Today’s article is going to help you get through your turns while preventing you from getting dizzy, by introducing a technique called “spotting”. This is something we teach starting with the very first right turn we do, and we reinforce it throughout our beginner classes.
What is spotting?
Spotting is a technique used in many form of dance, from ballet to salsa to ice dancing. It’s done by rotating the body and head at different rates; as the body is turning at a smooth and constant speed, the head remains fixed on a spot for as long as possible, before rotating at a much faster pace.
Spotting is useful for two reasons: first, it enhances the dancer’s control in turning and spinning, and secondly, it prevents dizziness, as the dancer’s head remains stationary for a longer period of time.
How to spot
A good way to practice spotting at home is to pick a stationary object or spot at eye level (like a picture frame or a coat hanger), slowly rotating your body while still looking at your spot, then, quickly rotate your head as your neck nearly reaches its maximum extension. After you are comfortable with this, try spotting while doing a single right turn, then double turns (if you know how), and finally, multiple turns.
Here is a video that demonstrates this technique and walks you through the exercise above:
Unfortunately, spotting isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. It’s a technique that needs lots of practice, but once it’s ingrained it will help take your spins to the next level. So get spotting!