Why Men Won’t Dance…

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An interesting article by Nikolas Lloyd, clearly a dancer himself. A few quotes:

To dance well, one needs good health, poise, co-ordination, stamina, strength, athleticism, rhythm, balance, suppleness, speed, an ability to predict and react to the movements of others (especially for partnered dancing), and style...

One lady… told me that her mother had forbidden her to marry a good dancer, because such a man would “be trouble”...

It is well recognised that women are more choosy about sexual partners. Natural selection has armed women with dance to improve their powers of choice. Natural selection has also equipped men with a useful fear of this weapon. That’s why men won’t dance.

But do read the whole article here.

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~ by magickwords on Friday, 13 February 2015.

3 Responses to “Why Men Won’t Dance…”

  1. “To dance well, one needs good health, poise, co-ordination, stamina, strength, athleticism, rhythm, balance, suppleness, speed…”

    Perhaps true of e.g. Ballroom. Certainly not of Argentine tango.

  2. Not all of them, no, although certainly ‘an ability to predict and react to the movements of others’, as well as rhythm, balance. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on which are relevant.

  3. “an ability to predict to the movements of others” is relevent only to the so-called tango taught in UK classes, based on lead and follow.

    I’d say of that “one needs…” list, only balance applies for dancing Argentine tango, but no more than it does for any partner dance. Plus (a sense of) rhythm helps for a guy.

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