Style Guide #3 by kay0ss: High Energy

The Light is a rollercoaster of a track, with its vocals leading up to the build up that will leave you fist pumping all throughout the track well after its drop!

For songs like this, you want to convey the energy that the artist intended its audience to feel when composing the song, so your movements should be a solid outlier for this!

In the beginning, the best way to build up your performance is to start subtle. Don’t give away too much and don’t use up all your energy right away! If you know the songs lyrics, you can sing along/act out the words!

Once the main melody and drop kick in, it’s time to go all-in! You can do this in any way you desire. You can represent the energy of the song with your footwork, your body movement, or your facial expressions.

Although the song’s energy remains, your stamina may not! In this case, it is ok to lay off the gas pedal and “coast” along with the song. You don’t have to go full-out the entire time, but you can still freestyle at your own pace that still matches the music!

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Style Guide #2 by kay0ss: Precision/Control

Dead Heat is a new Drum’n’Bass track carried by its hard hitting percussive sounds layered on top of smooth, atmospheric synth lines. Despite the song clocking in at 177 BPM, the song feels a lot smoother than most tracks around the same tempo as it is dictated by its instrumentation throughout, and the “feeling” of the song itself changes as shifts into each phase.

The beginning is headlined by its smooth guitar and familiar Maozon-like synths. The percussion doesn’t build up until after a few measures, so the beginning can be treated as a build up, where one may take their time as their freestyle goes along.

You can then match your body as the bass builds up, with each movement having a purpose. It is at this point where having good control over your body movements becomes vital.

Songs like Dead Heat usually have many instruments layered on top of each other, but that does not mean you have to move to every single one! Choose any part of an instrument (like the primary synth or the snare drum) and let your movement represent that.

As the song transitions in and out of the drum’n’bass patterns, the percussion instruments will subside, and the main melody will take over, leaving you with the freedom to interpret the “feeling” of the song. You can either slow down and make it smooth, or stay sharp and precise.

Don’t be afraid to switch in and out of different feelings, too. Different instruments can determine what you feel, which in turn will decide how you want to approach your Freestyle. It’s all about what you are feeling in the moment! 

Genesis 6

Coming hot off of D2R, we’ll be co-hosting a DDR Extreme freestyle tournament this Saturday 2/2 at Genesis 6, one of the major Super Smash Bros events of the year at the Oakland Marriott City Center! Catch the action at 8pm PST following the Extreme Pro technical division hosted by SF EVOLVED.

Onsite registration will close Feb 2 @ 11:00am PST (first come first serve). Spectator badges are $30 and admission is $10 per division. There’s a ton of other high-level competition and freeplay around the convention center that day, so we highly encourage showing up early to check out the rest of the event!

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2089819394399839

Twitch streams:
– Freestyle: https://www.twitch.tv/freestyletakeover
– Technical (Marvelous Attack): https://www.twitch.tv/sf_evolved

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!

Streets are talking!

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Hi! Paolo here, one of the organizers of Freestyle Takeover! We’ve been working super hard behind the scenes and can’t believe the tournament is going down this Saturday at Round1 San Jose!

While you are putting the finishing touches on your freestyle routine or watching old freestyle videos to get your body ready, we wanted to mention some of the media attention we’ve been getting in the lead-up to Freestyle Takeover!

Recently we were featured guests on the illustrious Arrow Panel podcast with hosts Jeff (Fungah) and Dalton (Blue Chaos). We talked about the history of freestyle, our own backstories within the Northern California DDR community, and rejuvenating freestyle in 2018:

(Freestyle talk begins at 13:45)

Last night, our own dj melvis (fka Mel B.) was a guest on Orange Lounge Radio, the longest running weekly show/podcast about video games. Coincidentally, OLR started out as a weekly show revolving around news involving all things Bemani and its fanbase. Melvis held it down with hosts Skie and DarkSakura and talked shop about DDR freestyle, the resurgence of the DDR community, and the upcoming tournament!

(Mel’s segment begins at 24:27 and lasts for about a half-hour)

Lastly, we are a TOP PICK event on SF Fun Cheap (and yes that is a Pump It Up machine featured)

The response we’ve gotten for Freestyle Takeover completely blew away our expectations when we first came up with the idea last July at California Extreme.

If you are planning on competing, registering online is preferred. (Click the Register link on the navigation bar at the top of this page.) Those who pre-reg online will receive a complimentary swag bag (including the limited edition Freestyle Takeover towel featured in at the top of this post, swung at by our co-organizer John at the Random Caprice DDR Extreme tournament this past Saturday!). If you can’t pre-reg online, there will be onsite registration available on the day of the tournament.

We’ll see you this Saturday at 3pm at Round1 San Jose in Eastridge Shopping Center! And if you can’t make it, don’t fret. We’ll be streaming the whole thing on Twitch at twitch.tv/Gabby_Jay!

Stay tuned for more information this week!