Peter Lovatt – Dr Dance

Dance Psychologist, Author and Academic


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 is a world-class speaker who delivers groovy keynotes. Speaking about movement, and its impact on our relationships, thinking and emotions, Peter has shared keynote sessions with Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Geena Davis, Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, Sir Richard Branson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. He takes you on a thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of the psychology of movement and how it affects uniquely human skills such as creativity and divergent thinking, skills that are important in education, healthcare and the workplace.

His work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, through which he has become known as Dr Dance. 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, Britain’s Got Talent, and he has been interviewed on national and international radio programmes.

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.