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.
There is always a lot of talk among glovers about what a real light show is. In my opinion, there is no wrong way to throw a light show, and I credit [PM] Pro Heavy for pointing it out a few years ago. Gloving is a type of personal expression, and there is no way to tell someone how they can and cannot express themselves.
The two most common types of light shows are competition and festival light shows. With the passing of IGC and another festival season, let’s take a look at the difference between the two. Shall we? Continue Reading
Don’t worry, we’ve got full video coverage of IGC coming soon, along with an event recap article, but for now I just wanted to share some amazing photos from our friend Jason Fenmore at Oh Dag Yo Photography.
This guy is a true professional, it takes skill to be able to tell stories through photo the way he does. I’m not sure if gloving has ever been shot so vividly.
IGC is THIS WEEKEND! Are you excited? You know I am since I’ve been mentioning it in every piece you’ve seen from me recently….
But now, IGC is here. It’s the event we have all been waiting for, the big one, the SuperBowl, the World Series, GloverMania if you will. This is the time when the best glovers in the world step up for their chance to show the world what they can do and have a great time in the process.
With so much hype surrounding big name glovers like [PM] Cypher and [ION] Vex in the Legends Bracket, people forget that there are 128 awesome competitors in the Open Bracket. Since IGC boasts talent from all over the country, I wanted to shout out some of the top sleepers in my book.
While the IGC Legends Bracket year is as stacked as ever, the Open Tournament hosts a fair share of light show monsters, too.
The Open Tournament consists of two 64-man Swiss Style tournaments. The winner of each tournament gets a spot in the main event, the Legends Bracket, where they will face 14 Legends who have each won previous BOSS or IGC competitions in a single elimination bracket.
The competition will be intense, and the trades will be hot fire. Whether they are coming from out-of-state or representing the IGC homeland of Southern California, these 5 glovers are ones to keep an eye on.
In light of IGC coming up this Saturday, we decided to conduct some highly intensive research on the gloving community. What we found is that our competitors have all followed this exact 10 step formula to gloving stardom. Study up boys and girls!
Competitor Tickets are sold out, but you’ll need to grab a Spectator Ticket if you want to see the madness that is IGC this Saturday in Santa Ana, CA.
The 2015 IGC Legends Bracket this year is entirely stacked with some of the best glovers ever. There are representatives from all over the country facing off, and each one of these guys has earned Superhero status in the gloving community. This year, the Legends Bracket is going to be a battle that will go down in history with Waterloo, Normandy and that time Loki opened a portal over NYC.
The LEGENDS and their superhero alter egos:
[PM] Rhapsode – The Blue Ranger
Fear the words, “It’s morphing time” when it comes to this guy. His digits and dials are creative as can be, but Rhapsode’s true skill comes from his ability to pantomime concepts and create humorous illusions. This power ranger was a favorite to win IGC last year and has only leveled up since.