how social dance can become antisocial.

To download a PDF of the article [Click here]

Top Sante January 2017

Boogie on Down, interviewed by Lisa Buckingham

Whether you're bopping the night away at a party or to the Strictly finals at home, dance your way to healthy joints with our fun moves. Peter was interviewed for a feature on the benefits of dance. The feature includes Argentine Tango, Ballet Bollywood and Waltz, with tips for trying the different dances at home.


2016

Duck Quacks Don't Echo, Sky 1, Broadcast 30th August 2016



Peter featured on an item about the relationship between moving and problem solving. Peter's research has shown that the way people move their body is related to the way they solve different types of problems, such that imoprovised movement can improve divergfent (creative) problem solving. Amazing, but true (apparently).


Duck Quacks Don't Echo is presented by Lee Mack, and the panel were Ross Kemp, Sara Cox and Bob Mortimer.

BBC Focus November 2016

My Life Scientific, interviewed by Helen Pilcher

Strictly Come Dancing is back! Helen Pilcher talks to Peter Lovatt, aka 'Dr Dance', about music, movement and the importance of finding your groove.

To download a PDF of the article [Click here]

Leap Year by Helen Russell - How to make big decisions, be more resilient and change your life for good.

Published by Two Roads in 2016

Peter was interviewed by Helen Russell as part of her research for Leap Year. 

Throughout the book you'll read Peter's contribution on how to make big decisions, be more resilient and change your life forever. Peter changed his life by, first, dancing, and then, second, by taking a break from dancing.

He was aksed what is most life-changing, inspirational piece of music would be. It's I Am What I Am - sung by George Hearn

Stylist Magazine 16th March 2016

Too cool to dance: have we become too self-absorbed to throw some shapes on the dancefloor?

"“We are intrinsically rhythmic animals,” says Dr Peter Lovatt, head of dance psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. “Our heartbeat is a rhythm, our brains function rhythmically and we walk in a rhythm. The evolutionary basis [of dance] is social bonding – we know who the ‘in’ group are and who the ‘out’ group are.” In other words, dance is hard-wired into our DNA and our society. And now we’ve become so enslaved to our rigorously controlled lives, there’s nothing we need more than to break out and enjoy ourselves. Surely nothing in the world can beat the sunshiny endorphin rush of pogoing like a maniac to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift?...[read more]

Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 4th February 2016

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
The Times, Weekend,  26th November 2016

Body & Soul, How to be happy: eat pickles, have a ceilidh. Yes, really...by Rachel Carlyle

In an article which explored ways to be happy, including, eat more yoghurts and pickles, take up Scottish dancing, give to charity, gor for a walk in the woods, take up a team sport and get a dog (but not a cat), Peter's research was highlighted as evidence for the positive impact of dancing on people's mood.



The Science of... Dancing briefly decsribed by Sara Vetro

The brief feature, with some lovely graphics, covers sections on Dad Dancing with Pride, Cheek to Cheek, Shake It Baby, and Brain Dance.


Dr Happy, Brian Graden Media for A&E Network USA, Summer 2016


In the summer of 2016 Peter and his family spent the summer in Los Angeles making a pilot of a TV show for A&E Network. The show was called Dr Happy and was based on the idea that Peter could use dance, game-playing and the creative arts, to help people think differently about some of their worries and anxieties.


A preview is not currently available, but you can see the original (2015) taster here.

2015

Sunday Express Magazine 15th November 2015

Dance Yourself Happy. Peter was interviewed by Ruby Millington

"Dancing is becoming a lost art but as Ruby Milington explains, it's good for both your health and wellbeing.

You should be dancing sang the Bee Gees. And according to Dr Peter Lovatt - aka Dr Dance, - who runs the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire, that's sound advice"

Download the article here



The Washington Post 20th October 2015


What your dance moves say about you by Cristina Rivero


"A friend from the East Coast moved to Seattle this year and won tickets to a B-52s concert. While she was dancing, several people approached her, complimented her moves, and asked if she had attended high school in the early 1980s. She did.


The story resonated with me. Maybe music from our teenage years and early 20s isn’t the only thing that can imprint onto our identities. Maybe the way we moved to music back then can also leave a subconscious tattoo — so much so that when we hit the dance floor today, we can signal how old we are just by the way we shake our hips and move our arms and legs.


