Pump it Up tournament?
Unfortunately, I forgot when the tournament started actually started when I booked my tickets for Ghost in the Shell two weeks ago after taking advantage of a Crunchyroll promotion (thanks Ryan!), so by the time I actually got to the venue they had gotten far in the Lower Speed Division, which was one of three divisions being represented; the other two being Freestyle and the Upper Speed Division.
Even on the Lower Speed Division, the song choices were difficult and it's not easy not only to be physically fit and conditioned to make those movements on a consistent basis but also be knowledgeable in the charts themselves - a Single 17 (S17 for short) can play dramatically different than a S19 or even a Doubles 17 (D17 for short); not to mention, songs from previous games are in play, some dating back to the early 2000s.
|The final two of the Lower Speed Division watching the chart for their song|
|Top 3 of the Lower Speed Division posing for photos|
|The judges going deliberating after a freestyle performance|
|This is not that performance, but this one was a crowd pleaser|
|Top 3 of Freestyle posing for photos|
|The amazing footwork on display|
|Shawn working on that oversensitive pad|
The Upper Speed Division took a very long time but in between that were some tense and tight moments that you would expect from a tournament.
|Winning by 200 points was a memorable moment from the tournament|
|John Tran getting love from the NCWO crew after advancing|
|Top 3 of Upper Speed Division posing for photos|
|The group photo in two shots|
|Random photo of DeKree to finish out this report|