Lately the rage against raves has died down mostly because its novelty has worn out. That doesn’t mean bad press doesn’t emerge against the all night dance parties. For the most part issues surrounding the drug use at these types of events has increased. However, some of you may remember the times when the ‘art’ or glowsticking was considered taboo. Glow sticks at raves were discouraged because of their association with drugs—kind of weird given the fact glow sticks are toys not drugs.
At this point you’re either following the article or wondering what I mean by glowsticking. Here is a quick summary. Glowsticking is basically dancing with glowsticks. You can use glow sticks to accent your dance moves by tying them to your wrists and waving them to and fro. Obviously in the dark this could look pretty neat.
Some people have also increased their skills by researching an ancient art called “Poi”. Poi extends past the original Māori culture where the performance technique was used. Nowadays poi spinning is done as a hobby, or to help your moves on the dance floor. Some basic glow stick poi moves include the: “Weave” and the “Butterfly”.
Of course, one of the practical reason why glowsticking was removed from raves and clubs was because some of the moves were dangerous. Not stabby dangerous, just dangerous in terms of hitting someone. Moves like orbitals, catches, and thumbsplits, require string manipulations which also require space. Space is hard to come by in cramped clubs so the chances of pegging someone in the head are much higher. Basically you can’t swing your toys in fast and erratic movements for fear of someone else losing an eye. Come to think of it, some glow sticks break easily and everyone gets splattered with glow dye (albeit harmless).
Nonetheless, the cool dance moves are still popular in many club/dance scenes around the world. In some cases, presently, glowsticking has fallen by the wayside as only particular ‘crowds’ adopt the once novel idea while others turn their nose up to it.
In the very least here is an essential tip: keep the strings shorter than your arms while stringing so you avoid hitting yourself in the nuts. Of course we should also think about hitting other people, but too long and you’ll be hitting yourself in the head. All in all, the act of glowsticking is not as popular as it once was but still remains a neat way to take control of the dancefloor for a moment or two. And no, it’s not directly related to drug use, but if you’ve been to a rave or club you probably already knew that.