Science Says Women Like These Terrible Dance Moves

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Researchers from Northumbria University in the U.K. and Germany's University of Gottingen claim they have cracked the code to dude dancing, and found dance moves that are scientifically proven to be aesthetically pleasing to a woman's eye. Having seen these "moves", we now believe women have low standards.

The moves include the one-legged accordion:

A riff on the running man:

And whatever this is:

I am certain that these moves are the basis of night terrors. But as much as I'd like to say they are decrepit figments of gnarled imaginations, they are actually what a group of 37 women found appealing. Researchers set up an experiment and had 30 men dance, recorded their motions then showed these moves to women who rated the dance moves.

"They [researchers] found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee," The Washington Post reported. And from those results, those images and this video was born:

The new information is particularly important to the human race because we've been told time after time that dancing well correlates to sexual performance and could make someone more attractive to potential suitors. And it's the reason many young men tried to emulate Justin Timberlake:

The good news for men looking to impress women is that, according to these 37 women, the bar is not that high. If you need further proof of women lowering their standards, here is a bad dancer:

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