Scientific research, which has confirmed the imprint left by music, has long found that what we did in our late teens and early 20s has an unusually strong impact on our memories. It's known as the Reminiscence Bump. While experts have not yet discovered if that applies to dance, they said there's good reason to think it does. "The way we dance is related to and shaped by our previous experiences, especially to the time when we 'learned' to dance by going to clubs as an adolescent and young adult," Birgitta Burger of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research wrote in an e-mail.


Peter Lovatt, of the University of Hertfordshire’s Dance Psychology Lab in the United Kingdom, added that social dance is often "the place where we bond with our peer group, relax and enjoy ourselves, and sometimes find a lifelong mate, and prior to finding a potential lifelong mate it can be the place where we partner up with many different people. All of these experiences contribute to the development of the cognitive [behaviors] that we associate with social dance."


So here’s a social dance experiment for you. See if you can identify the dances shown in the following quiz. If you know a lot about dance, you might be able to guess more than most people. But if you're just a regular person, the ones you know and answer correctly may give a hint of the dance styles that influenced you in your teens and early 20s. [read more]

BBC Three Counties Radio, 8th October 2015



Peter spoke about Parkinson's diease and the research project at the University of Hertfordshire which examines the effectiveness of dancing on the symptoms of Parkinson's.

Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 21st September 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 14th September 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 9th September 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
New Scientist 22nd August 2015 Issue 3035

Why choosing the right workout could fine-tune your brain by Teal Burrell
 

Whether you need to focus for an exam, tap into your creativity, or curb cravings, there's a type of exercise that could help.


"PUMPING iron to sculpt your biceps. Yoga poses to stretch and relax. Running to whittle your waistline and get fit fast. There are loads of reasons why it’s smart to exercise, and most of us are familiar with the menu of options and how each can shape and benefit your body." [read more online]



Anne Diamond Radio Show, BBC Radio Berkshire 13th July 2015


Anne Diamond invited Peter to appear on her BC Radio Berkshire show to talk about the benefits of dancing for health and wellbeing
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 30th June 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Jo Good Show, BBC Radio London, 24th June 2015

Peter was a guest on the Jo Good Radio Show. 

Groovin on the Radio is always good with Jo.
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 8th June 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 20th May 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).

The Guardian Monday 4th May 2015


Dance revolution by Eleanor Tucker


It might be the last thing you'd expect people with Parkinson's disease to enjoy, but dance can transform their lives, hears Eleanor Tucker.


Download a pdf of the article here

Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 2nd February 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Jo Good Show, BBC Radio London, 23rd January 2015

Peter was a guest on the Jo Good Radio Show. 

Groovin on the Radio is always good with Jo.

Info here

Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 22nd January 2015

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).

2014

The Observer: A Festival of the Mind Sunday 12 October 2014

Barbican Theatre, London

Peter was invited to speak at The Observer's Festival of the Mind at The Barbican, London.

Peter spoke about the relationship between movement and thinking.

Dr Dance 2014 with Peter Lovatt (Alaska TV)


In 2014 BBC2, alongside Alaska TV, commissioned a taster for another version of the TV show Doctor Dance with Peter Lovatt. The commissioner for BBC2 was Jan Younghusband and the Exec Producer at Alaska was Paul Sommers (please note, all the on screen contributors are actors).


Watch the taster here
Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 21st March 2014

Peter was interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour about men and dance. Peter had caried out s study in to the reasons given by men and women for not dancing. Some of the issues for men were lack of confidence, a perceived lack of competence and due to being the wrong sort of person (wrong colour, sexuality, age).

The segment was reused for Weekend Woman's Hour

The People's Friend 18th October 2014

Dance to Health: Your Health and Wellbeing



Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 20th August 2014

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
The Psychologist, vol 27 no 5, May 2014

Interview: The accidental academic, "Dance Psychologist Peter Lovatt talks to Gail Kinman.

"I had a bit of a midlife scrisis and wondered what to do next"

Peter was asked a dozen questions about his life before he became an academic psychologist and after. From: "In a former life, you were a professional dancer and actor. Why the move to psychology? What got you interested?" to "How did you overcome your academic difficulties?" and "What do you do in the dance lab?"



Jo Good Show, BBC Radio London, 27th March 2014

Peter was a guest on the Jo Good Radio Show. 

Groovin on the Radio is always good with Jo.

Info here
Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 30th July 2014

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).
Jo Good Show, BBC Radio London, 21st February 2014

Peter was a guest on the Jo Good Radio Show. 

Groovin on the Radio is always good with Jo.

