Physical strength and dance attractiveness: Further evidence for an association in men, but not in women

Am J Hum Biol. Sep-Oct 2015;27(5):728-30. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22703. Epub 2015 Mar 7.


Objectives: Physical strength provides information about male quality and can be assessed from facial and body morphology. Research on perception of dance movements indicates that body movement also provides information about male physical strength. These relationships have not been investigated for women.

Methods: We investigated relationships of handgrip strength (HGS) and dance attractiveness perception in 75 men and 84 women.

Results: We identified positive relationships between HGS and opposite-sex assessments of dance attractiveness for men but not women.

Conclusions: The replication of previous research investigating relationships between dance attractiveness and physical strength in men corroborates the hypothesis that dance movements provide information about male quality. We argue that these relationships are interpretable in contexts of inter- and intra-sexual selection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Beauty*
  • Dancing*
  • England
  • Female
  • Hand Strength*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness
  • Sex Factors
  • Visual Perception
  • Young Adult