Freestyle Takeover: Night in Motion


Freestyle Takeover: Night in Motion proved that summer blockbusters aren’t just for movie screens. Full of flash, flavor, and fun times, it was the perfect kickoff for what would be an epic weekend at Infinity Stage San Jose—a rhythm-based gaming tournament spanning nine different titles held at Round1 San Jose.

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Cyber Cypher #1 Results!

Hey everyone! In case you missed the announcement on our podcast yesterday, the full results of our first ever DDR Cyber Cypher are here! Following the excitement and hype of our first Freestyle Takeover tourney in January, we wanted to give you a platform to compete and show off your moves if you couldn’t make it to the Bay Area.

And boy howdy, did all y’all blow our expectations out of the water! Players from across the Pacific in Japan to the United States proved freestyle is alive and well. You can watch all the entries via our YouTube playlist. Additionally, the judges’ scorecards have been posted.

Without further ado, here are the top three routines from Cyber Cypher #1!

RIRI / @ugogon
Nagoya, Japan
Try 2 Luv U

San Francisco, CA
Try 2 Luv U

Tokyo, Japan
Dance Celebration

If you missed out, fret not. We’ll be running this back soon!

We here at Freestyle Takeover thank each and every one of you for stepping up, getting down, and recording your routines at your local arcade, bedroom, garage, etc. All while using the hashtag #DDRFreestyle on social media. We’re eager to see what you’ve got in store for us next time!

DDR Freestyle Takeover 1/27/18 at Round1 Eastridge

In 1998, Dance Dance Revolution was released. Its immersive and interactive gameplay sparked a phenomenon that was unlike any that had come before it. Crowds of people flocked around the arcade machine with its bright colorful lights and pulsing electronic musical beats. Players were not merely pushing buttons; they were moving, grooving, and giving people something to get excited about. The magnetic nature of Dance Dance Revolution pulled together a wide range of dedicated players and communities formed in arcades all across the world.

Throughout the early 2000s, Dance Dance Revolution’s competitive scene was on fire. On any given weekend, you could find an arcade in the United States hosting a tournament. The main event of these tournaments that drew the most interest was the Freestyle competition. Freestyle was the “Dance” in Dance Dance Revolution where competitors would perform choreographed dance routines in front of enormous crowds. Freestyle allowed the unique opportunity for players to inject their own creativity and showmanship, thus making it visual performance art.

As the years went by, the Dance Dance Revolution tournament scene gradually shifted towards technical (score-based) gameplay as it was a more empirical format. While loyal and dedicated players have kept the scene alive through incredible feats of technical gameplay, Freestyle faded away. Gone for too long, but not forgotten…

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Dance Dance Revolution. On January 27th, 2018, we celebrate its roots with a Freestyle revival that will take over center stage at Round1 Arcade in San Jose, California — the current hotbed for Bay Area Dance Dance Revolution competition. Relive the creativity and showmanship, and watch as new are memories will be made on the dance pad.

Prizes and prestige are on the line for the day’s top DDR freestylers, and an exhibition featuring the Bay Area’s all-star DDR freestylers.

VIsit our Eventbrite page for more details and for tournament sign-ups.

We’ll be streaming this event at and would be delighted to feature your brand on our channel. For sponsorship opportunities, contact

$15 to compete, free to spectate

1st place: 60% of pot
2nd place: 30% of pot
3rd place: 10% of pot
subject to change

WHAT: Dance Dance Revolution A Freestyle Tournament
WHERE: Round1 Eastridge, 2200 Eastridge Loop #2094, San Jose, CA 95122
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 3pm