Why ballet dancers don’t get dizzy?

So I’ve been figure skating since age 7. As a skater when executing scratch spins (usually up to 30 to 40 spins) in the single trick there’s no real way to fix our eyes on any anything due to the fast speed involved. So we simply build tolerance to dizziness. We NEVER stop getting dizzy completely, but we simply learn how to play it off as we spin out of it to make it look effortless. I’m very new to dance, and have heard over and over again that ballet dancers don’t really get dizzy from the turns. Why is that?

love2bdancing Junior Dancer Asked on September 21, 2015 in Dancer Problems/Issues.
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In dance you’ll learn to entirely prevent dizziness by spotting. This technique traditionally involves the delaying of the rotation of your head relative to your body’s rotational speed. This allows the dancer to have a fixed visual focus on a single spot, object, dancer, etc while turning. It’s mainly about timing. Doing this correctly will not only avoid the dizziness, but will also help you maintain control of balance and direction when performing turns like pirouettes, chaines and piques.

It’ll take time to get it right, so start practicing your spotting as soon as possible and your dizziness will be a thing of the past in no time. Hope my answer helps!

I think you’ll get the idea with this short video.

plie2provo Junior Dancer Answered on October 20, 2015.
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Dancers are trained to use the technique called “spotting” when turning. It’s what keeps us from feeling dizzy.

russianbeauty1 Junior Dancer Answered on October 19, 2015.
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