Dance Revolution

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

It's a true phenomena that has danced its way into arcades and homes throughout the world.

Vincent Wright and Cedric Ingram caught the beat several years ago.

"It's a dance rhythm game you follow the arrows on the screen when they come up, so you kind of need a little rhythm, but it's not that hard to get into," says Wright.

"It's kind of like an eye/feet coordination thing, so you have to know when the arrows are going to touch the arrows stationed at the top, and you have to also see what's coming up next so you can plan ahead," says Ingram.

The DDR machine is a favorite at Nickel World in Rockford. Wright says an average of 20-30 people play a day and tournaments are held every so often, attracting players from around the region. Manager Kim Corbett says many people use the machine for more than just entertainment...

"We get a lot of people during the day who just want to come in and exercise when there's not a lot of people here," says Corbett.

It's a phenomena that's created subcultures of fans an enthusiasts and DDR's popularity continues to grow. DDR has been released on a number of video game consoles, including Playstation, Gamecube and X-Box. An interesting fact, DDR has been registered as an official sport in Norway.


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