In my opinion, this phenomenon is not gender biased. Fear of social humiliation is stronger in the male, as he doesn’t typically possess the compensating treats for balance that women do. That is likely the reason one would see many more women on the dance floor. Other than Seinfeld's own Elaine's little-kick dancing style, girls aren't typically vulnerable to social rejection because of their dance moves.
Thus, I believe this mysterious force would affect males and females equally, though women are more likely to physically react to it.
Without regard to any gender bias, why would a reward-seeking individual waste useful energy in an activity which does not provide immediate satisfaction to any primary animal needs?
One could say that it serves the purpose of a mating ritual, intended to attract members of the opposite sex to the physical qualities of the dancer by his shaking the most obvious appendices in public. What better way to signal good health to the group? Though this could be a plausible explanation for disco or hip hop dancing, it fails to unravel the mystery behind tango, kabuki, step dancing (rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary), post-touchdown celebratory dance, etc.
Next year, I plan to embark in an informal research project aimed at
It is still the holiday season. And for the time being, it is time to go back to a state of drunkenness.