New types of dances are created everyday, but only some become a true art form. “Gloving” is the newest craze to catch the interest of our society.
This type of dancing originated from glow-sticking during the 1990s rave era. It has evolved over the years, focusing solely on the movements of fingers, instead of the whole body. Artists put on gloves with lights embedded at the tips of the fingers and move them in unison to the beat of a song, thus creating light shows.
“It’s art. It’s vision. It’s creativity. The possibilities are endless,” states freshman JC Diaz.
Light shows are common at raves, a meeting where individuals meet to dance and listen to music. The rave scene had a reputation for including drugs during their events, but the new era of gloving has separated itself from that stigma.
Junior Devin Thaker states, “Gloving is a performing art just like dancing or painting. It is ignorant to assume a glover does drugs just because he or she gloves.”
Each glover has their own unique style; some focus more on fluidity and others on “tutting.” Tutting is another form of dance that involves the hands and arms, instead of just fingers.
“I [glove] because it’s entertaining, a great hobby, it looks cool, it allows you to be more creative, it’s addicting, and it’s eye-catching,” says junior Christian Baca.
Light shows are usually performed with the accompaniment of house music. Even though most dance performances are made for audiences, gloving is intended for the individual.
“My favorite song to glove to is dubstep,” says Diaz.
Many students have a way to express themselves through this specific art form. They enjoy sharing their techniques with each other, exchanging glove sets, and sharing light shows with each other.
If you’re interested in making gloving your new hobby, visit YouTube users EmazingLights and watch their video titled “Art of Gloving – Glove Light Shows.”