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:

1ST PLACE:
@DaKree
– Dr. Love

2ND PLACE:
Uncle Phil – Celebrate

3RD PLACE:
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. 💚

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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!

FIRST PLACE:
RIRI / @ugogon
Nagoya, Japan
Try 2 Luv U

SECOND PLACE:
Applefrog
San Francisco, CA
Try 2 Luv U

THIRD PLACE:
Zio
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 FST 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!

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Freestyle Takeover: Fanime

We’re hosting a tournament on Friday night at Fanimecon! While the gaming hall has always been a perfect spot for DDR freestyle, it’s been way too long since we’ve seen dancers throw down in a competition. With the release of DDR Ace sparking a renewed energy around dance games and freestyle again in 2018, it is our DUTY to bring you an official tournament at the grandest anime stage of them all!

WHERE: Fanime Gaming Hall @ San Jose Convention Center
WHEN: May 25th, 7:30PM
MIX: DDR Extreme
ENTRY: Free w/ badge

The tournament will consist of two rounds:

ROUND 1 – IMPROV
Competitors will randomly draw a card from a curated set of songs and freestyle to it to the best of their ability. Singles/doubles and all modifiers / difficulties are allowed. Judges will select the top 8 dancers from this pool to move onto the next round.

ROUND 2 – ROUTINE
Bring your A game on a song of your choice!

JUDGING CRITERIA: https://freestyletakeover.wordpress.com/freestyle-takeover-rules

JUDGES
TBD!

PRIZES
– 1st place will receive a SURPRISE GIFT~ and a gift pack from the wonderful artist emu (check out her work at http://concon.tictail.com/)
– 2nd & 3rd place will receive emu gift packs as well!

More details soon to come!

The FST Podcast: Episode 001

Our latest podcast episode is up! We sat down with James Szeto (aka 001) to learn about his history with DDR freestyle and his approach to building routines as well as ambassador and USPF 2018 host Kevin Tan for an enlightening discussion on the international Pump It Up scene. Enjoy and be sure to share if you like what you hear!

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Cyber Cypher #1

We’re excited to announce Cyber Cypher #1, an online DDR freestyle tournament! We wanted to reach out to freestylers outside of California and a remote event sounded like the perfect way to showcase talent from all across the world.

To enter, choose from one of the following three songs and record a performance to it between now and May 5th!

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Full rules are as follows:
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Hands up in the air! 🙌

Big announcements today! We knew we didn’t want January’s tournament to be the end of DDR freestyle in 2018, so we’ve launched as a Brand ™ with the intent to celebrate and foster freestyle in the DDR community and bring you more content & events throughout the year.

First item of business is the launch of our podcast! Tune in to hear , and reflect on the performances from the first DDRFS tournament in NorCal in damn near a decade!

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We’re also super excited to share an ongoing project with you: The DDR Freestyle Archive! James is spearheading this with the goal of creating an accessible, centralized repository of tournament performances dating all the way back to the year 2000. For anyone curious about past events or looking for inspiration for their own routines, this thing is a must-see.

We’re open to any and all feedback and want to foster engagement and participation in freestyle as best we can. Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see and be sure to give us a follow on Twitter and Facebook in the meantime! Happy weekend y’all!