Louisa Petts is a Ph.D. candidate at C-DaRE, Coventry University. She is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship award offered by Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Her research interests broadly concern community dance for the psychosocial health and well-being of older adults, people living with dementia and their caregivers. Currently, her research queries whether community dance classes in different dance genres all offer entirely unique experiences of well-being and meaning for older adult populations. Louisa studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was a recipient of the Trinity Laban Dance Award Scholarship. She graduated with an M.Sc. in dance science in 2019 with distinction. Prior to this, Louisa studied at the University of Roehampton, achieving first-class honours, and receiving the prize for Best Dissertation in BA Dance Studies in 2018. Louisa has worked as a community dance artist delivering dance classes to those living with dementia in assisted living homes and people with Parkinson’s disease. She currently works as a dance science lecturer with bbodance and as an editorial assistant for JDSP. Louisa is also part of the site-specific research project ‘The Shape of Sound’ collective.
Contact: Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK.