3 February 2023 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

Dance, wellbeing and cancer

Chaired by the RAD’s Head of Research, Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, and featuring dance psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt (author of Dance Psychology: The Science of Dance and Dancers), Professor Vicky Karkou (co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing), and award-winning dance and health specialist, Emily Jenkins (Move Dance Feel).

Marking World Cancer Day (4 February), this event brings together three speakers in conversation on leading dance research and advocacy, wellbeing, and cancer. The discussion will be of interest to dancers, enthusiasts, educators, and teacher and student members who are interested in the benefits of creativity, movement, and dance during cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

This is an online event.

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12:00 - 13:00 GMT 1 hour Free (RAD members) | £6 (non-members)

Dr Peter Lovatt. Photo by City Headshots Dublin

About Dr Peter Lovatt

Dr Peter Lovatt is a dance psychologist and former professional dancer and the author of The Dance Cure (2021). As a university academic, he researched the psychology of dance – most recently working with people with Parkinson’s. Peter is head of Dance Psychology at Movement in Practice, and is the co-creator, alongside Darcey Bussell and Lindsey Lovatt, of the Move-Assure: Dance for Mental Wellbeing Programme. In 2021 Peter was diagnosed with stage 3 bowel cancer.

About Professor Vicky Karkou

Vicky Karkou. Photo Edge Hill University.

Vicky Karkou is the Director of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University and an internationally known academic and researcher in the arts and arts psychotherapies. She joined Edge Hill University in 2013, originally as a Professor of Dance, and more recently as a Professor of Arts and Wellbeing in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine. Vicky has gained extensive external research funding for her international research, including funding by the Wellcome Trust (arts interventions and mental health of helping professionals) and by the European Union (dance for cancer care). She is also a core member of the International Arts Therapies Research Alliance, working on international commissioned projects from the WHO Arts and Health Office. She is widely published in chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and has published four books. She is currently preparing her fifth book while continuing her co-editing role for the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.

About Emily Jenkins

Emily Jenkins. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

Emily Jenkins graduated from Oxford Brookes University (Performing Arts, Culture and Communication), followed by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and an MA in Creative Practice. Emily has worked within participatory dance for over a decade, for flagship organisations including English National Ballet. In 2016 Emily founded Move Dance Feel, a Community Interest Company offering dance to women affected by cancer, and works in partnership with leading cancer support organisations to incorporate dance into their care programmes.

As a dance and health specialist, Emily serves as a Dance for Health committee member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). In 2020 Emily was selected as a Winston Churchill Fellow, gaining funding and support to develop a new training programme for people working in both the dance and the health sectors. In 2021 she was selected winner of a National Lottery Art, Culture and Film Award.