What is Gloving?
What is Gloving?
Gloving is a mixture of movements by dancing with your hands and body using LED gloves to put on a show. You can give a show to an individual person, yourself, or even a large group of people gathered around. The art of Gloving uses popular movement techniques derived from many different dance forms and flow arts that have been around for generations. Isolating the hands and fingers, the flow artist works with the LED lights on their gloves to put on a show. The color and patterns from the LED gloves can change, be the same, or vary to create the perfect encapsulating performance. The combination of music, lights, and movement often mesmerize onlookers and put them in a euphoric like trance. Imagine being able to give a performance that you're proud of to viewers all around that are thrilled to watch! It can end up being a moment in yours or their night that's remembered forever. A light show has the opportunity to bring a viewer into a world that you've created and completely blow their minds."
History of Gloving
Gloving became popular in the early 2000’s with the rise of the underground music and rave scene. Initially people would attach glowsticks to their fingers and dance around with moves that came from a lot of liquid dance styles. It wasn't long before it gained traction and everyone was either wanting a show or Gloving themselves! Famous Glovers like Hermes and Gummy took over YouTube recording their performances and teaching followers their moves. The Flow Arts community took a heavy blow when in 2010, a 15-year-old girl passed away at EDC festival. Local authorities pressured lawmakers to crack down on the way large festivals were run. As a result, LED gloves were banned from festivals. Being grouped into a stigma has been difficult for gloving. But even with these bans, gloving was still a growing movement. Nobody will ever stop us from Gloving! In the more recent years, many of us leaders in the industry are constantly pushing the art form and the side of Gloving that only us Glovers know about. The beautiful passion that so many of us have for this art is truly inspirational.
What makes gloving special?
Often some of the worlds most cherished arts start out in a dark light. In the early days, Gloving was always looked at as the thing to do for ravers and not something to be enjoyed outside of that. Today the art form has grown into more than we could have ever dreamed of. A much needed outlet for many of us, and one of the strongest ways to build a bond with someone in such a short period of time. No other art form can give you the chance to build connections like Gloving. Whether it be for therapy or making memories, Gloving and Flow Arts should be enjoyed by everyone!