A scientific study reveals the sexiest dance moves.
Dance moves are the vehicles that express the music we hear and feel.
Some moves, like the choo-choo train, becoming literal vehicles of the groove-though may not be optimal in attracting that mate.
A study carried out by researchers at Northumbria University, which was also published in Scientific Reports, focused on female dancers to divulge what attracts us to those with the groove on the dance floor.
Unsurprisingly researchers found the most attractive moves to include swinging hips, thumping thighs and swinging arms- but never too out of control.
Asymmetric arm and leg movements were also high on the attraction list- where each limb moves independently of the other, in a moderately motive way, of course.
Out of all things, dancing in moderation is key.
Dance Dance Revolution
In their sample they found that it was the degree of movement that made the difference. The top rated dancers demonstrated intermediate rather than low or high levels of asymmetric arm movement.
The interesting part is that both low and high demonstrations might indicate poor motor control.
The scientists recorded 39 women from 18-30 as they rocked out to a drum beat from a Robbie Williams Song- riveting! (I dig Robbie but he doesn’t exactly get me in the mood to swing my arms-asymmetrically of course.)
In order to remove biases related to physical attraction, they used digital dance markers to turn the dancers into 3D digital avatars.
After 15 seconds of footage, 200 ‘raters’ ranked each dancer from 1-7.
Different dance combos can work like combining less hip swinging with more asymmetrical leg movements or bigger hip swings with less leg movements.
The research suggests that wide hip swings are appealing sexually because it is a strong sign of fertility.
It appears that the attraction to certain dance movements stems from our biological need to reproduce.
But most importantly- There are no right or wrong ways to express yourself, just have fun!
Here are the 2 videos of the ‘sexy’ and ‘non-sexy’ dance moves.