Back in the summer of 2006, my friend Alex Barker coaxed me into downloading StepMania, a free, open-source dance simulator. It was one of his favourite games, and he wanted me to try it out too. Reluctantly, I gave in an downloaded StepMania with a couple song packs (DDRMAX, DDRMAX 2, and Pop Candy). I started playing the game using just my keyboard and ended up enjoying it a lot. I decided to buy a cheap, $20 dance pad off of eBay to get the "full" experience and within a few weeks I was rockin' out like I'd never done before.
In December of the same year, I started working at the local movie theatre. I noticed that the theatre had a dance arcade machine, "In The Groove 2" it was called. In The Groove was a franchise made by the same people who created StepMania as a competing game for Konami's Dance Dance Revolution. Some legal troubles happened and not long after In The Groove 2 was released, Konami opened a lawsuit against RoXoR Games and eventually In The Groove was handed over to Konami and killed. That aside, I decided to download the In The Groove song packs for StepMania to practice them at home. Once I felt confident enough, I started playing on the arcade machine and it was a completely different experience. Dancing around on a steel and polycarbonate dance floor that doesn't move was so different than my little foam pad that always slipped and slid around, I just couldn't play