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article imageStudy: Certain male dance moves attract women

By Laura Trowbridge     Sep 8, 2010 in Science
Researchers from Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK have discovered what moves women find attractive while watching men dance.
The study, led by psychologist Dr Nick Neave and researcher Kristofor McCarty, used computerized 3D avatar figures to see what "key movement areas of the male dancer's body influence female perceptions."
There were nineteen male volunteers used in the study, from the ages of 18 to 35, who were filmed with a 3D camera system while they danced. Their dance moves were then mapped onto featureless avatars so the 35 heterosexual women in the study could rate each man's dance skill without being influenced by how physically attractive the men were.
There were eight "movement variables" that the women found to be either good or bad in a male dancer.
"These included the size and variability of neck, torso, left shoulder and wrist movement - and the right knee's speed of movement."
The women liked seeing "large and varied movements involving the neck and torso."
Dr Neave said he believes the dance moves "may form honest signals of a man's reproductive quality, in terms of health, vigor or strength."
Dr Neave told Sky News: "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.
"If a man knows what the key moves are, he can get some training and improve his chances of attracting a female through his dance style."
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