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Dance Technique - How Does Spotting Help In Dance Turns

Spotting is a dance technique used by dancers to execute clear and sharp turns. It is one of the most common and most important technique used by professional dancers. Dancers of any style use it to show their expertise and balance during any dance performance. Here are some more details of why it is important and how can you execute Spotting smoothly.

Ballet dancers do a lot of turns on one leg without stopping or halting in between. Those ballet turns are called pirouettes. There are other types of turns with different kinds of leg movements done in ballet by both male and female ballet dancers.
So, do street dancers; they always amaze an audience by doing multiple spins while on or off the floor.
Chhau dancers use turns or ‘Paltaa’ in a continuous motion while circling the stage.
Jazz dancers usually use turns while their leg is in parallel passé position. Usually they do 1-4 turns and mix it up with different arm styles.
Indian classical dancers use turns and lots of it whenever the music tempo increases along with a ‘thaap’ or a tap they give with their ghunghroo feet. This tap accompanies the beat or the ‘taal’ and it has to be executed exactly with the beats.
In a famous Rajasthani dance where dancers have to turn holding their long skirts and have to do multiple turns while leaning diagonally.
Even in Latin dance forms when your partner is turning you, it is this technique of spotting that helps one in not getting dizzy and maintaining the balance.
If you have seen Sufi monks or Sufi dance, it is only about spinning. Since it is also their way of praying, so the focus or spot has to be kept even more stronger.
Why don’t they never get dizzy? Is it a special talent gifted only to few? This is also a dance technique and spotting helps a lot in doing multiple turns done in any dance style.
It is very important to understand that whenever we are doing turns or spins we focus on a particular spot to avoid dizziness.
Stand in parallel feet - feet pointed forward with both legs together, looking forward. Focus your eyes on one particular spot in front of you. It could be a spot/light or fan switch/poster on the wall. Now slowly turn with feet still on the floor but keep looking forward. As you twist your whole body to reach the maximum without losing your focus on the wall, take a small pause and then quickly turn your head to the other side without losing focus of your spot and let the rest of your body follow.
REMEMBER: The more you can focus on your spot, the less dizzy you will be while doing turns.
Try the above-mentioned technique by gradually increasing your slow turns from 1 to 2 to 4 and so on.
  • Remember this is just for practice so you can keep your knees slightly bend or relaxed while doing it.
  • Both the feet should be on the floor while turning.
  • You need to slide your feet through the floor to achieve your turn.
  • Make sure that you are not slouching and your spine or back is straight, controlled but not stiff.
  • Your chin should be held in centre - neither higher nor down and neck long.
  • Keep your shoulders in neutral position while turning.
  • Keep your hands on your shoulder or hips while practicing this technique.
  • Avoid closing your eyes.
  • If you feel dizzy or nauseous then stop and rest and try again after 10 minutes.
This technique of spotting also gives more clarity in your turns which also gains more marks when professional judges see you in competition. The sharper your turn, the more precise your turns will be and with practice you will also be able to do multiple turns.
Hope these tips have been helpful. Let us know if you do anything different to get your spotting right, in the comments below.