Welcome to the World of Gloving
What is “Gloving?” Gloving is a futuristic, underground art inspiring artists to create modern LED light shows with their hands. Glovers use LED glove lights to create mind-blowing performances to the tune of their favorite music and to battle head-to-head with other glovers in competitions across the world.
That sounds awesome! How can I learn?
Luckily all you need to learn how to glove is your hands! There’s a plethora of different moves, concepts and techniques that go into light shows, but we’ve broken them down into a small list of the ones that you’ll see consistently in nearly everybody’s shows.
You can also visit our good friends over at YouGotMoves.com, where they’ve compiled tons of resources and videos to help you become the glover you want to be. You’ll also be able to book lessons with their certified coaches if you want to take it up a notch!
The Finger Roll (technically known as the “Finger Wave”) is the first gloving basic. It goes into every move and every style. The strength of your finger roll makes learning everything else easier as it also builds up finger strength.
You may have seen this one around before. Finger Tutting is a popular dance style based around creating angles, shapes and boxes with your fingers practiced by many dance crews (Jabbawockeez, Les Twins, etc) and even some celebrities. For gloving, it’s an essential. Entire teams and styles are based around Tutting and every top glover integrates it into their show in at least a small way.
Stacking is placing one hand on top of the other over and over again in different variations so it gives your hands a look like they’re being “stacked.” Stacking is one of a small number of concepts that has no clear origins in any other dance style. It’s a popular entry level gloving move as it’s easy to learn and build off of while also teaching you hand coordination, rhythm and isolation.
The Figure 8 is the up and down movement of your hands in a Figure 8 motion using the rotation of your wrists. The Figure 8 is an old-school classic. Not many glovers use it anymore, but it’s a great move for teaching wrist flexibility and hand movement.
Liquid is the following of one hand with another along a line so that your hand and body seem to move like flowing water. It’s the move that gives glovers “flow” and allows you to smoothly transition from one move to another. It’s an absolute gloving essential.
Your imagination is the limit!
These are just some of the basic core moves that you’ll see within gloving. Of course, there’s plenty more for you to learn and that will come with time!
You can always draw some inspiration from the hundreds of videos from our Lights On! competition, where competitors around the world put their imagination to the test.
Make sure to practice hard, stretch a lot and most importantly just have fun!