Men seeking to impress on the dance floor, move that body

Wed Sep 8, 2010 7:38am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Men hoping to impress women on the dance floor now have science to help them. A European study has found that men who move their necks and trunks more to the beat are most likely to attract women.

British and German researchers filmed 19 men, aged 18-35, with a 3-D camera system as they danced to a basic rhythm, and then mapped their movements onto featureless, white, gender-neutral humanoid characters, or avatars.

A group of 37 heterosexual women was asked to rate the dance moves of the avatars, which gave no indication of the men's attractiveness, to help identify the key movement areas of the bodies that decided if their dancing was "good" or "bad."

"This is the first study to show objectively what differentiates a good dancer from a bad one. Men all over the world will be interested to know what moves they can throw to attract women," said psychologist Dr Nick Neave of Britain's Northumbria University in a statement.

The study, which also involved German's University of Gottingen, found that eight movement variables made the difference between a "good" and a "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.

The analysis was concentrated on three body regions: legs including the ankle, hip and knee, the arms with shoulder, elbow and wrist, and the central body with neck and trunk.

The study found that female perceptions of good dance quality were influenced most greatly by large and varied movements involving the neck and trunk. The speed of the right knee movements were also important in signaling dance quality.   Continued...

<p>Couples compete during the final round of the salon tango category in Argentina's eighth edition of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires, August 30, 2010. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci</p>