In the September 8, 2010 online edition of Biology Letters of the Royal Society scientists — who have already solved all the world’s problems so can now just sit back and have fun — make the claim that ladies are attracted to certain dance moves by their male partners. While, other dance moves, well, not so much.
According to the researchers, “Male movements serve as courtship signals in many animal species, and may honestly reflect the genotypic and/or phenotypic quality of the individual. Attractive human dance moves, particularly those of males, have been reported to show associations with measures of physical strength, prenatal androgenization and symmetry.”  In other words, man no dance good, woman no mate with man and make babies.
For this study 19 male subjects danced randomly for 30 seconds to a drumming beat. Their movements were captured by computer and converted into androgynous, three-dimensional avatars, ensuring the female judges focused on the dancing and not the physical attractiveness of the dancer.  Thirty-nine women selected to judge the dancing avatars, deemed this avatar’s dance moves worthy with which to dance the night away:

The good dancing avatar’s, “Linear regression subsequently revealed that three movement measures were key predictors of dance quality; these were variability and amplitude of movements of the neck and trunk, and speed of movements of the right knee.” Or, if you just, you know, nod your head to the beat while moving your torso from side to side and insert a few right knee bends and lifts, the ladies will be all over your Fred Astaire.  But, if you go the way of the bad-dancing avatar (below) and slow down your moves and go for the safety of your Jr. High Robot moves, we gals will be on the other side of the room faster than you can dimestop your dance to ask ‘why?’

In my opinion, what the study intentionally left out, is actually quite relevant: attraction.  I’m sure I’ve danced with both forms of these avatars and unless the guy was a straight up perve, I didn’t mind his moves.  I mean guys, we girls forgive and accept. Really, we do.  If we like you already, we’re not going to run away from some bad dancing. It’s not that strong of an indicator for marriage, fatherhood, or even a slice after the bar shuts down.

As for this girl, I wouldn’t mind dancing with this guy!

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