An overview of important vision skills for dance

Published on
March 23, 2022

Most people don't immediately think "vision" when they think of dance, they often don't realize how important it is for a dancer to have good vision, especially for those who compete. It's arguably one of the most important sports when it comes to vision. It is a sport in which skills related to vision are very important, such as precision, balance, and awareness of your surroundings.

What vision skills are important for dance?

  • Visualization: Visualizing yourself accomplishing a task can actually make it easier for you to achieve it. Better visualization improves a performer's ability to execute more complicated and daring moves.
  • Hand-eye-foot coordination: When dancing, precise control over every movement of the body is essential, and this must be done while moving. A better hand-eye-foot coordination is crucial to seeing improvements in dance overall.
  • Vision-balance integration: Balance is an essential element of dance. It may be less apparent, yet vision plays a significant role in balancing. Dancers' ability to maintain balance while performing complex motions will be greatly improved if this skill is improved.
  • Visual attention: Being able to remain focused on a visual task despite distractions is one way to demonstrate visual attention. Dancers who perform at a high level must be able to tune out anything else that might be in their field of view, like the judges or audience
  • Dynamic visual acuity: The ability to maintain clear vision while moving. It is important for a dancer to keep a clear focus on one's surroundings while performing complex movements at speed.
  • Anticipation timing: This is a skill that helps time key movements. This is particularly helpful when a dancer is airborne, and needs to time their landing correctly. 


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