How to Dance With Glow Sticks

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The rave music scene brought many innovations in style, fashion and music into popular culture. One of the most recognizable and fun offshoots of the rave experience is glow-stick dancing. Easy to learn and as complex as you want it to be, dancing with a glow-stick isn't just for the rave crowd, but can be a fun pastime for all ages. Glow-stick dancing can be done in a group or solo, for exercise or to pass the time. One of the great things about glow-stick dancing is that it is largely interpretive. What matters most is that you are enjoying yourself. For serious practitioners, there are expert glow-stick dancing groups and sites that create glow-stick dancing events, films and offer advanced tutorials.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow-sticks
  • String
  • Music to dance to

Basic Glow-Stick Dancing

  • Bend your glow-sticks to release the chemicals that make them glow. Turn off the lights. Turn on the music. Feel the beat.

  • Hold a glow-stick in each hand and wave your arms to the beat.

  • Wave your arms in a figure eight pattern.

  • Spin your body with your arms outstretched, holding a glow-stick in each hand.

  • Wave the glow-sticks as if directing traffic. Spin one glow-stick over your head in a circular motion while waving the other in front of your face like a windshield wiper.

Glow-Stick on a String Dance

  • Affix a length of string to the end of your glow-stick. Do not attempt this unless your glow-stick has a hole through which you can tie the string and knot it securely.

  • As the music starts spin the glow-stick in a circular motion at the end of the string.

  • As you spin the glow-stick, switch the string to your other hand.

  • Let the string wrap around your forearm and reel the glow-stick in like a yo-yo.

  • Repeat with two glow-sticks for double the effect.

Synchronized Glow-Stick Dancing

  • Hand a friend two glow-sticks (either on a string or off).

  • Spin your glow-stick in unison with your partner.

  • Stand back to back with your partner as you spin your glow-sticks.

  • Gather as many friends as you can and repeat.

  • If you gather enough friends (or willing strangers) you can make a glow-stick train.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you would like to preserve a glow-stick for later use they can be placed in the freezer and then thawed out.
  • Do not cut, bend or attempt to break open a glow-stick as the chemicals inside can be hazardous to the health. If any is swallowed by accident call a doctor immediately.

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