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1.1 Gloving Terminology

In gloving, you’ll see a lot of terminology thrown around for different moves, styles and types of light up gloving accessories. We plan on continuing to add to this list but for now, we split it into 2 sections: Moves and Parts. Moves are the things you do with our hands to make awesome light shows, and Parts describe different aspects of the light itself. So if someone throws some shady language at you, use this page as reference and hit 'em with that knowledge.

Term

Category

Definition

Concept

Moves

The immitation of a motion, idea or object through gloving

Conjuring



Contours

Moves



Moves

Creating the illusion of tossing, transfering, and hiding, light by clicking the chips simultaneously with one off and one on.

Tracing along the outline of an object be it imaginary or real. Similar to Liquid Dance Contours

Creatures

Moves

When glovers contort their hands to create something that looks like an animal or "Creature"

Depth Of Field

Moves

How a glover uses the sapce around them.

Dialing

Moves

Twisting & Contorting Fingers around one another, typically two at a time, with the focus usually being around the tips of the fingers (Light)

Digits

Moves

Using the smaller joints of the fingers to create puzzles & patterns within small ranges & manipulating the space around them. Typically focused at the tips of the fingers/bulb end of a glove light.

Figure 8

Moves

Taken from the other flow arts such as free-hand glowsticking, figure 8’s involve moving one’s hands in a figure 8 motion.

Fingerstyles Finger Roll

Moves

A perfectly repeated rounded wave where the last part of the roll triggers the first origin of the roll. In all phases of the roll the pinkie and first finger remain at opposite sides of the diameter created by the roll.

Finger Show

A performance conducted without lights. No gloves necessary

Finger Tutting

Moves

Creating, collapsing, Manipulating and tracing boxes using different finger/hand joints.

Finger Waves (aka Finger Roll)



Fixed 45’s



Fixed Point

Moves




Moves



Moves

The creation of a fluid flow from one side of the hand to the other through the use of the fingers. Typically performed one finger at a time, from left to right or vice versa to create a "wave"


A linear fingerwave technique where a single iteration consists of pulling a line in the fingertips 90 degrees through a fixed point achieved by approaching and exiting the fixed point at mirrored 45 degree angles.

Using the Mime technique of fixed point (‘pointe fixe') while applying any type of digitz concept. It is the act of using a stationary point within your environment to apply how all other objects interact with that point.

Flails

Moves

A sub-type of whips, involving a circular roation of the Glover’s wrist to create a pinwheel effect.

Flow


Grid

Moves


Moves

A glovers ability to connect from one concept to another fluidly and seamlessly.


The space in front of you where your show is performed. Has an x, y and z axis and is often referred to when Tutting.

Hinge

Moves

Using any hinge joint, or creating a hinge between two moving parts of your body.

Impacts

Moves

A combination of thumb tricks and conjuring. Using two different color thumb lights (generally red and blue), to conjure between and hide/display each light in a pattern used to disorient the viewer. Typically used in conjuction with a timer function on popular lights like eNovas, and iNovas.

Isolations

Moves

Operating off of an either phyiscal or imaginary surface/point and rotating or otherwise manipulating movement around that point/surface. (the same way a mime moves his hands across an imaginary wall).

Liquid

Moves

Using movement—predominantly in the hands, arms and upper torso—to create an illusion emulating the state of liquid or "flow" with the ability to change shape, direction and volume as the dancer sees fit.

Morphing

Moves

A nonstop transition through technichal concepts with concise fluency

Musicality

Moves

The Glover’s ability sync speed and concepts to the music.

Popping

Moves

Quickly tensing then releasing a certain muscle group to create a “stop and glitch” appearence.

Presentation

Moves

A glovers ability to tie together showmansihp, depth of field, flow and a variety of concepts

Remoting

Moves

The use of one hand to control the other in a cause and effect motion.

Showmanship

Moves

A glover's ability to tailor their show to the audience, rather than just showing off moves

Stacking

Moves

Placing one hand on top of the other, then taking the first hand and bringing it above the second and so on, creating a continuous "stacking" motion. Use different hand positions and fit them together to create the illusion of puzzle pieces stacking together.

Transitions

Moves

The "Inner" placement & technique between specific moves that allow Glovers to connect from one concept to another seamlessly.

Tutting

Moves

Combination of finger tutting and remoting – using arms, hands, fingers, etc., to create, slide, move, and manipulate boxes (or partial boxes) and 90 degree angles. Popular hip hop dance style.

Wave Tutting

Moves

Using finger waves/rolls to connect finger tuts

Whips

Moves

Fast, proportional, tunnel-like motions that create the illusion of light being “whipped” around by the Glover.

Diffuser

Parts

Small Plastic caps that are placed onto the exposed LED designed to magnify the trail size

Dops LED

Parts

Colors within the trail pattern are in a round dot, rather than the “brick” shape of strobe modes.

Hyper Strobe LED

Parts

A more exaggerated version of a strobe pattern. The colors are emitted longer and have a larger break, causing them to be brighter and flash more intensely when still

Mode

Parts

Mode - One specific trail pattern + Color set in a light (Oracles, trinities, and Chromas are the only lights with more than one color set)

Ribbon LED

Parts

A Solid trail of colors. Each color of the ribbon will

Strobe LED

Parts

Each color within the trail pattern is separated by a small gap, creating a “flicker” when the light is idle. Comes in 1color, 2color, and 3color options.

 

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