Gloving stimulates students’ creativity

Sarah Gonzales, managing editor

In a blacked out room with Dubstep, a genre of music, playing loudly with different colored lights swirling about, three sophomores, Landon Scott, Chandler Nienstedt and Jacob Markham, start gloving.

Gloving is a light show that is associated with raving. In order to glove, a person needs rave gloves and LED lights that can be acquired from www.emazinglights.com, which is the official gloving website.

“Gloving is moving your hands to the music,” Scott said.

The three boys originally got their inspiration from the west coast.

“Landon and I saw it here at a concert once,” Nienstedt said. “My cousin, who is from San Diego, Calif., also showed me at a wedding reception. He basically got us started in gloving.”

Nienstedt and Scott started gloving in July and when school started up again, they showed Markham.

“[Nienstedt and Scott] showed me around three months ago,” Markham said. “It isn’t too popular, but it is growing.”

The boys have gone to concerts and gloved one-on-one for people and also for crowds.

“If somebody asks me to glove for them, usually I am always happy to do a show,” Scott said. “I remember there was one time in drama where someone asked me to glove for them so I went ahead and gloved for the class.”

Nienstedt has the same opinion as Scott about performing for people.

“We do performances a lot,” Nienstedt said. “It is a lot of one-on-one. We went to a global Dubfest concert and other local concerts where a lot of people are doing it.”

Although gloving is mostly improv, there are a few common gloving moves.

According to Niendstedt, there are four basic moves: finger-rolls, a figure eight, tutting and liquids. Finger-rolls are when a person starts with one finger and each finger follows the next in a rolling-like motion. A figure eight is when the wrists are locked together and one’s hands move in an eight motion. Tutting is a robotic motion where one is stacking their hands and arms in different positions. Liquids are basically water-like movements.

There are some ways to warm up before gloving.

“To warm up we basically pop our fingers,” Markham said. “It is also important to stretch your fingers further back every day because it gives you flexibility.”

Scott, Nienstedt and Markham were attracted to it for different reasons.

“It looked really fun,” Markham said. “It was something different. Gloving is pretty important to me, but I definitely would not put its importance over a person.”

Nienstedt agrees with Markham.

“It was an exciting thing and it kind of went towards the type of music, Dubstep,” Nienstedt said. “It is something to do to the music, something new.”

To Scott, gloving is like dancing.

“I like the kind of music that goes with it,” Scott said. “You really can’t dance to Dubstep, so [gloving] is like dancing. This is your own thing and not too many people do it. We all have fun doing it and we can come up with our own individual moves.

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