Newsflash: scientists have discovered that women like men who dance really well.
Don't be snarky. This is serious science we're talking about here.
Of course, dancing well is a relative term. So what does it really mean to dance well enough as a man to gain the interest of women?
According to some researchers who've just published their research in the journal Biology Letters of the Royal Society, it means none of those herky jerky movements prone to frighten children and small dogs.
And none of those repetitive dance moves that bore even the person performing them.
Instead, by using motion-capture technology to record the movements of 19 dancing men and create faceless avatars of them which were then shown 39 women, the researched found the following according to their research article's abstract:
Linear regression subsequently revealed that three movement measures were key predictors of dance quality; these were variability and amplitude of movements of the neck and trunk, and speed of movements of the right knee.
In other words, men, let Michael Jackson be your guide. You especially might want to try his patented right-leg kick.
The researchers' leading theory is that any man who dances like a hip-hop artist is giving off vibes of virility. Sounds logical.
Still, I must admit, I don't see the problem with that bad-dance avatar. I could have been the model for that guy.
I prefer to think of his moves as refined and self-assured.