In 1998, Dance Dance Revolution was released. Its immersive and interactive gameplay sparked a phenomenon that was unlike any that had come before it. Crowds of people flocked around the arcade machine with its bright colorful lights and pulsing electronic musical beats. Players were not merely pushing buttons; they were moving, grooving, and giving people something to get excited about. The magnetic nature of Dance Dance Revolution pulled together a wide range of dedicated players and communities formed in arcades all across the world.
Throughout the early 2000s, Dance Dance Revolution’s competitive scene was on fire. On any given weekend, you could find an arcade in the United States hosting a tournament. The main event of these tournaments that drew the most interest was the Freestyle competition. Freestyle was the “Dance” in Dance Dance Revolution where competitors would perform choreographed dance routines in front of enormous crowds. Freestyle allowed the unique opportunity for players to inject their own creativity and showmanship, thus making it visual performance art.
As the years went by, the Dance Dance Revolution tournament scene gradually shifted towards technical (score-based) gameplay as it was a more empirical format. While loyal and dedicated players have kept the scene alive through incredible feats of technical gameplay, Freestyle faded away. Gone for too long, but not forgotten…
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Dance Dance Revolution. On January 27th, 2018, we celebrate its roots with a Freestyle revival that will take over center stage at Round1 Arcade in San Jose, California — the current hotbed for Bay Area Dance Dance Revolution competition. Relive the creativity and showmanship, and watch as new are memories will be made on the dance pad.
Prizes and prestige are on the line for the day’s top DDR freestylers, and an exhibition featuring the Bay Area’s all-star DDR freestylers.
VIsit our Eventbrite page for more details and for tournament sign-ups.
$15 to compete, free to spectate
1st place: 60% of pot
2nd place: 30% of pot
3rd place: 10% of pot
subject to change
WHAT: Dance Dance Revolution A Freestyle Tournament
WHERE: Round1 Eastridge, 2200 Eastridge Loop #2094, San Jose, CA 95122
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 3pm