Info here

Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV (Spun Gold) February 2014

Peter appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh Show on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th February 2014. Each day Peter demonstrated a diferent aspect of dance and explained the science behind it. Peter had a ball all week but his favourite segment was dancing with the Krankies and talking about creativity.
Top Sante, January 2014

Strictly Dance Psychology by Jo Willacy

Peter's dance night was featured in the ACTIVITY ON TEST section of Top Sante. Jo Willacy wrote "...the biggest impact was made on my mood: I went from slightly nervous giggles to relaxed belly laughs. Any inhibitions I'd arrived with had long since vanished. Towards the end, I was miming trumpet-playing, eyes closed, to a jazz classic. And perhaps the best recommendation for the class was that I didn't care what anyone thought. My 'groove index' rating for Peter's class? Number one."


Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 13th January 2014

Peter was a regular contributor to Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother's Bit on the Side between 2013 and 2016. 

In each episode he spoke about the psychology and the personality of the housemates and then expressed this through the medium of dance. 

Dancing first with the gorgeous Emma Willis, before switching partner to Rylan (Peter had a bit of a thing for Emma and Emma certainly had something going for Dr Dance).

2013

Sunday Brunch Channel 4 17th December 2013

Peter was invited on to the to talk about the Psychology of Dance. He demonstrated how new year's resolutions can be achieved through engaging with different types of dance. It was the party season and Peter had fund dancing with Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.



Dance Today, October 2013, Vol: 58, Issue 145


Doctor Dance interviewed by Katie Gregory


Peter was featured in an article for Dance Today magazine. In a three-page spread Katie Gregory interviewed Doctor Dance on his work on Dance Psychology. Peter spoke about how he made the link between dance and psychology and Katie's final question was "When you're not in the lab, giving a lecture, taking a dance class, or doing contact improvisation on the bed, what are you up to?"

Big Brother's Bit on the Side 9th September 2013


Peter was delighted to appear again as the Big Brother Dance Psychologist for fun and dancing with Emma Willis. Peter demonstrated the personality of the remaining eight housemates through the medium of dance. Abz Love was a Whirling Dervish, Courtney Stodden was a Shirley Temple style tap dance (watch the video for On the Good Ship Lollipop and you'll understand), Charlotte Crosby could only be a Twerk, Lauren Harries was, in Peter's eyes and perhaps Lauren's mind, the lonely graceful beautiful ballerina spinning around atop a music box, Louie Spence was the dance of a peacock, Vicky Entwistle behaviour and attitude resembled that of the Irish washerwoman dance, Mario Falcone was a gentlemanly waltz and Carol McGiffin was best represented as a 1970's disco queen.


Peter loved being on with two genuine gems of the showbiz world Christopher Biggins and Sue Pollard and the lovely Chelsea Healey.

Born to Dance, presented by Peter Lovatt (Alaska TV for BBC2) 2013


BORN TO DANCE Alaska TV for BBC2. Filmed in 2013, Peter Lovatt made a taster tape with Alaska TV for a programme with the working title Born to Dance. The taster was commissioned by Jan Younghusband in the BBC documentaries department.


Watch the taster here


Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 8th August 2013

Peter was invited back on to Big Brother's Bit on the Side to sprinkle a little dance psychology magic over the studio. He described each of the housemates in terms of their dance-personality. Dexter had the personality of a charleston, Sophie had the personality of street dance, Jack & Joe were Zorba the Greek, Charlie was a Salsa and Hazel had the personality of Flamenco.

NOW Magazine 5th August 2013

Sex and the Style Editor by Alison Tay

Peter was interviewed by Alison Tay, the Style Editor at NOW magazine. Alison wanted advice from Peter about her dancing. She loves to dance, both socially and in a class setting.

 

Peter watched her dance and gave her some tips on how she could free her mind by using her body in a different, more natural way.

 

After her session with Peter, Alison went back to class and danced with a new pespective. Here's what she tweeted later that night:

 

Alison Tay ‏@TheStyleEditor 5 Aug

 

Guess what @DanceDrDance? I shut my eyes in the breakdance circle tonight and everyone said my freestyle was next level! Thank you SO much!
Now Magazine 1st August 2013

EXCLUSIVE Why model Emily Ratajkowski's dance moves in Blurred Lines video would be sexier if she wasn't naked


Peter was asked to review the pop video that accompanies Robin Thicke's hit single Blurred Lines. The video features three almost naked women and three fully dressed men.

