PETER LOVATT

DANCE
PSYCHOLOGIST

Royal Ballet School

 

Healthy Dancer 2 – Performance (Dance) Psychology lectures

 

Dr Lovatt was invited to write and deliver a series of ten Dance Psychology lectures to second year students at the Royal Ballet School (Upper School). This lecture series is designed to optimise the training and performance of elite ballet dancers, by focusing on the essential mental skills which are relevant to dance. For example, the course includes Motivation and Goals, Perfectionism, Self-esteem, Stress and Resilience, Eating Behaviours, Visualisation and Imagery, Pain Perception and Injury, Performance Anxiety and Optimism. Each lecture is based on published research in the field and is focused on the practical application of this work in the dance training and performance environment. The aim of this course is to equip dancers with a set of advanced mental skills which will support their physical training.


Royal Ballet School

 

Diploma in Dance Teaching  

 

Dr Lovatt was invited to write and deliver a series of five Dance Psychology lectures to adult students on the Royal Ballet School’s Diploma in Dance Teaching course. This lecture series is designed to engage trainee dance teachers with a range of ideas in dance psychology which are relevant to the teaching of dance, at both elite and recreational levels. For example, the course includes Personality, Cognitive and Behaviour Differences, Techniques for Optimising Performance, Motivation and Goals, Human Memory, Thinking and Balance.  Each lecture is based on published research in the field and is focused on ways in which teachers of dance can apply this work in a teaching environment. The aim of this course is to equip dancer teachers with knowledge of dance psychology which can be used to support their professional work.


Photograph: Peter Lovatt (centre) with the Diploma in Dance Teaching students at the Royal Ballet School. June 2018.

University of Hertfordshire

 

School of Psychology and Sports Sciences

 

Psychology of Performing Arts

 

Dr Lovatt is the module lead for the final year option course Psychology of Performing Arts. This course is designed to engage undergraduate Psychology students with a range of psychological theories, research and ideas in the performing arts. The course covers topics such as Theatre and Human Expression, Personality and Performing Artists, Performance Anxiety, the Psychology of Magic, the Psychology of Humour, Watching Performance, The Arts in Health, The Arts in Education, Movement, Thinking and Memory. The course material is derived from the four corners of academic psychology, (social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology), the work is grounded in experimental studies and evidence and the aim of the course is to encourage students to apply knowledge of psychology to the many psychological aspects of the performing arts.

 

University of Hertfordshire

 

Dr Lovatt teaches on the undergraduate and post graduate psychology programmes across all levels. He is a first year Psychology tutor, supervises students on the Psychological Research module, supervises BSc and MSc students throughout the lifecycle of their research projects and he supervises postgraduate students at both MRes and PhD level.
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