We dig deep into the historic early 2000s roots of the NorCal DDR scene with the always congenial Mr. Wendell on Episode 6-Panel of the Freestyle Takeover Podcast! Plus Fresno Frenzy 2 hype, MAGWest/Cyber Cypher 2 recaps, new songs & more!
Cyber Cypher 2 results are in!
1st: @akausa_ch – Brazilian Anthem
2nd: @Applefrog – Exotic Ethnic
3rd: @pauliwrath_ – Brazilian Anthem
Thanks to all for entering, we loved seeing the work y’all put in for this!
With a little over 2 weeks before the 8/12 deadline for Cyber Cypher 2, it’s time to reveal what we’ve got in store for our winners!
1st place gets our ELITE towel designed by Caitlin Gowdey:
Our top 3 placings will get their choice of one of three EXCLUSIVE shirts featuring a celebrated DDR player.
To enter, simply record a freestyle performance to one of these four songs, upload it to social media and tag it with #DDRFreestyle:
We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Good luck!!
For info and registration, check out MAGWest.org!
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
– 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!
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!