Freestyle Takeover: MAGWest results

If you were dancing with props, you were getting props. That was the theme of Freestyle Takeover’s most recent competition held this past weekend at MAGWest, the West Coast expansion of MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival).


We held a two-round improv freestyle tournament to determine who had the most creativity and charisma when faced with a random song. The first twist: It was on a DDR 4th Mix Plus machine, a mix that hasn’t seen the light of day in Northern California in over a decade. The second twist: Each competitor was randomly assigned a physical prop to use in conjunction with their first round performance. The result? The crowd, the judges, and the Twitch audience were treated to plenty of clever acts on stage!

In the final round, the physical props were shooed away but the energy was turned up to 11. Despite the competitors being bound to a random song, they still let loose and left it all on the dance pads. This is not some phrase that we throw around lightly; the top 3 finishers finished within a point of each other on the judges’ scorecards!

With that said, here are the full results below!

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Cyber Cypher 2 special announcement!

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:

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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!!

Cyber Cypher #2

After a wildly entertaining and successful turnout for Cyber Cypher #1, we’re excited to announce Cyber Cypher #2! No matter where you are in the world, all it takes is a machine, a camera, and your sweet, sweet moves to participate in our second remote competition.

To enter, select any of the following four songs and record a performance to it between June 27, 2018 and August 12, 2018, 11:59pm.

  • Wake Me Up – Avicii (DDR A)
  • Exotic Ethnic – RevenG (DDR MAX)
  • Gamelan de Couple – Tomosuke (DDR Extreme)
  • Brazilian Anthem – Berimbau ’66 (DDR SuperNOVA)

For this round, three of the judges on the panel will be former Freestyle Takeover event champions. The fourth judge will be none other than… the Freestyle Takeover fans! To submit a fan vote, check out the official Cyber Cypher #2 rules after the jump:

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The Freestyle Takeover Podcast: Episode 3

We have a new episode of the podcast up with Mel B and Captain Canada hosting! We’ve got two new FS tournaments to announce and one big event to cover from FanimeCon 2018! Sacramento freestylers Uncle Phil and Funktion join us as well to talk over their Fanime experience as well as their history with dance game freestyle in the Bay Area!


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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:

– Dr. Love

Uncle Phil – Celebrate

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. 💚