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Michael Jack­son liked to ‘Shake his Body’ and Billy Idol would ’Dance on his Own’. Lady Gaga says ‘Just Dance’. Few men can La Bomba like Ricky Martin, but Guru’s res­i­dent groovster James Lloyd eY­plains how a guy’s dance floor grind can wow the women.

This Valen­tine’s Day, ro­mance will be on the minds of many men around the world. But how should a man go about wooing that spe­cial girl or guy of his dreams? Well, get your glad rags out guys: ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished last year, an im­pres­sive dis­play of danc­ing may be one way to win some­one’s heart, as James Lloyd ex­plains... It’s a com­mon sce­nario. You’re at a wed­ding re­cep­tion, the speeches are over, and a DJ starts do­ing his thing in the cor­ner of the room, ob­scured by a wall of tacky disco lights. Be­fore long, the com­pli­men­tary cham­pagne be­gins to work its magic on the rev­ellers. A mildly ine­bri­ated Aun­tie Valerie is the first to wan­der onto the dance floor, de­cid­ing that a slightly dented rep­u­ta­tion is a small price to pay for hav­ing a good time. Un­cle Bob is next to fol­low, loos­en­ing his tie and rolling up his sleeves the minute he hears the open­ing blasts of ‘ Y.M.C.A.’. Mean­while, the best man – let’s call him Dave – has his eye on one of the brides­maids, Emily. Hug­ging his warm pint of Heineken, Dave looks long­ingly at Emily as she glides across the dance floor like a swan on roller skates. Feel­ing ever more tipsy, he puts down his beer and shuf­fles to­wards her. Sud­denly, ‘ Y.M.C.A.’ gives way to the moody drum and bass in­tro of ‘Bil­lie Jean’. Dave spots his chance. Mov­ing deftly through the throng of dancers, he po­si­tions him­self op­po­site Emily and be­gins to en­gage in a mat­ing rit­ual wor­thy of any bird of par­adise. Com­pletely obliv­i­ous to the on­look­ing crowd, Dave bends his torso from side to side like a man pos­sessed, si­mul­ta­ne­ously shak­ing his head to the beat whilst per­form­ing an elab­o­rate twist­ing rou­tine with his right knee. The rit­ual seems to have worked: 30 min­utes later both he and Emily are locked in a ro­man­tic em­brace, gen­tly sway­ing to ‘Lady in Red’ amidst a sea of teary-eyed cou­ples. Dave’s se­cret? He’s fa­mil­iar with a re­cent ar­ti­cle in Bi­ol­ogy Let­ters, which shows that cer­tain dance moves are more likely than oth­ers to ig­nite the pas­sions of a woman. Nick Neave and col­leagues at Northum­bria Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Göt­tin­gen used mo­tion-cap­ture tech­nol­ogy to record

the move­ments of 19 men danc­ing to a ba­sic drum beat. Each dancer was then mapped onto a com­puter-gen­er­ated avatar, and 37 het­ero­sex­ual women were asked to rate the avatars on their danc­ing prow­ess. By cor­re­lat­ing the women’s rat­ings with the avatars’ move­ments, the sci­en­tists were able to come up with a recipe for suc­cess­ful boo­gieing. The three fac­tors that con­trib­uted most strongly to a high dance score were ‘neck in­ter­nal/ ex­ter­nal ro­ta­tion vari­abil­ity’ (head shak­ing), ‘trunk ad­duc­tion/ab­duc­tion vari­abil­ity’ (side­ways bend­ing) and ‘right knee in­ter­nal/ ex­ter­nal ro­ta­tion speed’ (twist­ing speed). Th­ese move­ments, claims the study, may pro­vide signals of a man’s suit­abil­ity as a sex­ual part­ner by in­di­cat­ing his phys­i­cal strength, health, fit­ness, and/or ge­netic qual­ity. Ac­cord­ing to Neave and his col­leagues, dance in hu­mans is “a set of in­ten­tional, rhyth­mic, cul­tur­ally in­flu­enced, non-ver­bal body move­ments that are con­sid­ered to be an im­por­tant as­pect of

sex­u­al­ity and courtship at­trac­tion”. This links us to wolf spi­ders, man­akin birds, and sea­horses (amongst other an­i­mals), all of whom per­form courtship dis­plays to en­tice mem­bers of the op­po­site sex (see side­box: ‘Na­ture’s movers and shak­ers’). So, men, if you’re look­ing to woo on the dance floor, then you can’t do much bet­ter than shak­ing your body like the prover­bial Po­laroid pic­ture. And don’t for­get to twist those knees like there’s no to­mor­row…* *NB: Guru does not ac­cept any re­spon­si­bil­ity for mi­nor in­juries, de­flated egos, or red-faced hu­mil­i­a­tion suf­fered as a re­sult of this ar­ti­cle. Danc­ing is to be un­der­taken solely at the reader’s dis­cre­tion.

Fur­ther read­ing:

Neave, N., et al. (2011). Male dance moves that catch a woman’s eye. Bi­ol­ogy Let­ters, 7: 221-224.

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