The Secret to Spotting


Too much spinning can lead to this.

The salsa scene is filled with leads who don’t seem to understand the concept of dizziness. A guy I recently danced with gave me so many turns and double spins that I felt like I was on a teacup ride.

This amount of spinning may be fine for ladies who can do six to ten spins with ease, but for the average dancer like me, it’s overkill. Being spun too many times — even during my salsa classes — can leave me off-balance and disoriented for the rest of the day.

Spotting would help prevent me from feeling so dizzy, but the problem is that I can’t make myself spot anything. To be honest, I close my eyes half the time during my spins and turns. Making myself focus on something is too difficult!

Last week, I discovered a trick to force my body to spot naturally. I tried it again this week, and it worked perfectly: I was able to do around eight lines of chaines in a row without getting dizzy.

Don’t know if my trick will work for you, but I’m willing to share it. If you aren’t already a master spotter, try it out and let me know if it works for you.

My spotting secret is this: stand directly behind the teacher if you have the opportunity to practice your spins while your teacher is demonstrating. Because you will want to see what your teacher is doing, your eyes will naturally stay on the teacher throughout the spin. By staying behind your teacher and spinning at his or her speed, you will find yourself spotting unconsciously — at least, this is how it works for me!

I just tried spotting by myself right now (without my teacher to look at) and it didn’t work. I guess that the teacher is really the only thing I deem worthy of paying attention to while turning. Hopefully, my practice in spotting with this method will transfer over to my actual dancing. In the meantime, I am just happy that I can spot some of the time, at least!

Do you have any spotting tricks for me to try? Let me know if you do in a comment!

dancer spotting



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4 responses to “The Secret to Spotting

  1. hmmm I guess it would not help much if you can’t see this, but you start moving your head to meet your shoulder where starting the full spin. πŸ˜› Wow… at least you can do spins! πŸ˜€ I can’t do more than one spin yet.

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