As you can see, this discus thrower is clearly dizzy. He’s been spinning round and round in preparation to throw the discus. Unfortunately, his throw is going to be less than exemplary because of his dizziness. Bad jokes aside, dizziness is not only annoying, but it can screw up your dancing if you let it. That’s why I’m going to tell you about what dancers call spotting. However, rather than listen to me jabber, I’ve found a video that explains it pretty well. If you want to know the scientific facts behind dizziness and spotting, I’ll be explaining them below the video.
Alright, I’ll try to make this explanation as non-boring and as simple as possible. Your ears actually play a vital role in orienting where you are. For example, when you step in the elevator and it goes up or down, you know which direction it’s heading. Your eyes can’t see the movement, and if the elevator is really smooth you can’t really feel anything as well. That’s where your ears come in. They basically help you keep track of your head, so when physical forces push or pull on you, your ears help orient your head. With this in mind, do you remember playing on the merry-go-round, or spinning then suddenly stopping when you were a little kid? The resulting dizziness is actually a result of bodily confusion. You have fluid in your ears, and it swirls as you spin. This is your ear’s way of telling you where you are. When you suddenly stop, your body gives your brain contradicting signals. Your ear fluid is telling you you’re spinning, but your eyes are telling your brain that you’ve stopped. The resulting confusion is dizziness. When you spot, the whipping motion of your head minimizes this effect. Note that it does not eliminate it. So, if you want to really spice up those spins and minimize dizziness, learn to spot.