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Need help with spotting during double turns


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I've pretty much gotten the spotting thing down with single pirouettes and pique turns. I am now trying to do doubles (pirouettes and pique turns) and although I spot the first time, during the second turn I completely lose the spot, balance, and everything else.

 

I have practiced just walking, turning, and spotting on flat. I have spun around in my desk chair spotting. Are there any tips you have to help or is this something I just need to keep practicing while turning on releve.

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On the second turn the head needs to turn faster than it did on the first turn. There are tons of threads on it- here's a few:

http://dancers.invisionzone.com/index.php?...1&hl=spot&st=15

http://dancers.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=33375

http://dancers.invisionzone.com/index.php?...topic=26067&hl=

Hope this helps :thumbsup:

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...and yet, for some (like me) attention needs to be paid to holding the head steady after the first spot and before the second. Once the spot occurs, of course it must be fast.

 

If you watch a nice, "calm" turner, you will see that they are facing forward for what seems like a very long time.

 

I try to work on this by really focusing on something after the first spot--ideally something with writing or a pattern.

 

Your mileage may vary, but this was a recent correction that helped me a lot.

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I always say a word with every spot (depends on the numbers of turns I want to do). For example I think "Pa-lo-ma" and and try to spot with every part of the word (trying to face the forward).

I don't know if this helps you but it is fun to try :green:

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I always say a word with every spot (depends on the numbers of turns I want to do). For example I think "Pa-lo-ma" and and try to spot with every part of the word (trying to face the forward).

 

Claude - I notice from the link posted above that the word you use has changed from 'An-na' to 'Pa-lo-ma'

That's a great advertisement for your advice, as you are obviously averaging three turns now instead of two!!

 

 

This is a very useful thread. I can almost feel my double turns getting better just sitting here. But I expect the trick is going to be not to try to apply all the advice at once or it will be information overload.

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