The International Gloving Championship has been a staple in the world of gloving & light shows since its inception in 2011. We’ve run IGC once per year here in Southern California, which brought roughly 500-800 people on average, and offered up some of the largest amounts of prize money to be offered in competitive light shows.
Our mission for gloving has always been to pioneer and pave the way for professional light shows via competitions for everyone across the world. This year, the tough decision was made to take a step back from IGC in-person competitions, so that we could really build the foundation we need to get to that mission.
We had to accept that running an event that only 500-800 people could access per year was not the best way to provide an “international” experience to the entire gloving population that exists out there. We had to accept the cold hard truth that we are not good in-person competition organizers. We had to accept there were concerns across the board year after year–legitimacy behind the judging, things not staying on schedule or meeting expectations, limited access to glovers around the world due to distance, work, school, etc., along with a list we could all go on and on with.
What does all of this mean? What happens now?
Since we announced the “Lights On!” competition a few weeks ago, there’s been one common concern that has come up–the competition being a popularity contest. We heard you loud and clear and we’re making the changes you’ve asked for.
A nationally ranked figure skater turned orbiter, Alicia Hernandez (aka Bubbles) is the only female on the EmazingLights Orbit Sponsorship team. Known for her full body style and powerful wrap sequences, Bubbles is changing the way that festival goers view female light show artists and paving the way for all artists to come.
Since picking up an orbit for festival season in 2016, Hernandez became the first female to compete at the Orbit Invitationals at IGC 2016. Today, she is the first female orbiter to concept her very own EmazingLights Feature Video, which shows the life of our sponsors when they come visit the EmazingLights team at headquarters. By allowing people to see some of the perks of being a sponsor, Bubbles hopes to inspire other females to pick up an orbit and dream big.
EmazingBlog: Alicia, so tell us a little about yourself and your dance background. I’ve heard that you used to be a pretty intense figure skater back in the day. How did you find orbiting? And do you think that figure skating has translated to your style of orbiting?
Bubbles: I’ve been figure skating since I was 5 years old. I competed until I was 19, and I still skate for fun. My team won a national gold medal when I was 17, a competition which instilled the values of hard work and practice. From these experiences, I also learned how the arts can be an expression of yourself and how you’re feeling.
At age 20, Alexandra Kiang (aka Siren) is part of a talented crop of orbiters that is taking over the light show community as we speak. Part of a sister Cosplay Duo for 4 years and the MC of the only functioning Anime Maid Cafe in America, Siren’s most unique talent as a performer might be her ability to play a long list of characters and raise the production value of a project by looking the part. For her EmazingLights Feature, Siren uses her extensive Cosplay experience and next level orbiting to play the role of Link from the Legend of Zelda video game series. Light show artists always talk about how storytelling is an essential aspect of a good performance. When Siren orbits, she doesn’t just tell a story. She is the story.
EmazingBlog: So you are relatively new to the light show and rave scene. What’s your story? How did you get into orbiting? How long have you been spinning?
Siren: My story started one night after my friend’s and I went out to Dave and Buster’s; where we won a couple sets of LED finger lights. We went back to my place and we played around with the lights for a bit. After a while, my friend asked if I had masking tape, chopsticks, and shoestring. I was so confused but I got him what he needed regardless. It took him around half an hour to construct a functioning orbit. That was just a little over a year ago, and I have been flowing nearly every single day since then.
As many of you know, I joined EmazingLights 3 months ago as their Brand Manager with the vision of spreading the art of light shows as far and wide as possible, and I’m here to let you guys know about what we’re doing to make this happen, how we were able to make it possible, and why it’s important to us.
We’ve decided to permanently lower the prices on all of your favorite products across our site so that it is easier for all people, old and new, to get their hands on high-quality light show products. Now, you’ll be able to shop on EmazingLights with the confidence of knowing you’ll get the best price possible from us every single day. Many of our prices will be even lower than what we’ve had in our sales previously.
No more waiting for that sale to drop to get your set of gloves or orbits!
Our team has been working hard for the past few months to solve this before the 2017 festival season is in full effect, and after countless hours of negotiation with our vendors & manufacturers for better rates, we’ve been able to make this possible.
If we’re getting better rates on our products, then so should you–plain and simple.
Lights are expensive. Music festivals are expensive. Life is expensive. We understand that and we feel it too. Remember, we’re also light show artists ourselves who have to go through the same struggles as many of you guys do. As the company has grown throughout the years, we’ve always held on to the core of what we initially set out to do–anything and everything to help this community grow.
We actually give a shit because we’re one of you, and everything we do is meant to be enjoyed together with you guys.
Hope you can appreciate this one from us. If you’re as excited about these changes as much as I am, then just wait until our next massive announcement over the next couple of months! Can you guess what it is?
Davis “Skittles” Duong
Brand Manager, EmazingLights
When people look back at gloving history, Davis Duong (aka Skittles) will be remembered for putting gloving on the map. He was the first glover ever to eclipse 1M+ views on YouTube, allowing the art to reach new eyeballs around the world. Skittles is one of the few glovers to pioneer a full-blown style and movement, and currently leads The Impact Asylum–a Facebook group of light show enthusiasts dedicated to Duong’s very own style calling impacting. As one of the first EmazingLights Sponsors along with Mimik and Gummy, his contributions to the gloving community, his thought process behind gloving, and his “OG” flow continue to inspire both new and old generation glovers.
Fast forward to 2017, Duong is now the Brand Manager here at EmazingLights. With 9 years of gloving and community building experience, he is fully committed to growing the community that supported him through his young adult years and made him who he is today. As a winner of the Golden Glove Award at IGC 2014, Skittles’ style and gloving brand have withstood the test of time, making him one of the few living legends that is still highly active in our community. It is undisputed that his experiences throughout the existence of gloving properly equip him to guide its future.
I sat down with Davis to get his take on what it takes to become “legendary” within the gloving scene, and what it means to be an “OG” glover.
Working together with Brian Lim 6 years ago as one of EmazingLight’s first sponsors was an unforgettable experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world, and I’d like to personally thank him once again not only for that opportunity, but for allowing me to come back and contribute on a professional level.
Yes, I am now officially working full-time with EmazingLights and joining them in a vision for gloving that aligns with mine–spreading gloving as far and wide as possible so that it can be viewed as a legitimate art form & sport. This allows a wider audience the opportunity to reap the benefits and joys of gloving that we have all had the fortune of experiencing, and then some. I have no doubt that my experience here will be exceptional, and I’m looking forward to continuing my story within the gloving world at a different capacity.
IGC Legends 2016 Bracket consists of 16 Competitors who will be competing for a $2500 Cash Grand Prize (+ a few extras).
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First up, I want to congratulate our first FIVE CONFIRMED IGC 2016 Legends, the winners of 2016’s 5 Official BOSS Tournaments.
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“It’s over. I’m done with this stupid scene. I’m laying ‘Skittles’ to rest. You’re never going to see me again. RIP ‘Skittles’. What’s the f*cking point? I’m done with this sh*t.”
I lost it. I completely lost sight of what gloving was all about–why I started doing this whole thing to begin with.
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve officially made my “comeback” into the gloving scene, and I’ve had some time to observe the many changes that have taken place since I first hung up the gloves in 2012. I’ve been able to soak things in, and figured now would be a good time to shed some light around the following:
- My thoughts regarding the state of the modern day gloving scene
- Why I decided to make a comeback
- How I’m approaching things differently now