Experts help men strut their stuff
Published 08/09/2010 | 09:04
Scientists have identified the dance moves that attract women - and the ones that remind them of Office manager David Brent strutting his stuff.
The key for men to look good on the dancefloor is to vary both their moves and the scale of them, according to research by psychologists at Northumbria University.
Contrary to what enthusiastic male dancers might think, waving their arms around is not considered sexy. Rather, women look closely at the neck, torso and right knee when eyeing up a man's moves. The research, published in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, could be studied by men struggling to woo women by giving them tips on brushing up their technique.
There may be good reproductive reasons for women being turned off by bad dancing - as men with more rhythm and style could be seen as being stronger and fitter.
The study was led by psychologist Nick Neave, who believes dance movements may form honest signals of a man's reproductive quality, in terms of health, vigour or strength, and will carry out further research to fully grasp the implications
The researchers filmed 19 volunteers with 3D motion-capture technology dancing to a simple beat, then rendered them into faceless computer characters so women would not be influenced by the dancers' looks.
Then female volunteers watched on screens and rated their performance, allowing the scientists to work out which moves made the difference.
The team found that eight movement variables were key to being judged a good or bad dancer.
These were the size of movement of the neck, trunk, left shoulder and wrist, the variability of movement size of the neck, trunk and left wrist, and the speed of movement of the right knee.