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    Spinning help please?

    1) How do you practice without getting dizzy quickly?

    2) How do you put the second foot on the floor like I keep being told to do (I spin just on one foot touching the ground)?

    3) How the hell do you spin clockwise when your very right footed and right handed like me (left hand and foot are for decoration and completeness only)?

    4) How long does it take before you can spin say like Jamie?

    Good help well be rep'd with my greatness power of 1!

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Oh god, not again...

    Pas the popcorn.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    This one's been covered quite a lot, I'd recommend searching for "spinning" threads for advice.

    For example:
    http://www.cerocscotland.com/forum/l...-spinning.html
    http://www.cerocscotland.com/forum/i...-any-tips.html

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    1) How do you practice without getting dizzy quickly?

    2) How do you put the second foot on the floor like I keep being told to do (I spin just on one foot touching the ground)?

    3) How the hell do you spin clockwise when your very right footed and right handed like me (left hand and foot are for decoration and completeness only)?

    4) How long does it take before you can spin say like Jamie?

    Good help well be rep'd with my greatness power of 1!
    s l o w . . . d o w n.

    The objective is not to get round as quickly as you can; see how little 'power' you can use to get round. The do it really slowly, with precission.

    Very precise 180º turns where you can stop on the opposite side without putting any weight on your trailing foot

    Spin one way, then the other to limit dizzyness. (swap feet or reverse the movement, but reversing the movement is a lot harder and takes a while to get right.)

    Keep your head up.

    Have a gentle flex in the knees; don't think on lifting the heel off the ground, rather of putting your weight over your toes.

    Use the 'spare' foot to draw a circle in the sand as you go - when you get better at it, pull the foot closer to your spinning foot (with the knees just as bent).

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Do I?

    Dare I?


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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    Do I?

    Dare I?

    dare you

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by martingold View Post
    dare you

    Maybe.


    Give me a couple of hours

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    1) How do you practice without getting dizzy quickly?
    slowly – and by learning to spot – which is where you keep your eye focused on a fixed point while your body is turning, until you can’t any longer than snap your head around so that you can see the same spot – you head will be moving at different pace to your body.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    2) How do you put the second foot on the floor like I keep being told to do (I spin just on one foot touching the ground)?
    ??? strange advice - spare foot shouldn’t be in contact with floor – it should be next to the foot you are spinning on and just off the floor – this provides a good central point to be spinning around. Also remember to make sure the heel of the foot you are spinning on is off the ground.

    For a basic spin - the foot you are not spinning on is placed on the ground to stop the spin and then you can step back on the foot you were spinning on to stabilise your balance as needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    3) How the hell do you spin clockwise when your very right footed and right handed like me (left hand and foot are for decoration and completeness only)?
    practise – and by starting slowly with ¼ and ½ turns.

    As Gadget mentioned – it’s not about throwing more power into the spins – too much power will just throw you off balance – try a little less power, pulling up through your core to create a very stable centre to turn through and see how you go – can be an idea to start with ¼ and ½ turns ….

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    4) How long does it take before you can spin say like Jamie?
    think there is a magic potion for that one

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    How long does it take before you can spin say like Jamie?
    If you chase Jamie & co. at spinning ability, you'll always be behind.
    Find something that you can do well, and rock out with that instead.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinHarper View Post
    If you chase Jamie & co. at spinning ability, you'll always be behind.
    Find something that you can do well, and rock out with that instead.
    Ask a good teacher to identify something you do really well, then build on that until you're as good as you can be. You'll probably have more success than with something you're no good at (not that I'm saying you aren't a good spinner or anything Steve, it just strikes me as very good general advice)

    Dan

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    It took me 8 months of solid practice before I was happy with my spins (bearing in mind when I started trying to spin, I could not do a double spin on one foot). I became happy with my spins when I made that video that lee has posted above. The video is in two parts, the first was shot Feb 07, the second, June/July 07.

    If you want it hard enough, you'll do it. Most of my memorable traits are simply because I was told I'd never be able to do them, for instance, I was told I was rubbish at assisted turns, so I learned how to do assisted pirouettes, I thought I'd go one better

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven666 View Post
    1) How do you practice without getting dizzy quickly?

