Men who want to impress on the dance floor can take advantage of scientific research. The team of Dr. Nick Neave of Northumbria University, UK in September 2010 published their findings in the renowned magazine Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

They filmed for the study with a 3D camera 19 men between 18 and 35 years, who danced freely (jerk, solo) on simplistic rhythms. All movements were stored and transferred onto featureless, white, sexless computer models. These avatars excluded influence by other characteristics such as clothing, status, age, facial features etc.

The assessment was done by 35 heterosexual women.
By this potential biomechanical (motor) differences could be found between what is seen as a good and a bad dancer. 'Good' were particularly wide and varied movements especially of the neck, upper body, left wrist and right knee. The focus on the right knee caused researchers to the fact that 80 % are right-handed, and therefore more frequently supports on the left foot to move the with the right.

In particular, the extent of movement, the variety and speed were decisive. Head banging was not found attractive. It seems powerful, but shows no variation (lateral and twisting movements, with other parts of the body). The power and flexibility of the movements also gives an indication of the physical age.

Women would feel especially drawn to dancers that make great (and much different) movements with neck and rump. The speed of the right knee showed a clear indicator of a virtuoso dancer.

Women could deduce from their moves how strong, healthy, fertile and spirited men are.

Use it to your advantage. Shake that body!