London Evening Standard 30th July 2013

Peter was invited to contribute a short article on ballet:

 

"WE dance to communicate and to release pent-up emotions. In ballet, we have reached that part of the creative cycle where the constraints of technical perfection are blended with the visceral drive that is at the heart of feeling dancers. The result is an explosion, like the one accompanying Royal Ballet choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and ballerina Lynn Seymour in the Sixties and Seventies, and it feels great. Tamara Rojo has taken English National Ballet by the throat and the company has become magnetic. The shockwaves from the Bolshoi acid attack have led to a near sell-out season at Covent Garden. Carlos Acosta is right: there is no crisis in ballet unless you like your ballet safe and passionless." London Evening Standard, July 30th 2013, p45


Celebrity Big Brother & Big Brother's Bit on the Side 23rd July 2013

Peter was invited on to Big Brother's Bit on the Side to talk about the housemates and discuss how they dance. Peter had a boogie with Emma Willis and fun was had by all.

ABC Radio Australia 17th July 2013

Peter was interviewed by Nick Rheinberger for ABC Radio in Australia about his work in the Dance Psychology Lab and the concept of dad dancing. In defence of dancing dads Peter said

 

"The whole body is rhythmic -the heart beats in rhythm, the brain functions in a certain rhythm. This form of communication is much older than words," says Dr Lovatt.

BBC Radio Scotland 5th July 2013

MacAulay & Co.

Peter was interviewed live by Fred MacAulay for the MacAulay & Co radio show on BBC Radio Scotland. Peter was interviewed about his reaction to the Oxford English Dictionary's decision to include a definition for "Dad Dancing". The OED defines Dad Dancing as follows:


dad dancing n. colloq. (orig. and chiefly Brit.) an awkward, unfashionable, or unrestrained style of dancing to pop music, as characteristically performed by middle-aged or older men.


Saga Magazine 15th April 2013

Parkinson's disease treatments:hope on the horizon by Patsy Westcott

"Every hour, someone in the UK is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive degenerative neurological condition that causes tremor, stiffness, slow movement and a host of other symptoms.

The disease strikes one in 100 of us aged over 60, and one in 50 of those aged over 75. Yet despite this, and its many celebrity sufferers over the years – most famously Muhammad Ali, Michael J Fox and Bob Hoskins – it receives far less attention than many other conditions.


Thankfully, after years in the research doldrums, there are now glimmers of hope. One of the main drivers of this is the realisation that Parkinson’s is more than just a movement disorder. [read more online]


Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, February 2013

Peter was invited on to the show to talk about the Psychology of Dance. In addition to speaking about the health benefits of dancing for people with Parkinson's disease, Peter had a boogie with Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.


Playboy Magazine February 2013


Up in smoke: Playmates and the Harlem Shake by Vanessa Butler


Peter made his debute in Playboy. It's okay, it wasn't a photographic debute. The Harlem Shake is everywhere and the playmates did their own Harlem Shake. In the text accompanying the video Vanessa Butler mentioned Peter's research into how we communicate our hormones through the way we dance.


2012

The Scotsman Friday 30th March 2012

Peter's research was being featured at the National Museum of Scotland, where hundreds of visitors could have their dance movements captured and measured for science.

Dr Dance 2012 with Peter Lovatt (rough cut non-TX pilot) Tiger Aspect/ Channel 4


In 2012 Channel 4 commissioned a non-TX pilot for a new TV show called Doctor Dance, with Peter Lovatt. The show was made by Tiger Aspect and was never broadcast.


Watch the rough cut here

2011

Doctor Dance Taster - Tiger Aspect Productions, London

In 2011 Tiger Aspect made a taster for a new TV show called Doctor Dance. Peter Lovatt was the presenter and it was picked up by Channel 4 in 2012, who commissioned a full-length (1 hour) non-TX pilot, which was shot in the same year. Some of the footage was taken from other taster tapes and TV broadcasts.


Watch the taster here

The Observer July 2011

Peter Lovatt was featured in the My Bright Idea section of the Observer. Peter was interviewed by Ian Tucker.

Can you dance your way to a healthier mind? Dancing can help people with problem solving and self-esteem issues - and researchers are looking at its effects on people with Parkinson's, says Peter Lovatt


BBC London News 2nd June 2011

In 2011 the Dance for Parkinson's research project at the Unversity of Hertfordshire was featured on BBC London News. The dance teacher was Maxine Horne and the piece is presented by Sonia Jessop. The piece was broadcast on the 2nd June 2011

Watch the piece here



Why we've all got ballet fever: from fashion to fitness, ballet is this year's hottest trend. Jan Masters slips on her tutu (and chats to Peter Lovatt too).


