An empirical investigation of dance addiction

Dancing is mentally dangerous, suggests this new study, which is a further advance in our understanding the threats posed by addiction: “An Empirical Investigation of Dance Addiction,” Aniko Maraz [pictured here], Róbert Urbán, Mark Damian Griffiths, Zsolt Demetrovics, PLoS ONE 10(5), May 7, 2015, e0125988. (Thanks to Neil Martin for bringing this to our attention.) […]

Ballet Dancers doing splits in an MRI scanner [hip study]

Quite a number of professional ballet dancers suffer from medical conditions brought about by their requirement to perform very extreme leg movements. To accurately evaluate such problems physicians would, ideally, like to be able to carry out MRI scans of ballet dancers whilst performing the splits. [that’s the dancers, not the physicians] And, impractical as […]

Gumboot Dancing studies (in French)

Some may find the Gumboot Dancing traditions of South Africa to be paradoxical. Take for example Professor Bernard Cros of Le département d’études anglophones de l’UFR de langues et cultures étrangères de l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X) who writes, in Cultures of the Commonwealth, No. 13, Winter 2006/2007 [in French] Etrange destin […]

Attractions of the hip wiggle / Moves like Jagger in Finland

Consider the video below, with particular focus on any anteroposterior axial gyrations of Mick Jagger’s pelvis. Many believe, presumably not least Mick himself, that hip-wiggling manoeuvres  are attractive.  But how much, exactly? For the first time, results of a study which empirically investigates (and bears Mick’s name) has been published by a team from the […]