Revealed: the dance moves women love

Gents, pay attention! Researchers at the University of Northumbria have used computer modelling to reveal exactly what dance moves you should pull to woo the ladies.

All is revealed in a paper entitled 'Dance moves that catch a woman's eye', published in the journal Biology Letters.

The psychologists used Vicon three-dimensional motion-capture technology to record 19 different men, and mapped their movements onto animated computer-generated models.

The resulting 15-second clips were then shown to 39 women, who were asked to rate them according to dance quality.

By analysing the women's responses, the researchers discovered that 11 movements in particular were associated with "good" dance quality.

These were narrowed down still further to the most significant three, which the scientists describe as "variability and amplitude of movements of the neck and trunk and speed of movements of the right knee".

A "good" dancer, the researchers found, "displays larger and more variable movements in relation to bending and twisting movements of their head/neck and torso, and faster bending and twisting movements of their right knee".

The right knee is singled out for special attention because around 80 per cent of people are right-footed, so they right knee moves around far more than the left one.

"We suggest," say the researchers, "that such movements may form honest signals of male quality in terms of health, vigour or strength, though this remains to be confirmed."

So long as you avoid shuffling along to the music, we reckon, you'll be fine. Judge for yourself in the videos below.

Good dancer

Bad dancer