Dance Doctor Dance
Joining in with the lord of the dance
This article is from 2010.
As the lights go up on PowerPoint equipment and a bespectacled, middle-aged man announcing himself as a reader in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, you fear you’re in for a lecture rather than an hour of Fringe fun.
But twinkle-toed Dr Peter Lovatt is on a mission to impart the psychology and science of dance, and, luckily for his audience, he wants us to join in with a practical demonstration. Using examples from his many years of research, Lovatt explains phenomena such as why it feels so fabulous to dance as well as the impact of dance on thought processes and the link between movement and emotions.
While some of his conclusions are a little trite and obvious, particularly if you’ve ever studied fairly basic biology, Lovatt’s enthusiasm for his subject is so catching that when he invites the crowd to stomp, clap, twirl and mash potato along to some up-tempo 70s disco numbers, we’re more than happy to get to our feet.
Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, until 28 Aug, 6.50pm, £9 (£7).