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!
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!
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.
Mark (aka BillyJr82) for being an absolute godsend. His technical know-how and guidance was priceless behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to D2R.
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!
We’re joined by freestyle legend @LilB in our latest podcast as we hit the home stretch on the road to D2R! We run down the 8v8 squad battle lineup, recap the KAC qualifiers, and hear some super entertaining stories from Brian about his early #DDR days!