INSPIRED Psychology:Danced - 26th May 2011

Weston Auditorium, Hertfordshire

Five amazing choreographers were INSPIRED by five psychological questions. Created and narrated by Peter Lovatt, INSPIRED Psychology:Danced is a performance of dance and spoken word where psychological stories are brought to life with fresh, exciting, dynamic dance. 

Including works by the following choreographers:

Dwayne Simms and Hannah Buckley

The Psychologist Magazine February 2011

The Psychologist is the official publication of the British Psychological Society.

In a piece entitled, Strictly: it takes you, Lucy Maddox wrote a piece about psychologists who had appeared in the media as experts, including Peter Lovatt, discussing Strictly Come Dancing.


Daily Mail 21st January 2011


Peter's research in to male dancers was discussed briefly in the Daily Mail under the heading, "Why grandpa is the best mover on the dance floor".


Download a copy

2010

BBC Radio 5 Live 18th December 2010


Peter was a guest on two BBC Radio 5 Live programmes on the same day. In the morning he was a guest on the Breakfast show and then later ion the day he was interviewed on the Stephen Nolan Show.


Peter was invited on to talk about the psychology of Strictly Come Dancing

 

In the 2010 Strictly Come Dancing season Peter Lovatt made three appearances on Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2), talking about the psychology of dance. He was interviewed by Claudia Winkleman. The VT was filmed at the University of Hertfordshire.


He appeared on the 6th October, 9th November and the 15th December
Daybreak - ITV Breakfast TV Show

Peter was a guest on Daybreak for five mornings in a row talking about the psychology of dancing.

He appeared on the show on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th December 2010

The Sun Newspaper 9th September 2010

Are you a robot or a wiggler? What those moves say about blokes, by Kate Wighton

"The way men pull moves on the dancefloor reveals a lot about their personality..., so what better time to bring you the low-down on men's knees-ups from Dr Peter Lovatt, dance psychologist at Hertfordshire University..."


Cosmopolitan magazine September 2010

The Big Question: Why can't men dance? by Dominic Utton

Peter was interviewed by Dominic Utton as part of a feature in The Man Manual section of Cosmopolitan on men and dancing.


BBC Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman 13th August 2010

Peter was interviewed by Claudia Winkleman on the Arts Show (BBC Radio 2, broadcast Friday 13th August at 10.40pm. Peter was speaking about the psychology of dance and his new show Dance Doctor, Danceat the Edinburgh Festival.

ZDF German TV 12th August 2010

Peter was featured for a piece filmed both during the Dance Doctor, Dance show at the Bedlam theatre and during his fun sessions on the Royal Mile. The package was Broadcast on Thursday 12th August. Dr Dance was the final piece in this film.

The Herald Scotland 9th August 2010

Dance like no-one's watching by Rebecca McQuillan

Dr Peter Lovatt explains why everyone should get moving and start dancing like your dad.


Dance Doctor, Dance: The Psychology of Dance Show - 6th - 28th August 2010

Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Written and performed by Peter Lovatt, Dance Doctor, Dance: The Psychology of Dance Show, ran nightly at the Bedlam Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. The show incorporated 23 Feelings in Dance, which featured a different choreographer showing their work at each performance as part of a science and art collaboration.
Neon-Redaktion (Germany) May 2010

Die Hande zum Himmel

Peter was interviewed by Marc Schurmann. Marc visited Peter's lab at the University of Hertfordshire because, he said, his wife laughed at him when he danced and he wanted some psychological tips to help him dance in a way that his wife would find less funny. Peter was sceptical, but took Marc through a dance psychology training process, which involved some face to face interviewing, a lab-based dance session and a late night visit to a west end nightclub.

You can read some of the article here - it's written in German

Humo Magazine February 2010


Dansprofessor, dans!


Peter was interviewed by Humo magazine on the psychology of dance.



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Blame it on the Boogie by Laura Bond

Peter was interviewed as part of an article about different aspects of dance. 

"Dancing has been an essential part of self expression for centuries - way before Anton du Beke first pulled on a sequinned catsuit, And with good reason, says Laura Bond, considering its benefits for health and wellbeing"


2009

The Daily Telegraph 16th December 2009

Why 'dad dancing' is down to evolution by Mathew Moore

Peter was interviewed by Mathew Moore for a piece on Dad Dancing in the Daily Telegraph, one of the UK's leading national newspapers, on how the way men move is linked to their hormonal make up.


