Petr Veleta, MA, PhD (CZ)

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Tel.: +420603149100
E-mail: petrveleta (at) cen­trum.cz

Education:
1971 Graduated from Dance Conservatory in Prague
1971–1972 London School of Contemporary Dance
1982–1986 Academy of Music Art Prague – choreographer
2011 Graduated from Charles University in Prague – Ph.D – „Dance and exercise program for seniors”

Work experience:
1973–1982 soloist of ballet – National Theatre Bratislava
1982–1986 consultant in dance
1986–1990 chief of ballet group Theatre Olomouc
1990–1999 teacher of dance (Dance Conservatory Prague, grammar school Prague 6)
1992-present director of Peter´s Dance Centre Prague
1999-present dance therapist for seniors and patients with dementia
2000–2011 assistant director of opera at the National Theatre Prague

Projects:
1999–2000 Consultant of the project Healthy Ageing in Czech Republic
2000 Conduced project „Tančírna“ (dance therapy for disabled seniors)
2000 Autor of the book “Introduction into Dance Therapy for Seniors“ (co-author I.Holmerová)
2005 Local co-ordinator of the European Reminiscence Network Project “Making Memories Matter”
2005–2007 Research leader of a scientific study “Influence of Dance Therapy on health status and quality of life of seniors living in institutions”.
2010–2011 Dance artist and therapist in the European international project „Quality of Life“