Count this as a win for the good guys:
Renowned Norcal venue Ruby Skye recently lifted its ban on gloving.
And because they did so without a public announcement, I, [Ambience] Euphoric, was the only glover in the club. This is how my night went down.
I show my ID to security and take everything out of my pockets. Gloves are visible in my hands. I look straight into the security’s eyes after the pat down, and he just smiles back at me and says, “Have a good time.”
I couldn’t believe it. No problem at all. In fact, the whole night I was not asked to put my gloves away or asked to leave.
As soon as I entered the room I scanned the crowd for gloves. Nothing. It was early and not many people were even inside the venue yet. The resident DJ was playing some cool deep house. I was vibing to it.
I met some awesome locals who said they came for the headliners, FTAMA and Fight Clvb. However, from the corner of my eye, I saw a flash of bright green against the red walls. A GLOVER.
Looks like I wasn’t the only one to find out about the ban being lifted!
I ran up the stairs to the VIP Bottle area to confirm what I saw. He had blackout pre-wired gloves, but he was a glover nonetheless.
I sprinted over and introduced myself to him and his friends. Before anything more, I asked him to give me a light show. I wanted to see what he had to offer before I judged too hard on the blackouts.
He gave his light show, and even though he needed work, I could see his passion and undeveloped ideas. After I worked with him on some new moves to practice, he seemed pretty intent on becoming a better glover. Later that night, we recorded a double light show and even though our skill levels were on the opposite ends of the spectrum, we created something awesome together.
See for yourself:
After the trade, we hit the dance floor, realizing that we were the only glovers in the room. Before the concert, I was told by many friends that the people in the crowd will ask you to put your gloves away. I thought that was just ridiculous.
Turns out, I was wrong. I asked a nice couple if they would like a light show. They looked at each other before kindly saying no. I shrugged and moved on. Before I could turn away, someone else was tapping my shoulder. I looked over, and they were waving their hands in the air and pointing to their eyes. I laughed and introduced myself, before going to work.
FTAMPA was just stepping onto the decks with a stronger house sound than the previous sets. It was go-time. I put everything I had into this show. By the time I was done, their faces were on the floor. The couple laughed as they thanked me for the experience.
Then, the shy couple that had previously said no to me asked if they could also get a light show. From then on, a line started to form. Even my new friend who was still learning got requests.
Many light shows and laughs later, I headed home. FTAMPA and Fight Clvb, gloves off to you. Thanks for the amazing sets. Most of all, though, thank you to the Ruby Skye staff for letting glovers into your venue. The move represents a significant step for gloving in the Bay Area. Now, glovers have a safe home to throw lights in NorCal.
Born in Oakland, CA - I've been gloving since 2012 and glow stringing since 2006. I currently oversee operations at Ambience nationally and promote the art and growth of dance anywhere I go.