Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme

£1500

Mental Skills for Dancers - 10-week Tutorial Programme

with Dr Peter Lovatt

Dance Psychology is the study of dance and dancers from a scientific, psychological perspective. When Dance Psychology is applied to dancers and dance teachers it can help people develop a set of mental skills that are an essential part of every dancer’s toolkit.

Mental Skills

Mental Skills include topics such as managing performance anxiety, motivation and the pursuit of excellence. But it's not always about controlling the negatives, mental skills training is also about helping dancers to push the boundaries of the art form, communicate emotion through their movements, helping them to understand the ups and downs of the creative process and helping them to understand the demands of learning and remembering long sequences of movement patterns.

What's in the Course?

Mental Skills for Dancers is concerned with understanding the relationship between a dancer's mental skills and their dance training and performance. Its aim is to give people the tools they need to become the best possible dancers. This course is focused around four key topics:

  • Core Mental Skills - including motivation & goals, performance anxiety, self-esteem and perfectionism

  • Patterns of Thinking - including thought-based habits, creativity and artistry

  • Neuro - understanding the brain-body connection in dance

  • Watching Dance - what do people "see" when they watch other people dance?

Best Practice

Some of the best dancers in the world have mental coaches who work alongside their dance coach to help them to become the best possible dancer, both physically and mentally.

Dance is a full-brain Workout

Mental Skills are, in short, concerned with everything that is going on inside a dancer's head as they learn, train, rehearse, compete and perform.

From the Royal Ballet School to You

Mental Skills for Dancers concerns a set of mental skills that are relevant to dance. This course has been written and developed by Dr Peter Lovatt, who teaches Dance Psychology and Mental Skills to students at the Royal Ballet Upper School and to dance teachers studying for the Diploma in Dance Teaching at the Royal Ballet School.

For Dancers

This Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the teaching and/or learning of dance, and who wants to enrich their dance practice. For example, it is appropriate for teachers of dance and movement and it is appropriate for people who are serious about their dance training.

Dance Breaks

And there are Dance Breaks too. Simple, short dances are woven through the learning materials to help students stay physically active during the learning experience. After all, our moto is "when you move, you improve".

Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme

£1500

Who is the tutorial programme for?

This Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the teaching and/or learning of dance and who wants to enrich their dance practice. For example, it is appropriate for teachers of dance and movement and it is appropriate for people who are serious about their dance training. These tutorials were originally created by Dr Peter Lovatt from a series of lectures he wrote for the Royal Ballet School, and they have been crafted for dancers and for people working with dancers, such as teachers, choreographers and movement directors. These lectures are also suitable for psychologists who are interested in the psychology of dance.

Theory and Application

The focus of this course is on studying mental skills for dancers from key academic research and theory papers, and then thinking about how this knowledge can be applied in all areas of dance training and performance.

  • Theory

    Each session will be focused around a particular mental skills, such as performance anxiety or self-esteem. Students will have read a paper prior to the session and the paper will be presented and discussed by the group. The aim of this element of the course is to foster an understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches to mental skills for dancers and of how these affect the way the knowledge base is interpreted.

  • Application

    During each session we will move from theory to application by discussing how the theoretical concepts and research findings can be applied in all aspects of dance training and performance. The aim of this element of the course is to develop a deep and systematic understanding within this specialised field of study and to understand how dancers can use this information to optimise performance.

Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme

£1500

FAQ

  • What is the learning format?

    The mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme is based on the model of small group supervision, where we discuss, present and think about the application of theory and research in all areas of dance teaching, learning and performance. The settings we discuss will be based on the specific interests of tutees.

  • How many teaching and learning sessions are included?

    There will be ten 2-hour tutorial sessions plus each tutee will have the opportunity to engage in four one-to-one sessions with the teaching team.

  • Where will the learning take place?

    The tutorials and one-to-one sessions will take place over Zoom.

  • How many students will attend each tutorial?

    The tutorial sessions are limited to a small group of 10 tutees.

  • How frequently will tutorials take place?

    Tutorials take place weekly during the 2021 Lent term

  • What day and time will tutorials take place?

    Tutorials take place on Wednesdays at 11am (UK time) and the first tutorial will take place on Thursday 14th January 2021.

  • What are the Tutorial Programme term dates?

    The first tutorial session is on Thursday 14th January 2021 and tutorials will run weekly until the 11th February. We will then have a reading week before the final five tutorial sessions are held from the 25th February until the 25th March. One-to-one sessions will be scheduled by arrangement with each tutee.

  • What will happen in the "Theory" sessions?

    Theory sessions will be led by Dr Peter Lovatt and will focus on the critical analysis and evaluation of key research and/or theory papers in Mental Skills for Dancers. These sessions will take a problem-solving approach and the endpoint of each session will be focused on how mental skills for dancers can be applied in the real world.

Mental Skills for Dancers

Tutorial Programme Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Tutorial 01 - 14 January 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 1 - 14 January 2021
  • 2

    Tutorial 02 - 21 January 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 2 - 21 January 2021
  • 3

    Tutorial 03 - 28 January 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 3 - 28 January 2021
  • 4

    Tutorial 04 - 4 February 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 4 - 4 February 2021
  • 5

    Tutorial 05 - 11 February 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 5 - 11 February 2021
  • 6

    Tutorial 06 - 25 February 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 6 - 25 February 2021
  • 7

    Tutorial 07 - 4 March 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 7 - 4 March 2021
  • 8

    Tutorial 08 - 11 March 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 8 - 11 March 2021
  • 9

    Tutorial 09 - 18 March 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 9 - 18 March 2021
  • 10

    Tutorial 10 - 25 March 2021

    • Mental Skills or Dancers Tutorial 10 - 25 March 2021

Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme

£1500

Principal Lecturer

Peter Lovatt BSc, MSc, PhD

Peter Lovatt

Principal

Peter Lovatt

Dr Peter Lovatt is an award-winning lecturer with over 25 years of university teaching experience. Peter recently left his post at the University of Hertfordshire, where he was Principal Lecturer and Reader in Psychology, to set up Movement in Practice. Peter started out as a teaching assistant at Stirling University in 1993, where he ran seminars on Cognitive Psychology and had his first experience of marking coursework. This was followed by a Psychology Teaching Fellowship at Essex University where he taught Psychology undergraduates, while he completed his PhD. At the same time Peter was also involved with teaching at the Centre for Continuing Education, which provided a range of open access courses for people to complete in the evenings and at weekends. Peter got his first full-time lectureship in 1996 in the Department of Psychology at the University of Greenwich, where he taught Cognitive Psychology and Research Methods. In 1998 he moved to the University of Cambridge, where he taught on the MA in Applied Linguistics and supervised PhD students in the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics (Faculty of English). From 2001-2003 Peter was a visiting Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he taught the Psychology of Language to undergraduates, and from 2001 to 2004 he held the full-time post of Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Kingston University. In 2004 Peter moved to the University of Hertfordshire to take up the post of Reader in Psychology where, in 2008, he set up the Dance Psychology Lab and established a course in the Psychology of Performing Arts, which included lectures on Dance Psychology. In 2009 Peter’s teaching was Highly Commended in the Vice Chancellor’s Awards. From 2008 to 2019, Peter taught the Psychology of Performing Arts and Dance Psychology at every level of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (from first year undergraduates to PhD candidates) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2017 Peter started to teach Dance Psychology at the Royal Ballet School in London, to both the vocational dance students as part of the Healthy Dancer course, and also on the Diploma in Dance Teaching.

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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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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Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme

£1500

Start of Term

The Mental Skills for Dancers Tutorial Programme begins on the 14th January 2021 at 11am UK Time

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