The Guardian Newspaper: 15th December 2009

Why do people dance? by Lucy Tobin

"The office party is in full swing, you've knocked back a few glasses of bubbly and edged on to the sticky dancefloor where Fred from accounts is looking strangely attractive as he struts out some wild moves. Nearby, Ian from IT is boogieing like nobody's watching. What makes them so confident while your feet are shyly shifting from side to side? According to Dr Peter Lovatt, principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, it's to do with age, gender and genetic makeup.


Lovatt – who is known around campus as Dr Dance – has just completed a major piece of research into dance, analysing 13,700 people's responses to an online video of him, a former professional dancer, strutting his stuff. Lovatt demonstrated various dance movements, then asked respondents to rate them. He also asked people to imagine they were dancing at a wedding or disco, and say how good they were compared with the average dancer... [read more]

The One Show (2009) with Karen Hardy & Peter Lovatt


Broadcast date: 25th September 2009


Karen Hardy spoke with Peter Lovatt for a piece on BBC1's the One Show. The piece aired on the 25th September 2009 and it was all about the science of female dancing and attraction. A week earlier Peter recorded another episode with Phil Tufnell about the science of male dancing. Please note the web address shown at the end of the video is no longer active.


Watch the episode here

The One Show (2009) BBC 1: with Phil Tufnell & Peter Lovatt


Broadcast date: 18th September 2009


Phil Tufnell spoke with Peter Lovatt for a piece on BBC1's the One Show. The piece aired on the 18th September 2009 and it was all about the science of male dancing and attraction. A week later Peter recorded another episode with Karen Hardy about the science of female dancing. Please note the web address shown at the end of the video is no longer active.



Watch the episode here
BBC Radio Wales - 7th May 2009

Peter was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about stage fright and performance anxiety.

Listen to the clip here

Scientific American MIND February 2009 Volume 20 no 1

Men who can Move by Clara Moskowitz

Peter was interviewed by Clara Moskowitz about his research in to testosterone and the ways men dance.

Love Factually (2009) TV Taster with Peter Lovatt (Maverick TV)


Peter was asked to take part in a TV Taster for a proposed new TV show. The show was to be called Love Factually and it was being made by Maverick. For the show Peter set up a study in a nightclub to look at the dancing of men and women and its relationship to people's hormones and genes. The nightclub was at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.


Watch the taster here


Sexy dansen: elke man kan het by Mannon Sikkel

Peter was interviwed by Mannon Sikkel for Psychologie Magazine


2008

The Graham Norton Show - October 2008


Peter was a guest on the Graham Norton Show, talking about dancing and attraction.

Peter knew exactly what to expect when he arrived at the TV studio. He'd been told he'd be sitting in the audience and then Graham would ask him a few questions. But what happened couldn't have been more different from he'd been expecting. He was kept in the green room for the first two hours of the recording and then he was taken backstage to a mockup of an academic office. He was told to sit still until the red light went on, at which point he should "just go with Graham". Which he did! But surely he knew in advance about the giant boulder? No, not a bit of it.

Watch the clip here
Good Morning America - October 2008

Peter was interviewed on the USA's Good Morning America TV show (on abc) about his research in to dance and attraction.

Peter's contribution was shot in London and then mixed and edited together with contributors from the USA.

Watch the clip here


GMTV October 2008


ITV1 Peter was interviewed by Ben Shepherd about the psychology of dance.


Watch the clip here


A note on the green t shirt: GMTV is a breakfast show, so Peter woke up at 3:30am and was being picked up at 4am. He threw on an old green t-shirt and thought he'd get changed once he arrived at the TV studio. But oh no, as soon as he arrived at the TV station he was whisked off to record the openning dance sequence, he begged to get changed before hand but he was told there was no time. It was 4.30am, they put on some music and Peter just had to dance in his old green t shirt. Now, he always travels in camera- and dancing-appropriate clothing!

Radio 4 TODAY - October 2008


Peter was interviewed by Tom Feilden, for a feature on the TODAY programme on Radio 4. The piece was mainly about men dancing, but alongside the piece Peter collected data from BBC listeners on dance confidence. Within an hour of the show going out on air Peter had collected data from more than 10,000 people on their dance confidence.


The research was written up and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. You can read the article here

 

The Sunday Telegraph 12th October 2008

Dance into the female heart. Peter Lovatt was interviewed by Richard Gray, science correspondent

For strutting "sad dads" and shrinking shufflers, scientific hints to dazzle ladies on the disco floor.


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