Fathers who embarrass their children by dancing badly at weddings and discos can now blame evolution, thanks to a recent study.
According to Psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt of the University of Hertfordshire, UK, men aged between 36 and their sixties dance badly to repel younger women.
The recently released study shows a correlation between dancing, hormones and sexual selection.
Research carried out for the study suggests that woman can gauge the testosterone levels of their dancing partners by the style and energy of their moves.
As men get older their co-ordination becomes limited and they attempt complex moves making themselves look awkward. This is an evolutionary device that warns off younger women of child-bearing age.
Dr Lovatt said “With a little practise men could trick younger women by watching how younger men moved and by simplifying their routines.”
Asked if this theory applied to women Dr Lovatt said “Men look at women’s hips. At the most fertile part of their monthly cycle, women move their hips more.”
Although dancing is an evolutionary device to attract a mate, Dr Lovatt said “We dance for many reasons, but it is a fantastic way to keep fit.”