• Jackie Heinz

Why Do I Get So Dizzy??

An essential skill for dancers, “spotting” is a technique involving the head and eyes that help keep a dancer oriented and aware of the movement, direction and location in space during turns like fouetté turns, chaîné turns and piqué turns. It also helps reduce dizziness associated with spinning! As a dancer turns, spotting is performed by rotating the body and head at different rates. While the body rotates smoothly at a relatively constant speed, the head periodically rotates much faster and then stops, so as to fix the dancer's gaze on a single location.

Spotting is used by dancers for several reasons:

  • It prevents dizziness by providing a fixed focus for the eyes.

  • The fixed focus also helps the dancer control balance.

  • It helps the dancer control the direction of travel during traveling turns such as chaînés and piqués.

A Few Spotting Tips:

  • Be sure to keep your eyes, chin and shoulders level as you turn. Tilting the head or body in any way will throw off your turn, not improve it.

  • Keep your eyes on your spot as long as possible.

  • Stay sharp—your spotting should never be sluggish.

  • On every turn, try to refocus your eyes as you find your spot again.

Spotting is taught at a young age when dancers first begin work on turns and is a skill that takes time to master. A dancer must pay attention to many things when working on spotting but in time will master the technique and will no longer get dizzy!!

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