2020 News


Academic Publication

January 27, 2020. Peter's latest academic research was published in the Journal of Movement Disorders.

Rose, D., Cameron, D. J., Lovatt, P. J., Grahn, J. & Annett, L. E. (2020). Comparison of spontaneous motor tempo during finger tapping, toe tapping and stepping on the spot in people with and without Parkinson's disease. Journal of Movement Disorders, 13(1), 47-57. [here]


Keynote Presentations

In January 2020 Peter travelled to the USA, Finland and throughout the UK to deliver keynote presentations and to run workshops on Movement in Practice. He worked with the YMCA of San Diego as part of their leadership staff retreat, with Barona in Finland and with Darlington Borough Council's Children's and Families Services as part of their staff awayday, delivering keynote sessions and workshops.


The Dance Cure - the surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier

Peter's second book, The Dance Cure, will be published by Short Books on the 2nd April 2020.

Pre-order your copy now

Humans are born to dance. Dancing can change the way we feel and think, boost our self-esteem, help us problem-solve and even temporarily relieve symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders. Drawing on sources from psychology, anthropology and his own extensive scientific research, dance psychologist and former professional dancer Dr Peter Lovatt explains how even the most malcoordinated of groovers can use combinations of movement to improve their mood, feel energised, think creatively and ultimately transform their lives. With a cha cha here and a wiggle there, Dr Lovatt shares with us the reasons why dance is such a powerful tool for our brains and our bodies, and he presents a unique set of steps, combos and dance routines to help us dance ourselves happy.

Teaching at the Royal Ballet School

Peter is currently teaching across three courses at the Royal Ballet School. He is giving a series of lectures on Dance Psychology for Teachers of Dance to the Diploma in Dance Teaching students. He is giving a series of lectures on Performance (Dance) Psychology as part of the Healthy Dancer module taught to Year 2 students in the Upper School, and he is supervising several of the final year students as they complete dissertations on dance psychology.

2019 Summary

Peter appeared on the TV and radio, his academic research was published and he was interviewed for the print media. He gave many international keynotes around the world and shared keynote sessions with Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Richard Branson & Geena Davis. Peter taught two courses at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London and, after 15 years, said goodbye to the University of Hertfordshire.

On TV (2019)

Darcey Bussell: Dancing to Happiness. BBC2. On the way dancing can lead to improivements in health and wellbeing, Peter's section was particularly based on dancing for people with Parkinson's disease.

Britain's Got Talent. ITV. Peter auditioned at the London Palladium. He was the first person to give a lecture on the show while teaching the audience a dance routine. He got three yeses and was put through to the next round.

On the Radio (2019)

Ray D'Arcy Show. RTE. Live broadcast: 21st May 2019. On Dance and Psychology

BBC Three Counties Radio. Feature on Strictly Come Dancing and the Prospect of same-esex couples.

Newspapers, Magazines & Online (2019) Dancing benefits brain function, teamwork and health, according to a neuroscience PhD. By Minda Zetlin [here]

Keynote Presentations (2019)

Peter's biggest keynote of 2019 was for the Qualtrics X4 event in Salt Lake City in March. With a live audience of over 10,000 people, he shared two keynote sessions with Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson and Ashton Kutcher.

In 2019 Peter's keynotes took him all around the world (Australia, USA, Europe) speaking at corporate, education and health events.

Academic Publication (2019)

Rose, D., Delevoye-Turrell, Y., Ott, L., Annett, L. E. & Lovatt (2019). Music and metronomes differentially impact motor timing in people with and without Parkinson's disease: Effects of slow, medium and fast tempi on entrainment and synchronization performance in finger tapping, toe tapping and stepping on the spot. Parkinson's Disease. [available here]

Teaching (2019)

Royal Ballet School: Dance Psychology for Teachers of Dance. Diploma in Dance Teaching students

Royal Ballet School: Performance (Dance) Psychology. Part of the Healthy Dancer module taught to Year 2 students in the Upper School

University of Hertfordshire: Psychology of Performing Arts taught to final year BSc Psychology students. Plus teaching at levels 4, 5, 6 & 7. Including the supervision of postgraduate research students.  Peter retired from the University of Hertfordshire in October 2019.

UA-50527548-1 UA-118012398-1