It’s another year — and another evening of fun and elegance at FanimeCon 2013′s Black and White Ball! Dig out your favorite dance shoes, haul out your best formalwear or formal cosplay, and come find us in Parkside Hall on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM for great music, beautiful photographs, and of course hours of dancing!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry! The Black and White Ball staff will be offering group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball, as well as a handful of private lessons (first come, first serve, so sign up early during the con!). Come and experience one of the most talked-about events of FanimeCon!

Please note, there is a dress code for the ball:

Allowed* Not Allowed
Tops Button-up long-sleeve shirts/blouses; dress jackets; evening jackets; suit jackets; formal cosplay; evening gowns; dresses that go no higher than the top of the knee cap at its highest point (including slits and asymmetrical hems) Button-up short-sleeve shirts; T-shirts; tank tops; muscle shirts; tube tops; ripped shirts; not wearing a shirt
Bottoms Dress pants; slacks; khakis; pants that are part of a formal cosplay; skirts that do not go higher than the top of the knee cap at its highest point (including slits and asymmetrical hems) Jeans; shorts; cutoffs; dresses or skirts that go higher than the top of the knee cap (including slits and asymmetrical hems)
Accessories Ties; gloves; jewelry; formal hats Weapon props
Shoes Dress shoes; ballroom-dance shoes; dress boots; flats; heels that are 4” or lower (including platform); clean, solid black TOMS/VANS
Note: Leather sole or suede sole shoes are preferred. Please help us keep our floor in tip-top shape!
Sneakers; shoes with stiletto heels (narrow-tipped heels that are less than a nickel in diameter); heels over 4” (including platform); sandals; Birkenstocks; flip-flops; dance sneakers; bare feet
*Cosplay and crossplay are allowed, so long as the attire fits within these guidelines.
** Dress code will be strictly enforced — we will be denying entry to individuals wearing inappropriate attire.

Have a question about the dress code? Would you like to know if your outfit is appropriate for the Black and White Ball? Head on over to the Official Black and White Ball Attire Questions Thread on the forums or email us at for more information!


Things to Remember:

  • Coat Check: Sorry, we won’t be offering a coat check. Please keep your personal belongings close by and avoid bringing too much with you, as the dance hall often reaches full capacity during the ball. FanimeCon is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.
  • Dance Etiquette: Please be courteous and respectful to others. If you want to decline a dance, please do so politely. There are also no restrictions on who can do the asking when it comes to requesting a dance!
  • Dance Lessons: The Black & White Ball staff will be providing group dance lessons every day up until the ball ­— and a handful private lessons on select nights and mornings during FanimeCon. (More details on private lessons will be available during the group lessons and when the lesson schedule is officially posted.) If you want a sneak peek of the steps that’ll be taught at the lessons or just want to refresh your memory before the ball, we’ve got videos of our instructors demonstrating steps for all the dances on FanimeCon’s Youtube channel!
  • Line of Dance: Since there will be others dancing on the floor with you, please be respectfully aware of other dancers. For traveling dances (waltz, tango, foxtrot), please travel in a counter-clockwise direction (line of dance). More experienced dancers should generally dance on the outer edge of the floor while more inexperienced dancers should dance closer to the center of the floor. If you choose to do a stationary dance (such as swing) during a line-of-dance song (such as foxtrot), you MUST dance in the center of the floor. Please help us prevent collisions!
  • Music: The playlist will be finalized before the ball, so no requests for songs will be taken during the event. If you’d like to suggest a song, please head over to the forums:,17730.0.html.
  • Personal Hygiene: Since you’ll be in close contact with many people, please freshen up before coming to the ball. Breath mints are also appreciated!
  • Photography: Make FanimeCon’s Black and White Ball 2013 a night to remember! We will have a professional photographer at the Black and White Ball. Come by the photo area and have your picture taken on a green screen with your choice of background. Prints start at $5 each. You will receive your prints the night of the event. Portraits provided by Mynessa Photography.
  • Shoes: Please wear appropriate and comfortable shoes! (See the dress-code chart for tips/guidance.) Your feet will thank you by the end of the night. Dancing barefoot is not allowed.
  • Stay Hydrated: Since dancing is an intense activity, please keep aware of your own health! In particular, remember to drink lots of water — we’ll be providing lots of it during the ball.