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Unread 07-11-2011, 09:27 AM   #1
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4th Annual Semi-Formal Ball by the TMCC

Put on your ball gown and dancing shoes and join the TMCC for the fourth annual Semi-Formal Ball! This is not a glowstick dance, but a chance to have some well-mannered frivolity. Please see the dress code as it will be enforced, but have fun with your look for a night to remember. A selection of ballroom-appropriate music from anime and video games will be played. Hope to see you there!

We don't know yet what time/day the event will be held (waiting on the AFest schedule to come out), but I'll update the thread once we have that information.

Our security team has their first meeting this week, and we'll update the dress code here once they've ironed it out. Last year's dress code can be found here.

Please post with any questions you may have!
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Unread 07-12-2011, 11:54 PM   #2
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Semi-Formal Ball 2011 ~ Dress Code Rules

Regardless of if you are cosplaying or not, your outfit must meet these rules.

~ No jeans, t-shirts, or casual clothing. Semi-formal (nice blouse/button-up dress shirt and khakis/dress pants) is the least casual attire allowed. Short-sleeved button-up shirts are allowed, but polo shirts are too casual. Think "Sunday Best" clothing, something you would wear to a wedding or a job interview. Have fun with your outfit for the dance! This is your chance to go all out with a dressy costume.

~ All shoes need to be clean. No Converse, tennis shoes, flip flop sandals, or bare feet.

~ No denim.

~ Clothing should be clean and well-presented.

~ Battle armor (Stormtrooper, Master Chief) is not appropriate, but ceremonial armor (Twilight Princess Zelda) is fine.

~ Cosplay is allowed (and encouraged!), but you may wish to design an original outfit or modify a character's clothing to fit the dress code if their regular outfit isn't appropriate. For example, Sephiroth in a tuxedo rather than his regular outfit. However, cosplay is not required.

~ Serious crossplay is perfectly fine.

~ Glowsticks, LED accessories, or rave apparel is not allowed.

~ Please do not wear large costumes like mascot suits, large wings, or mechas. They will be a hazard to you and others on the dance floor! Please leave your props in your room as they will likely get in your way.

~ Masks are not required.

~ The door staff has the final say on the acceptability of attire.

Ladies

~ Nothing shorter than knee-length. This includes shorts and skirts. They must be knee length and cannot be made of see through material.

~ No bare midriffs. However, bare shoulders are fine, as are fancy backless dresses.

~ Pants are acceptable (you don't have to wear a dress), but they must be dressy.

Gentlemen

~ No bare chests. You must wear a shirt.

~ No shorts as they are not considered dressy. Dandy/EGL knee-length dress pants are allowed.

Suggestions for acceptable attire:

~ EGL/Aristocrat/Dandy fashion (skirts must be knee-length or longer)
~ Suits
~ Military dress uniforms
~ Ball gowns and princess dresses
~ Historical costume (Civil War, Medieval, Victorian, etc) as long as it fits the dress code
~ Formal Steampunk
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Unread 07-14-2011, 11:49 PM   #3
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You may want to add...

Evening gowns with side slits past the knee are also not allowed.

My partner and I were asked to leave last year because her dress had this.
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Unread 07-17-2011, 02:55 AM   #4
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Sorry about that, we will make sure to put something into writing about that so that doesn't happen to some one again.
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Unread 08-28-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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I would like to add that this year, I've arranged a panel with a dance lesson, happening the afternoon prior to the ball:

Learn to Dance for the Semi-Formal Ball! (Saturday at 4pm, Panel Room 5)
Are you all ready for the Semi-Formal Ball? Ready to show off on the dance floor? Not so much? Got your costume all figured out, but still have two left feet? Don't worry, we can help! Come join us and learn everything you need to know to dance the night away!

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Unread 08-30-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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I am bringing my prom dress. gonna be honest. I went last year and wore a cute dress and I felt super underdressed X3
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Unread 09-01-2011, 10:50 PM   #7
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Also note, regarding the Saturday dance lesson at 4pm. The dress code is not enforced, so you can come casual if you want and learn to dance and then go change later before the ball where the dress code will be in effect.

Or you can just dress up for both-either way, but you don't have to for the lesson.

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Unread 09-06-2011, 12:24 PM   #8
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Thank you to everyone who came out for the semi-formal ball this year! We had a lot of fun running the event, and hope that everyone had a great time as well!

If you are interested in the semi-formal ball running again next year in a larger panel room, please let AnimeFest know that this event is important to you. We've grown every year, and unfortunately the room was pretty squishy this year with so many attendees. We'd love for this to get even bigger next year!
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Unread 09-07-2011, 11:59 PM   #9
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bigger room is neccissary
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Unread 09-08-2011, 08:34 AM   #10
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bigger room is neccissary
Please let AFest know on their feedback thread (either on Facebook or the AFest forums). I think the more people who let them know, the better chance we might get a bigger room next year...
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Unread 09-08-2011, 12:45 PM   #11
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I'll definitely let Afest know that we need a bigger room for the Ball. The setup this year was amazing and beautiful and I had so much fun!
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Unread 09-17-2011, 12:02 AM   #12
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Will do TR was good to see you again [I remember you from last a-fest to] I was at the pokemon photoshoot as one of the umbreons
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This was a really awesome event!! Can't wait to go again next year~~
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Ooh! A ball sounds like so much fun! This will be my first year attending AnimeFest, so I didn't even know they had this! Now I need an outfit, and dancing skills.. >.>
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This was a very fun event to attend. I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and this tends to happen each time hahaha. I encourage this event to anyone whom is contemplating it.
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