The Freestyle Takeover Podcast: Episode 4

Episode 4 of the Freestyle Takeover Podcast is up! It’s a mini-episode this time as we discuss Cyber Cypher 2, MAGWest in August and Fresno Frenzy 2 in September. We also recap DDR Storm at CEO 2018, DDR streaming and the launch of @DDR_573 from Konami! Listen now!


Cyber Cypher #2

After a wildly entertaining and successful turnout for Cyber Cypher #1, we’re excited to announce Cyber Cypher #2! No matter where you are in the world, all it takes is a machine, a camera, and your sweet, sweet moves to participate in our second remote competition.


To enter, select any of the following four songs and record a performance to it between June 27, 2018 and August 12, 2018, 11:59pm.

  • Wake Me Up – Avicii (DDR A)
  • Exotic Ethnic – RevenG (DDR MAX)
  • Gamelan de Couple – Tomosuke (DDR Extreme)
  • Brazilian Anthem – Berimbau ’66 (DDR SuperNOVA)

For this round, three of the judges on the panel will be former Freestyle Takeover event champions. The fourth judge will be none other than… the Freestyle Takeover fans! To submit a fan vote, check out the official Cyber Cypher #2 rules after the jump:

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The Freestyle Takeover Podcast: Episode 3

We have a new episode of the podcast up with Mel B and Captain Canada hosting! We’ve got two new FS tournaments to announce and one big event to cover from FanimeCon 2018! Sacramento freestylers Uncle Phil and Funktion join us as well to talk over their Fanime experience as well as their history with dance game freestyle in the Bay Area!


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Freestyle Takeover: Fanime results


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Freestyle Takeover: Fanime was a homecoming, a return to form and the best Fanime experience we have had in years. It was super gratifying to not only see people show up and compete, but to see them come prepared, dance their hearts out to unconventional songs and breathe new life into a game released in 2002. Judging by the top 3 routines (each song from DDR 2nd Mix Club Version, no less!) and the overall quality of performance in both rounds, I think we can safely say the bar has been raised for DDR freestyle in 2018. 🙂

We’ve made our judges’ scorecards public and have set up a Youtube playlist of all the performances from Friday night – go check it out and be sure to subscribe to our channel while you’re at it!

Without further ado, here are your top 3:

– Dr. Love

Uncle Phil – Celebrate

Jonas Juice– 5.1.1.

HONORABLE MENTION for the night goes to 001. Though he didn’t qualify for round 2, he blew us all away with an exhibition of the routine he’d prepared:

We’d like to thank everyone who came through to compete and spectate that night – your love of the game is infectious and brought us much joy that night. Major thanks as well to @dammit_jill for taking the time to record video and Emu the Artist for providing prizes from her Concon store. This was one hell of a fun event and we can’t wait to throw another one like it. 💚

Cyber Cypher #1 Results!

Hey everyone! In case you missed the announcement on our podcast yesterday, the full results of our first ever DDR Cyber Cypher are here! Following the excitement and hype of our first Freestyle Takeover tourney in January, we wanted to give you a platform to compete and show off your moves if you couldn’t make it to the Bay Area.

And boy howdy, did all y’all blow our expectations out of the water! Players from across the Pacific in Japan to the United States proved freestyle is alive and well. You can watch all the entries via our YouTube playlist. Additionally, the judges’ scorecards have been posted.

Without further ado, here are the top three routines from Cyber Cypher #1!

RIRI / @ugogon
Nagoya, Japan
Try 2 Luv U

San Francisco, CA
Try 2 Luv U

Tokyo, Japan
Dance Celebration

If you missed out, fret not. We’ll be running this back soon!

We here at Freestyle Takeover thank each and every one of you for stepping up, getting down, and recording your routines at your local arcade, bedroom, garage, etc. All while using the hashtag #DDRFreestyle on social media. We’re eager to see what you’ve got in store for us next time!

The Freestyle Takeover Podcast: Episode 2

 freestyle champ joins us for episode (Try) 2 (Luv U) of the podcast to talk dance training, freestyle background and the importance of character development and trusting your own instincts! We also recap the results of Cyber Cypher #1 and give our initial Dance Rush impressions in an EXTRA STAGE segment! This was a jam-packed episode and a very fun conversation with a one of a kind freestyle talent. Don’t miss it!