In a research published in the Scientific Reports, experts used motion-capture technology to record the moves of women dancing to a drum beat. Then, they were turned in into featureless avatars which are shown to both men and women for rating.
There are sort of shapes women should be throwing to win the admiration of others (c) Youtube
The results showed, there are sort of shapes women should be throwing to win the admiration of others. Positive feedbacks in female dancing include hip-swinging synchronized with the beat of the music.
“The other things were movements of the arms and thighs,” Nick Neave, a psychologist from the University of Northumbria, who led the research told The Guardian
. "We actually found that the more asymmetric movements were better,” he added.
The experts also worked on which dance moves can be effective in men. They learned that those who tilt and twist their necks and torsos in a variety of moves are perceived as good dancers. “We then went on to find that the stronger the male was, the better the dancer, he was thought to be,” said Neave.
The study involved 39 women aged between 18 and 30 who were asked to dance along a 125-beat-per-minute drum-based rhythm. They were turned into avatars to remove the possibility of unbiased judgements from the person's physical features.
A motion-capture technology helped experts to analyze which are the best moves (c) nycdanceproject.com
The 15 second-clips were then shown to 57 men and 143 women, who re all heterosexual and over the age of 18. These people were asked to rate on a scale of 1-7.
According to the researchers, the preference for certain dance moves in women might offer clues to potential mates, or competitors.
“The way that you move is very crucially linked to your health, your hormonal status and your personality and also possibly things like intelligence and creativity,” he said in a statement
. “You are seeing someone move and you are able to interpret an awful lot about that person from the way that they move.”
The researchers suggest, the preference for hip-swing and arm movements might be perceived as distinctly feminine traits, while the throwing of asymmetric shapes could be health clues. “We think what that is showing is that people have then got very good motor control,” he said.
Though there were different dance moves in the past, the conclusions of the research may be applicable to music from many different cultures and eras. “We weren’t getting people dancing to music that they hated or that they really liked. We just wanted to see how they moved in time to the rhythm,” he said. “Whatever the music is, it doesn’t matter, if someone is keeping to a rhythm then that signifies a decent dancer.”
The importance of the study can also be linked to snagging mates. “Studies like this help us build a more complete picture of how we, like many birds and other animals, can use dance to attract attention from the other sex,” said Bronwyn Tarr, a dancer and researcher on dance and human evolution from the University of Oxford in a statement
“Based on this Western study, those of us looking to up our dancing-game should remember: the hips don’t lie.”
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