Welcome to the Movement in Practice Academy

The Movement in Practice Academy is a specialist provider of education in the psychology of movement and dance.

We provide online educational courses to two broad groups of people: 1. to people associated with the dance industry, either as dancers, dance and movement teachers, dance makers and people working with dancers and movers, and 2. to people who are interested in learning about how movement can be used to enhance the human experience in business, education and healthcare settings.
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Accredited CPD Activity

The Movement in Practice Academy is an accredited provider of CPD activities.

The Movement in Practice Academy is officially recognised as an Accredited Provider with the CPD Standards Office. The Movement in Practice Academy has been through a rigorous, independent accreditation process, carried out by CPD Standards. Course delegates will, upon successful completion of their chosen course, be issued with a CPD Certificate showing the number of hours CPD activity that have been undertaken.
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Who's Who at the Movement in Practice Academy

The Movement in Practice Academy was founded by Occupational Therapist Lindsey Lovatt and Psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt in 2020. Lindsey and Peter met while studying psychology in 1988. They fell in love on a night club dance floor and have been married ever since. The Movement in Practice Academy is the culmination of their joint passions: People, Education, Psychology and Movement.

Lindsey Lovatt

Lindsey loves people. She's a qualified Occupational Therapist with an MSc in Forensic Mental Health, and postgraduate qualifications in Systemic & Family Therapy, Dramatherapy, Eating Disorders, and Parenting. Specialising in CAMHS, Lindsey has always been a therapist at heart. She has spent the last 30 years working closely with people, seeking to understand. Lindsey has worked for the NHS as a leader in mental health services. With senior management roles, including Allied Health Professionals Lead for a large NHS Trust and being a specialist advisor for the Government's Care Quality Commission (CQC), Lindsey understands how people and organisations tick.

Peter Lovatt

Peter loves to dance. A former professional dancer, he's a qualified psychologist, with a PhD in Psychology, an MSc in Neural Computation and a BSc in Psychology and English. He has spent the last 25 years teaching at universities and carrying out research in Psychology, movement and dance. Peter's academic and teaching career extends from Cambridge University to the Royal Ballet School. He has written two books on movement and dance and has authored academic papers on thinking, learning, problem-solving, memory, Parkinson's disease, dance, rhythm and timing. Peter's work has been reported internationally and he has shared keynote sessions with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Perfect Preparatory Reading

Dr Peter Lovatt has written two books on the relationship between dance and psychology.

The Dance Cure

The surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier.

Dame Darcey Bussell wrote of The Dance Cure "Peter has brilliantly put into words what I have felt my whole dancing life; that the power of dance can liberate and change all our lives"
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The Dance Cure book cover. UK edition

Dance Psychology

the science of dance and dancers

Dance Psychology is the study of dance and dancers from a scientific, psychological perspective. Written by Dr Peter Lovatt (AKA Dr Dance), this Dance Psychology textbook provides a general introduction to the Psychology of Dance and then it delves in to eleven of the most central questions concerning Dance Psychology. Are humans born to dance? Does the way you move your body change the way you think? Will dancing make people happier? Can dancing put people in to a trance-like state? Will a person's dance confidence change across the lifespan? Does dancing make people healthier? Why do we enjoy watching some dance performances more than others? How do dancers remember so many dance routines? Why don't dancers get dizzy? Will dancing improve a person's self-esteem? How do we communicate emotions with our body? Drawing on academic literature, this book is engaging, technical and, in places, critical; it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Dance Psychology.
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