Life on the pro Dance Dance Revolution circuit

Yoz has posted a great account of his encounter with a touring clade of pan-European Dance Dance Revolution obsessives:

"We're a group of DDR players in Norway." Do they play other bemani games? "No, just DDR." He points to the guy he was playing with, now off the machine and chatting to his girlfriend. "He's from Sweden, he has a DDR group there too." The machine is now in the control of the third chap, a large-ish bloke with shoulder-length hair. "He has a group in France, but they play all kinds of music games." Do you guys play competitively? "Sometimes… like tomorrow. It's why we're all here – there's a big contest at the Namco arcade in Westminster. There'll be players from four different countries. It's pretty big."