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Song: Cheek to Cheek
Description: Song from the 1935 musical “Top Hat” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Included:

  • Single Beginner
  • Single Easy
  • Single Medium
  • Single Hard

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My first Stepmania chart. I wanted to tread some new ground and make something that you don’t see all the time. This song is part of a dance number near the end of the movie. It is really sweet and fun. For adapting to Stepmania, the big challenge here is that the song doesn’t use a drum machine, the tempo changes ever so slightly and frequently.

For the hard chart there are some chaos-type elements and dense sections that might be challenging at 1x arrow speed, so it may be worth practicing at other speeds if it’s not legible. The idea was to make it a hybrid of “DDR” and “tapdance” schemes for what you do.

At 4:53 the song is quite long by DDR standards but I didn’t have it in me to cut any of it.

The charts include a background video consisting of a montage of clips from the movie.


Song: Don’t Wanna Fall In Love (Nice edit)
Description: A synthy throwback R&B song by Canadian pop singer Jane Child.
Included:

  • Single Medium

The backing music for this is a shortened and ultra-cleaned up version of the song removing some of the violent metaphor. I really like the original, but this came out of one time I was to be giving a friend a ride in my car. This friend had gone through a hard time and was recovering from something where they wouldn’t take well to lyrics with violent connotation. This one might have been fine but better safe than sorry. When I was scrubbing my car playlist I really wanted to keep the song so I edited it.

For this, I wanted it to be DDR length. So since I already had the edited-clean version, I just used that to get something more “condensed” and cut it off at a good point.

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Song: Don’t Wanna Fall In Love (Standard edit)
Description: A synthy throwback R&B song by Canadian pop singer Jane Child.
Included:

  • Single Medium

I love Jane Child, she is legendary… For this chart, there is some air and ‘skipping’. It’s just Medium so don’t worry about it.

There’s a background video based on the music video.

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Song: Spinning Around (iTunes Festival London 2014)
Description: A dance-disco pop song by Kylie Minogue.
Included:

  • Single Hard

I wouldn’t normally think to use a live recording for rhythm games but it is a fairly clean recording. And a very fun, cool arrangement different from the album version. And slightly faster BPM. The audio has been edited just a bit for length.

This is a solid pop song with some disco elements. It always reminds me of the UK Office. It was in this one scene where they are in some smalltown nightclub, the whole gang is there. People are acting badly, everything is a goddamn horror show. Then there’s this song. Maybe the song is supposed to make it worse. For some reason I was left with an impression that it reduced the stakes of what’s happening and cut some of the tension in this strange scene. The series is really thoughtfully-made so whatever the reason, it must have been a deliberate song choice.

This chart itself has a bunch of skipping and jumping around. And, a 🡄 🡇 🡆 🡅. You know what to do.

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