|This Summer, SacAnime is pleased to host the now larger Starlight Ball. This special dance event featuring elegant music and ballroom dancing for all ages happens Saturday night at 9:00pm in the Cafe Hoshi room. (Ballroom 308, Convention Center 3rd Floor) Formal or Semi-Formal attire is required, and there is a small admission fee to cover refreshments.
Free ballroom dance workshops will be offered Friday and Saturday for those who would like to learn the basics before stepping out onto the floor. The schedule and class list will be posted online, and in the Program Book.
As this event does have specific clothing requirements, please take a moment to read more about what is and isn’t considered acceptable formal wear to save yourself from being turned away at the door. We cannot answer emails or PMs with pictures or examples for each individual participant, so instead, we ask that you self-regulate, and use your best judgement.
Need something to wear to the ball? Have extra formal wear in your closet? Read about our formal wear charity!
For the Ladies…
Open toe shoes are ok.
Bottom hem of skirt should be no higher than 6″ above the knee.*
Bodice of dress may be low-cut or backless as long as appropriate care is taken to ensure no “wardrobe malfunctions”.
*If you intend to dance wearing a short skirt, please wear appropriate undergarments. (ie: bloomers or dance shorts)
For the Gentlemen…
No jeans, or torn pants.
Shirts must be “button up” dress shirts. No t-shirts, tank tops, or fishnet.
Sweaters or vests are ok.
Jackets and ties are not required.
“Is cosplay allowed?”
If you aren’t sure, the answer is probably “no, it wouldn’t be.”
While there are some characters who dress in formal wear in the series they appear in (eg: Aya Brea from Parasite Eve starts the game in an evening gown…), most don’t. Character clothing should be put in context of where the character would wear it. For instance, the Ouran High school uniform is a jacket and slacks, but that’s not what they would wear on a fancy date.
Examples of what would NOT be considered formal wear:
An idea we are suggesting to those of you who would like to dress as your “signature” character at the ball and still be within the guidelines, is to dress as that character in formal wear. An excellent example would be the evening gown designs that were done for the Sailor Senshi from Sailormoon.
Use your imagination when putting together your outfit, but remember that some items will not be allowed, regardless of whether or not you are “in character”. This is in consideration of the other guests, and the venue itself.
Costume Elements that are NOT allowed into the Starlight Ball: