Very Serious Scientific Study Asks: Which Dance Moves Drive Girls Wild?

By Joseph Calamia | September 8, 2010 3:18 pm

Researchers say they have uncovered the dance floor moves to make the ladies go wild–at least if you’re a naked, faceless, non-gendered avatar. After recording 19 men, aged 18 to 35, with a 12-camera system as they danced in a laboratory, the researchers projected each man’s individual moves onto a computer model and asked 39 women what they thought.

The Good:

The Bad:

The avatars ruled out the influence of status or sheer attractiveness and allowed the researchers to focus on movements alone. As reported by Reuters, they found they could divide the men judged “good” and “bad” dancers by looking at eight moves: how much they moved their necks, torsos, left shoulders, and wrists; how they varied the movements of their necks, torsos, and left wrists; and how quickly they moved their right knees. Lead author Nick Neave said to Reuters:

“We now know which area of the body females are looking at when they are making a judgment about male dance attractiveness.”

The complete findings appear in the journal Biology Letters, but Neave told the BBC that variety is the real secret for avoiding low-rated “dad dancing.”

“It was not just the speed of the movements, it was also the variability of the movement . . . someone who is twisting, bending, moving, nodding.”

The team, which compares the dance club moves to wild animal courtship displays, believes the good moves might be a sign of “male quality in terms of health, vigour or strength.” As far as we know, the avatars did not get any of the women’s numbers.

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  • Kyle

    Oh yeah I’ll be practicing for my trip to Vegas. Ladies beware I’m going to bust my new sexless avatar moves.

  • 13thGeneral

    This reminds me of something I’ve seen somewhere before. Hmmm. Oh, I know…

    So, according to this study, Napoleon Dynamite is one hot dancing stud?

  • shaz

    The first is attractive because the dancer looks happy and like he’s having fun.
    The second is not because he looks like Hitler on ice.
    Got it? Happy good. Hitler bad.

  • gt

    shaz hits it on the head. the first one looks energetic, like they have stamina, like they are positive and enjoying life. that quality in general is attractive regardless of features. sometimes being charming by being goofy and having the confidence to get out and do your thing and enjoy yourself shows more about character than appearances which can be deceiving.

  • Deviled Egg

    I agree with “shaz”. The first dancer does look happy.

    The second dancer looks grumpy or something. I don’t think the results of the study are surprising or have anything to do with what women like.

  • Narflez

    The “Good” dancer reminded me of a mixture of a series of the World of Warcraft /dance emotes. What people keep saying about energetic I 100% agree with.

  • KK

    Second dancer is techno viking by the way… look it up.


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