This secret on how to impress women on the dance floor was disclosed by researchers from Germany and Britain after filming 19 men, aged 18 to 35, with a 3-D camera while they danced to a basic rhythm, and then mapping their movements on humanoid characters.
The analysis was concentrated on three body regions: legs including the ankle, hip and knee, the arms with shoulder, elbow and wrist, and the central body with neck and trunk.
The study found that female perceptions of a good dance quality were influenced by varied movements involving the neck and trunk.
A ‘good’ dancer thus displays larger and more variable movements in relation to bending and twisting movements of their head/neck and torso, and faster bending and twisting movements of their right knee,’ the researchers said in the study published in the Biology Letters journal of the Royal Society.
Neave and fellow researcher Kristofor McCarty from Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences said the study was the first to identify bio-mechanical differences between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ male dancers.
Neave said such dance movements may show signals of a man’s reproductive quality, in terms of health, vigour or strength.
Psychologist Nick Neave of Britain’s Northumbria University was quoted as saying in a statement by the Shanghai Daily that this is the first study for objectively demonstrating what differentiates a good dancer from a bad one.