Some info on spotting:

-> very interesting webpage: http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Learning_Center/Lesson/2/Default.asp?Page=5

- “head leaves last but arrives first”: this means 1) look at your partner as long as you can. Your body is already turning (shoulders, torso, lower body) and now 2) the head and neck comes after with a whip movement (faster than the speed of the rest of the body)
- spotting will give you balance when turning, will avoid dizziness (your brain isn’t registering all things around you and that same brain has a point of reference in the space around you) and it looks nice (because of your fast head movement it actually looks as if your spinning is faster than it actually is; if you know what i mean …); it’s really the ‘finishing touch’.
- to spot correctly you need to separate neck and head from the rest of your body. Your body starts turning already, your head (and neck) is waiting. At a certain moment the extension has reached its comfortable maximum and … the movement of neck and head starts. In fact it’ll go faster than the rest of the body and it will even arrive first … The story of the rabbit and the tortoise so to speak … So one could divide the spotting into two parts: first you need to look as long as possible at your spot (in couple your partner); secondly, there’s a whip movement in the neck to go back with the eyes to that first spot.

Tips: 1. choose a spot; 2. when you start to turn keep on looking as long as you can to that spot; 3. make an acceleration in the neck and head ‘because you want to go back as quickly as possible to that spot’

Carl

 


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