So you, a man about town, are out at your local discotheque or roller rink and on the hunt for some strange. (Yeah, I'm fluent the latest dude lingo.) You know that your success will be made or broken on the dance floor, but do you have any idea what moves will most likely lead you to a sexual encounter with the hottest chicky-babes? You probably don't, but guess what? SCIENCE does.
A team of researchers and evolutionary biologists from Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen recently broke down the sex science behind the art of the male dance and pinpointed which moves make female observers the most interested and/or horny.
From The Washington Post:
[Researchers] recruited 30 men to dance to a core drum beat for 30 seconds. The dancers were given no specific instructions on how to dance beforehand, and their movements were recorded via a sophisticated motion-capture system. Each dancer's 30-second routine was then used to animate a "featureless, gender-neutral" computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.
Here's a video of a dancing avatar that women liked:
Sorry, I accidentally posted a video of the best dancer of all time. Here's the actual avatar:
Whuddya know! Turns out, all a woman really want is the grownup version of the Ally McBeal baby!
Here's a dancer that they found less appealing:
The research team then broke down which kinds of body movements were deemed most appealing:
They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee. In what might be bad news for the 20% of the population who is left-footed, left knee movement didn't seem to matter. In fact, certain left-legged movements had a small negative correlation with dancing ability, meaning that dancers who favored left leg motion were rated more poorly. While not statistically significant, these findings suggest that there might be something to that old adage about "two left feet" after all. One final surprise - arm movement didn't correlate with perceived dancing ability in any significant way.
So basically all you have to do to attract ladies on the dance floor is keep your arms rigidly at your sides, make sweeping and erratic movements with your head, neck and torso and repeatedly pop you right knee. Ain't that right, Johnny Castle?
Great. Now let's practice some arm-less lifts.