    3) How the hell do you spin clockwise when your very right footed and right handed like me (left hand and foot are for decoration and completeness only)?
    These two can help each other out... if you're struggling with the spotting (or even if you're spotting, you'll still get dizzy if you're just doing spins to practise), try spinning in the other direction too. It'll send those little hairs in your ears the other way and stop you feeling dizzy - you should only need to go around once to readjust. I someitmes get leads to return me in class where we're practising part of a routine, and there are multiple spins in one direction.

    And for either direction, whilst you're learning, and getting your balance sorted, just do quarter or half turns. Then build it up.

    If you're really struggling with balance, you could also just practise standing on one leg as well. Try to do it without wobbling, and you'll automatically find that you have to draw up from the stomach, and slightly bend the supporting leg whilst relaxing your shoulders. It's easier to do that whilst stationary. Then when you've got the posture right, it'll be easy to put it into practise whilst spinning. You can do this anywhere as well - I often stand on one leg whilst heating my lunch up at work (whilst keeping a careful watch for anyone coming round the corner )

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Re Spotting:

    Alot of people are saying to spot to stop you going dizzy but in alot of cases when you are spinning 3+ times or you are going at speed, spotting is nigh on impossible and will make you dizzier if you try it.

    If you find that is the case, when you are spinning alot, then try spotting at the end of your spins on the last 2/3 rotations as you are slowing down.

    When I spin I visually spot without turning my head. Before the spin I note a bright colour or light infront of me and as Im going round, keep an eye out for the blur of that colour. If you do this though, you will get thrown out if there are other bright lights going on around you.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    Before the spin I note a bright colour or light infront of me and as Im going round, keep an eye out for the blur of that colour. If you do this though, you will get thrown out if there are other bright lights going on around you.
    I was told to spot on my partner... which can cause similar problems if he decides to move whilst I'm spinning!

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Twirly View Post
    I was told to spot on my partner... which can cause similar problems if he decides to move whilst I'm spinning!
    If it works for you then it works for you, just a majority who can do 5+ spins will not spot unless they have been clasically trained and taught it from a young age.

    Also spotting can seriously damage your neck if done incorrectly.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    If it works for you then it works for you, just a majority who can do 5+ spins will not spot unless they have been clasically trained and taught it from a young age.

    Also spotting can seriously damage your neck if done incorrectly.
    I was taught it in ballet, pretty young age - but I'm not talking about multiple spins particularly. Was just highlighting your point about changing spotting points really, however many you chose to do.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    Re Spotting:

    Alot of people are saying to spot to stop you going dizzy but in alot of cases when you are spinning 3+ times or you are going at speed, spotting is nigh on impossible and will make you dizzier if you try it.

    If you find that is the case, when you are spinning alot, then try spotting at the end of your spins on the last 2/3 rotations as you are slowing down.

    When I spin I visually spot without turning my head. Before the spin I note a bright colour or light infront of me and as Im going round, keep an eye out for the blur of that colour. If you do this though, you will get thrown out if there are other bright lights going on around you.
    Spotting also helps you to find where you want to end a spin - even when your partner is spinning too. So if you start facing towards your partner but want to end your spin with your back facing your partner, for example, then you would find a spot as you turn behind you and keep that as the spotting point.
    Spotting isn't just about stopping dizziness (not that I used to get it anyway) it has many more purposes.

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~*~Saligal~*~ View Post
    Spotting also helps you to find where you want to end a spin - even when your partner is spinning too. So if you start facing towards your partner but want to end your spin with your back facing your partner, for example, then you would find a spot as you turn behind you and keep that as the spotting point.
    Spotting isn't just about stopping dizziness (not that I used to get it anyway) it has many more purposes.

    it does but it can also be a hinderance.

    Not my best spin ever but as a demo of how i spot at the end of the spins

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    Re: Spinning help please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Bartholomew View Post
    it does but it can also be a hinderance.

    Not my best spin ever but as a demo of how i spot at the end of the spins
    It's not that bad of spin!

    Have you got both feet in contact with the floor there?

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