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Scientists research what makes a good dancer

Scientists at Northumbria University say they have carried out the first rigorous scientific analysis of dance moves that make men attractive to women.

Writing in the Royal Society Journal, Biology Letters, the researchers believe that movements associated with good dancing are also indicative of good health and reproductive potential.

Evolutionary psychologist Dr Nick Neave asked young men, who were not professional dancers, to dance in a laboratory to a very basic drum rhythm and filmed their movements with 12 cameras.

The dancing was then converted into computer generated cartoons - which women rated on a scale of 1 to 7.

Dr Neave explains the process and what makes a good dancer - or a bad one.

  • 08 Sep 2010