IGC has come and gone. The 5th year of competitive gloving gives us a chance to look at what we’ve built as a community and reflect on everything that has gotten glovers to this point.
This year we had a star-studded event that featured cash prizes and some of the biggest names in gloving and dance, but most importantly, we celebrated our community coming together and gathering as friends for one of the biggest and best tournaments ever thrown.
For a couple months we’ve been preparing for IGC and everything that comes with it. One thing we really wanted to do this year was focus on the people and the experience.
Everyone has their eyes on the lights, the flashy moves and the swagger that comes from each show. But, we often forget what truly makes gloving awesome, the glovers themselves.
In the week leading up to the competition, we saw some of the most talented light show artists from around the world fly to Orange County to be with us. A massive out-of-state presence made up roughly one-third of the competition, with even more filling the spectator spots.
Personally, I got to meet and connect with new faces that I had only spoken to online. If you were at IGC, you did too.
Welcoming everyone to California with a huge glover bonfire was my favorite part of the week. We had about 80 people total come out to Balboa Pier for smores, lights and good vibes.
Friday, everyone came back together for the biggest Friday Night Lights ever, which saw over 110 people in attendance. Everyone got their last-minute trades in and worked on their moves for Saturday, before finishing out the night with an enormous KBBQ takeover in Orange County. We literally took over half the restaurant!
Friends or not, everyone is an enemy at IGC. Heavy hitters like [PM] Rhapsode and [PM] Gambit were shut down in Legends Bracket, but the 16-man tournament had just enough room for the up-and-coming beasts of the light show world. Two of the newest additions to the Legends Bracket were [ION] Krusty and [ION] Slayer, who each won their respective Open Brackets.
After watching the young SoCal talents bulldoze their way through the competition, it was no surprise that the crowd erupted into cheers when they were named champions. Both deserved the title, and as they made their way into the Legends lineup, they had nothing but smiles on their faces.
Those smiles didn’t last very long. Within an hour into the Legends Bracket, more than half of the pros were knocked out, and the Final 4 was stacked with surprising names.
Rhapsode, [PM] Dunzo, Machine and defending champion [PM] Ice Kream Teddy all lined up on the podiums together for their shot at the crown. In the end, Ice Kream Teddy took home the win for the second year in a row.
The insanity of celebration and chants of “PM! PM! PM!” could be heard all around, as the stage was rushed by fans and friends in a frenzy.
Aside from the competition, there were many activities in the building that didn’t involve gloving. Dytto and Animated J held dance workshops. Pro tier glow stickers and hoopers gave performances. Huge media outlets like BBC (and others TBA) were exposed to the gloving community for the first time. It was a true light show symposium.
The biggest thing for me was just seeing everyone together. I realized just how invested everyone is in this art, how much everyone genuinely cares about each other. I can’t think of any other group of people like the gloving community.
Having everyone under one roof, cheering and celebrating with their friends, really made an impact on everyone in the building. If you were there, you knew just how close everyone felt. No disrespect, no company vs. company issues and no drama was to be found at IGC 2015.
In our eyes, that’s what really made this a success. Gloving is growing, and it’s performers are too.
See you all in 2016.