09/08/2010 01:28 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Secrets Of Good Dancing Uncovered (VIDEO)

Using dance skills as a way to pick a potential mate is an age-old human tradition. Now, U.K. researchers are hoping to break down the science behind the "right moves."

Researchers attached censors to young men and asked them to dance, then converted the movements into a computer-generated cartoon, which women rated on a scale of one to seven.

"Good dancers are guys who are making lots of variable movements," said Dr. Nick Neave. "Movements that are large in amplitude, i.e., making quite big moves."

The bad dancers had a lot of twitchy, repetitive motions, while good dancers showed more movement with the torso, neck and head, and nice variation.