Another year, another that FanimeCon overdelivers! Crowds eagerly gathered in the gaming hall on Saturday night of Fanime weekend to watch ten freestylers give it their best in our DDR 5th mix freestyle tournament. It was our second year hosting an event at the popular San Jose convention and dancers had noticeably stepped up their confidence and skills from last year. Fanime is always a great venue to play up the pageantry and is a low-pressure event for beginning freestylers to find their footing as well.Continue reading “Freestyle Takeover: Fanime results”
August 9th is PARTY TIME at Round1 San Jose!
Freestyle Takeover: Night in Motion is a dance game performance competition that’s bound to get you hyped for Infinity Stage weekend. We’ll be hosting two divisions Friday evening following Valkyrie Ascension to make for one hell of an opening day!
For our first division, the floor is yours in the very first DANCERUSH STARDOM freestyle event in the US. For the main event of the night, come show us your performance™ in our Dance Dance Revolution Ace freestyle competition!
We’ll be hosting a 2 round DDR 5th Mix freestyle competition on 5/25 at FanimeCon 2019! Cosplay strongly encouraged!
Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/621737311573288
Our next freestyle event will be held on DDR Ace at Fresno Frenzy 3 on Saturday, April 20th alongside the lower/middle and upper division events of that weekend! You won’t want to miss this!
If you haven’t seen yet, videos are up for Genesis 6! Congrats to Butters for taking top honors and GETTING THAT BREAD with one of the best routines we’ve seen since Takeover launched!
1st: Butters – So In Love
2nd: DaKree – Celebrate
3rd: 001 – Let the Beat Hit Em
Full playlist here:
It was a day that lived up to its namesake. D2R left spectators at Esports Arena Oakland in awe with a showcase of world-class dance game talent and skill that won’t soon be forgotten. It was a high point for the Bay Area freestyle scene and an exciting step forward for the DDR community at large as we showcased the best the community had to offer in a brand new environment.
Photos by Dalton Runberg
Garnering 5 of the 6 judges’ first place votes, Applefrog became a 3-time Freestyle Takeover champion – having previously won MAGWest and Cyber Cypher 3 – and took home the coveted D2R championship belt. His “Remember You” routine combined impeccable choreography with a compelling narrative: a tongue-in-cheek yet heart-wrenching retelling of the dissolved relationship between Konami and game designer Hideo Kojima.
Throughout the night, Applefrog would face stiff competition from 16 other freestyle talents including (but definitely not limited to):
- Bruce Leroy, whose “In Love Wit You” routine fused smooth R&B dancing with a wild plot twist at the end to take 2nd place
- The Juice, whose “Dancing All Alone” had more energy than a cooler full of Monster Zero Ultra and scored him a 3rd place spot
- 001, whose sharply-choreographed “Broken My Heart” routine proved why he’s a two-time Freestyle Takeover champion
- DaKree, who lead off the night with “Heatstroke” and left many in attendance hot under the collar 🔥
- TeamKhris, who visited all the way from Miami with his eyes on the title belt
- Hypnotikz and Delo, both visiting from Japan and making their return to the DDR stage after a decade-plus hiatus!
You can check out all the performances right here on our Youtube channel!
Earlier in the day, the co-main event 8v8 Squad Tech Battle was an absolute barnburner as well! Team 🌽 (captained by iamchris4life) bested Team 🍄 (anchored by fungah) by a decisive score of 11.5 to 5.5. Both teams competed on three different mixes (5th, Extreme Pro and X2) in a variety of formats, facing off in some tightly contested matches to the delight of the crowd. Captains decided which players to send out for every set of songs, adding an extra layer of strategy to each round.
No moment may have caused a louder crowd pop than iamchris4life vs. Dimo on The Legend of Max, where both competitors achieved identical EX scores, both only 1 Great away from a AAA grade.
You can check out the full Twitch archive of the squad battle here.
This event was a true community effort and could not have been possible without the help of players from all across the Bay Area. Our sincere thanks to:
- Esports Arena Oakland for not only their hospitality, but their shared enthusiasm for this event and the amazing support they provided the night before and the day of the event. A first-class venue with first-class staff.
- Romer for his excellent job promoting D2R on Facebook and assistance with the DDR X2 card draw app.
- Buzzert, G, Dimo, and Bruce for their entertaining & engaging stream commentary throughout the event.
- Michele King, Marjorie, Mr. Wendell, Lil B and kay0ss for taking judging duties for the most stacked freestyle lineup of the year.
- Chris4life and fungah for collaborating with us on the tech battle event. You both did a stellar job assembling two elite squads that deserved the spotlight and we wish you both the best of luck at KAC!
We’re still coming down from the high of D2R. This has been the cherry on the sundae of our first year as Freestyle Takeover and an incredible way to have celebrated 20 years of Dance Dance Revolution. The community’s outpour of support and positive feedback is nothing short of encouraging for things to come in 2019. Thank you all again!