News: I bet you look good on the dancefloor: scientists research the best moves

Friday 28 March 2014 by Lise Smith

Researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen have discovered the secret to looking good on the dancefloor – at least as far as British men are concerned. And the results, rated by a team of volunteer observers, are perhaps surprising in their simplicity: it’s all in the speed of the leg movements, particularly the right knee, and the size of the head, neck and torso movements. Arm movements count for little, according to the study.

Bending, twisting and tilting the neck and torso are all correlated with good dancing, as are larger leg movements and twisting the right knee. Bad news if you’re a floor-fixated shuffler or shambling dad-dancer: the team believe that dance movements could be signals for traits including “health, fitness, genetic quality and developmental history,” although further study is needed on this issue.

We’ll be attempting to replicate the team’s research findings with a trip to the Roxy and some banging tunes this weekend. For science.

Read more and watch the videos at the Telegraph (26 March 2014) and the Washington Post (24 March 2014).

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