Science Discovers the Secret to Sexy Dancing

Psychologists at Northumbria University in Newcastle, U.K. have pin-pointed the moves needed to attract woman through the art of dance. Dancing might not be as important as it was during the days of disco hopping, but some woman still love to see a man move well on his feet.

They recruited 19 men between the ages of 18 and 35 to bob to a German dance track while reflectors attached to the men’s clothing recorded their moves. The psychologists then used the motions logged by the reflectors to craft avatars – the same method the makers of Lord of the Rings employed to create the character Gollum, if you’re wondering – and then asked several dozen heterosexual women to rate the avatars. By having women watch 15-second snippets of faceless white creatures rather than actual men, the reasoning goes, the psychologists weeded out possible prejudices that might creep in because of physical attractiveness.

The researchers used computer-generated avatars to act out virtual dance moves to narrow down exactly what it is that woman find sexy and not so sexy about manly dancing. Hit the jump to see the scientists interpretation of both good dancing and bad dancing.

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  1. On the bright side, most of us here in Newcastle are too blind drunk on a night out to notice how well anyone is on the dancefloor. Nice to see my hometown getting a shout out though.

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