Stand Out at Your Next Rave With LED Gloves

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One of the standout skills demonstrated at raves all over the country is the performance art that has come to be known as “gloving.”

Gloving is the art of using LED gloves, also known as “rave gloves,” to create patterns and figures in the air using their lighted hands and fingers. Though this is a relatively recent development in the rave and electronic dance cultures, its popularity has been growing by leaps and bounds.

Join the Crowd for Effective Gloving

It is no longer unusual to find large groups of people who are skilled at gloving at Electronic Dance Music (EDM) performances. While gloving is growing and the number of skilled glovers is expanding, the best performances are primarily limited to the EDM scene.

For the most part, the key to an impressive glove performance is using your LED gloves and moving your fingers in a way that creates unique and compelling patterns. This is how the glover makes a dynamic picture for the viewers. By creating fluid motions, the viewer gets a trance-like feeling from watching the performance.

There is a wide selection of gloves that can be used in gloving performances and they are available in a variety of colors. The most common type is the two-color glove, with black and white LEDs in the fingers. Although they may seem pretty basic, the fact is, black and white LED gloves create many different effects and serve many purposes in a glove performance.

What Purpose Do the Colors Serve?

All of the colors in a gloving performance have some level of importance in a rave-like environment. That includes white and black, especially when using LED gloves in a blacklight. The use of a blacklight gives the LED lights a more vivid and exciting presence.

Likewise, the black gloves are useful in dark environments because they hide the hands of the performer and keep the viewers’ focus on the LED lights. These days, you can find rave gloves in virtually every color light.

Until recently, LED gloves were traditionally white. They were so white, in fact, that ravers often referred to them as “Mickey Mouse Gloves.” Each finger featured one single  LED light at the tip. However, as the technology and popularity started to take off, the designs of these gloves have become more complex and dynamic,

These days, it is possible to find LED gloves on each section of each finger, as well as a few lights in the glove’s palm. This is good for performers because more lights and colors create more versatile performances.

How To Get Started with Performing with LED Gloves

The first thing to get when you decide you want to perform is the LED gloves. However, you should be aware that gloving is a relatively new phenomenon. That is why some people will look at you skeptically when you tell them you’re taking up gloving.

That is because few people, including some who love the performances, understand how difficult it is to master the art of gloving which is essentially dancing with your hands. There is no right or wrong way to perform using LED gloves because the entire performance is about learning how to dance using your hands.

The art of gloving essentially breaks down into several very distinct categories of movement, including finger rolls, tutting, flailing, conjuring, and liquidity. Once you get those down pat, you can become a gloving master. But you have to work hard since mastery is difficult.

Unfortunately, there are often many people who make assumptions about glovers. For example, because raves are so often connected with taking illicit drugs, some will assume you do so when they see you practicing with your rave gloves and making what they assume are “psychedelic” movements with your LED gloves.

It is important to believe in your art and keep training if you want to master gloving. When you feel ready, you can perform and see how it goes. Like any other skill, the more you practice the better you will get. Purchase your LED gloves and get started.


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