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What's the most alluring way to dance? That's the question researchers at Northumbria University in the UK tried to answer in a series of tests examining what dance moves attract women to men. In the study, they rounded up a group of average Joes, asked them to cut a rug and filmed it from 12 different angles. They then scanned their movements and converted each subject into a CGI cartoon for women to analyze.

According to the study's co-author, Dr Nick Neave, an evolutionary psychologist, they came to some striking results. He tells the BBC:

"We thought that people's arms and legs would be really important. The kind of expressive gestures the hands [make], for example. But in fact this was not the case," he said.

"We found that (women paid more attention to) the core body region: the torso, the neck, the head. It was not just the speed of the movements, it was also the variability of the movement. So someone who is twisting, bending, moving, nodding."

Movements that went down terribly were twitchy and repetitive - so called "Dad dancing".

Finally, some peer-reviewed data confirming Elaine's terrible dance moves:

Elaine Benes Dances from Seinfeld

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