Study: the science of sexy male dance moves (video)

what makes for sexy male dance moves.

The psychology department at Northumbria University in England videotaped 19 dancing men between 18 and 35 grooving to the same dance track heavy on drums and rhythm. 12 cameras filming simultaneously picked up signals from 38 reflectors worn on the men's bodies. A computer synthesized this information and created digital versions of the dancers on a plain gray grid, like something out of the original Tron. This eliminated any bias the women would have in judging the dancers' attractiveness based on such factors as physical appearance, clothes, or setting. 15-second clips of each dancer were then rated by heterosexual women on a scale of 1 to 7.

Dances that incorporated larger and more variable movements of the neck and torso were considered more appealing, as were dances that utilized faster bending and twisting movements of the right knee. This could be a result of the fact that 80% of people are right footed and use their left as a pivot while their right boogies. For more of a visual understanding, see the examples below of both attractive and unattractive dances.

These findings are vague at best, but they do open up a new area of research. Now scientists are tasked with narrowing in on exactly what makes for appealing dance moves by showing dancers with only one or two different movements. Also, the study only used 35 females to rate these dances, which often isn't enough women to give an opinion when picking out a wedding dress. Until more research is done, uncoordinated men on dance floors around the world will be contorting their torsos and necks, and flailing their right knees like broken marionettes. Although they'll look ridiculous, as long as they also seem confident and relaxed, someone will find them attractive, or at least ballsy.


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Before I ever set foot on my first dance floor in junior high, it was ingrained in me as a white male that I didn't know how to dance. Through the years I've lived up to this stereotype, but along the way I've learned a few tricks to make my moves less offensive. Considering that the majority of people at a dance club also have no clue what they're doing, being confident and relaxed in your movements is enough to convince some that you know what you're doing, or at least that you're not afraid to look like a fool. Of course, this dancing strategy will only take you so far if you're born with the genetic inability to find and keep the beat.

Unfortunately for the rythmnless, dance is a key element in every culture. Even many animals have mating dances. For humans, dancing is a way of displaying your physical fitness and attractiveness to potential mates. This is why it's such a popular activity at any pick-up scene.

Now scientists who have undoubtedly watched good male dancers from the sidelines and wondered how these moves differ from their own, have endeavored to discover exactly

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