A million-dollar idea that I am bestowing upon the Internet

So this morning I was using DDR in workout mode. And it suddenly struck me: all those years when I was playing violin and trying to learn complicated rhythms, how much faster would I have learned them if I could have DANCED them?? I remember sometimes teachers would have me clap out rhythms, but dancing would have been so much cooler.

I’m thinking you would market it to the Suzuki folks. When you buy your Suzuki workbook, you could also get a companion DDR disc. The idea wouldn’t be to play and dance at the same time, but rather to get the rhythms down via the dancing, and then you’d know them cold when you picked up your instrument. Or, hell, I dunno, maybe you would play and dance simultaneously, although that seems pretty insane.

Anyway, it kind of amazes me that classical DDR doesn’t already exist. Does it, and am I just unaware of what it’s called? Or should I totally delete this post and start contacting my secret network of game developers? ;)

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  • signifier
    September 15, 2006 at 11:30 am

    An even better incentive to get good at DDR:

  • thisisnotanlj
    September 15, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    everyone click above.
    and , how’re you doing?

  • nevikmoore
    September 15, 2006 at 12:12 pm


  • signifier
    September 15, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Been a weird couple of weeks. Book still not done, or anywhere near. Would love to catch up–email or call & let’s make plans!

  • janeandsimple
    September 15, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    The weird thing is that I was playing DDR right before reading this (well, actually, I was playing StepMania, DDR’s open-source cousin).

    I know it seems intuitive, but I was amazed, watching my friends, at how quickly you learn exactly who can identify a baseline and who can’t. At a basic level, that’s all DDR is, and it’s strange how some people just CAN’T hear it… Like your music teachers, I sometimes had to stand next to the mat, clapping the beat, so that they’d find it.

    At a higher level, it becomes more a matter of eye-to-foot coordination. I know three avid gamers who also play the drums, and they KILL at the game, regardless as to how much they may or may not actually enjoy it.


  • capn_jil
    September 15, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    Try In The Groove or any number of other open-source DDR clones, some fag will likely have put up some classical music. It’s only a matter of time.

    Haha. We must play the DDR when I revisit the Portland place when I have the time thing.

  • jennysmells
    September 15, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    There are some DDR songs that are just techno remixes of classical music, or else have classical music sampled (for example, “Dream a Dream” by Captain Jack features In the Hall of the Mountain King…and there’s Kakumei which is just the Revolutionary…etude…or something; I have forgotten what it is called). But most likely there will be some on StepMania…

  • jadedmetaphor
    September 16, 2006 at 10:22 am

    The Super Mario version of DDR for Game Cube has mostly classical songs (although they’re remixed to sound slightly more techno). But yes, I played piano for years and have found even my own rhythm/beat has improved through DDR.