Listen up, gents. Women are attracted to dancing…yes, dahn-cing. And when it comes to dance moves, wide, sweeping, flamboyant moves are best for attracting the ladies.
In a study published this week in the journal, Biology Letters, a publication of Britain’s Royal Society, researchers found that when rating male dancers, women preferred those who had a wide range of dance movesand focused on the head, neck and torso. Think popping and locking.
Researchers from Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen in Germany asked 19 men aged 18 to 35 who were not professional dancers to dance in a laboratory for one minute to a basic drum rhythm. They filmed the men’s movements with a dozen cameras, and then turned those movements into computer-generated avatars so the study could focus on moves, not appearances.
Scientists then showed the dancing avatars to 37 women, who rated their skills on a scale of 1 to 7. Women rated the best dancers as those with wider, sweeping movements and those that had a variety of moves.
Evolutionarily speaking, women may subconsciously judge how fit a man is by the fluidity of his dancing. According to one of the study’s authors, Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist at Northumbria University, their research was likely subjective and different cultures would have different measures for what constitutes good dancing. He advised bad dancers to improve their core body moves.
“The movements around the head, neck and trunk were the most important,” he said. “The good dancers had lots of different movements and used them with flair and creativity.”
I don’t think men who are bad dancers should get down on their chances of attracting females. I think in general women are just attracted to men that will dance. Embarrassingly bad dancing will probably repel before attract women, but as long as a man is willing to move, I think he should be okay.
Dancing is movement. Movement is health. Health is attractive. So dance—it’s that simple.