No previous studies have identified specific movement components that may influence perceived dance quality.
"The accuracy of the motion-capture camera system has helped us identify the specific movements within men’s dance that influence women’s perceptions of dancing ability," explained Dr Nick Neave, a senior lecturer in psychology at University of Northumbria.Read: Speak up to improve your sex life
To unravel this, the researchers filmed volunteers dancing to a drumbeat with cameras to record the difference between 'good' and 'bad' moves.
Their movements were turned into 3D avatars which were then analysed by a panel, media reports said.
Good dancing moves serve to attract the opposite sex, they concluded.