London: Men’s confidence on the dance floor rises with age. And by retirement, it is at an all-time high, says a new UK research.
But the opposite is true for women, with nothing matching the abandonment of dancing in front of the mirror as a teenager.
The findings are based on a study of thousands of Britons carried out by Peter Lovatt, a professional dancer turned psychologist.
Dr Lovatt asked almost 14,000 men and women to imagine they were dancing at a party and to rate their prowess.
This revealed how ‘dance confidence’ varies with age.
The study also shed some light on ‘dad dancing’ – the wild moves made by men of a certain age at wedding receptions.
When Dr Lovatt asked those taking part to describe how they danced, he found men in their late 30s and 40s owned up to making exaggerated and unco-ordinated moves.
This may be nature’s way of keeping them out of the way of young, fertile women, says the researcher.
“I believe everybody can dance. You don’t have to move like John Travolta, just be yourself,” the Daily Mail quoted Dr Lovatt, of the University of Hertfordshire, as saying.