Spotting is purely for control and aesthetics. Spotting prevents dizziness; you get dizzy when you see the room going around you, whereas when you spot you only see one thing over and over again. Spotting does not help you provide the impetus for a turn - rather it helps refine your turns - your arms, legs and body provide the impetus. Spotting makes a turn looks more precise because it provides you with a horizon and a reference point which help you to stop cleanly and with balance. To really look good doing an UAT, you need to spot before going under, then go under the arm, then pivot around affixing your gaze 180 when coming out. Remember, people primarily look at adancer's head!
One of the easiest methods to learn how to spot your turns is to do it sitting down in an revolving office chair. Your body doesn't have to do much work and you can concentrate on the spotting exercise. Important safety tip: if you are over-dedicated, you can keep a barf bag on your lap.
Since a follower should always be watching her partner, it's important very early on for the follower to spot her turns. As a leader, I learned to turn long before I started spotting my turns. Usually I would just let my body memory do 1/2, 1, 1&1/2, or 2 turns. When I started working on spinning to closed position I found out that spotting is essential. When you are more aware of your partner, you can dance closer, and you can try more daring moves.
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