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Unread 07-01-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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The Annual Semi-Formal Ball 2013 Hosted by the TexPlex Cosplay Coalition!

TIME: August 31, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Not Yet Known

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!

Just as last year, the Texas Metroplex Cosplay Coalition is happy to host AnimeFest's Semi-Formal Ball! A date and time have not been established with the convention at this time, but once it has, I will be updated THIS FIRST POST to ensure everyone has all the proper information!

Here follows the list of rules for this year's ball, as it has been updated and changed in a few important places:

ANIMEFEST Semi-Formal Ball 2013 ~ 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.

~ Costumes and outfits must be in good repair and of fair quality. Nothing cheaply made like a suit from a Halloween store. All shoes need to be clean. No Converse, canvas shoes, tennis shoes, flip flop sandals, or bare feet.

~ No denim. Period.

~ 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. This extends to cyberpunk as well.

~ 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. This extends to large costumes PIECES; leave the giant wings in the hotel room! Props are not allowed, but some formal-style canes (think Tuxedo Mask or formal!Loki) are allowed.

~ Masks are not required. Full facial coverings will be taken on a case by case basis.

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

~ Personal hygiene is a must! We will all be crammed into a ballroom in close quarters with dance partners for many hours. Coming clean and without con funk is part of the dress code!

~ Formal Highland attire is welcome, but it must be tartans. No utility-style kilts allowed!

~ Renaissance dresses and attire are welcome, as long as they are formal and you do not run the risk of being exposed.

Ladies

~ Nothing shorter than knee-length. This includes shorts and skirts. They must be knee length and cannot be made of see through material. The hem of the shortest part of your skirt MUST TOUCH YOUR KNEE. **PLEASE NOTE: High slits in dresses are fine as long as the hem of the dress meets the knee-length requirement. HOWEVER, you should not be exposing any undergarments, or you will be asked to leave.

~ 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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Cosplays for 2014-15:

Simon Blackquill - Ace Attorney (100%)
Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth - Ace Attorney (100%)
Tsunami - Tenchi Muyo! (100%)
Luke Skywalker 2.0 (A New Hope) - Star Wars (100%)
Sailor Moon - Sailor Moon (80%)
Princess Serenity - Sailor Moon (Planned)
Tuxedo Mask - Sailor Moon (10%)

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Unread 07-02-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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If any one has questions on the dress code please feel free top ask!
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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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What Tamlin said!

This year, we are incorporating a theme into our decorations and some of our music, which is Western/Spanish in nature!

While this does not mean you will be allowed to wear denium (the rules above have NOT changed!), we are encouraging Western or Spanish INSPIRED formal and semi-formal attire! Got a character from an anime or game that fits the theme? Wear a formal costume/outfit for them inspired by them!
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Simon Blackquill - Ace Attorney (100%)
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Tsunami - Tenchi Muyo! (100%)
Luke Skywalker 2.0 (A New Hope) - Star Wars (100%)
Sailor Moon - Sailor Moon (80%)
Princess Serenity - Sailor Moon (Planned)
Tuxedo Mask - Sailor Moon (10%)
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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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Or add some shiny cowboy boots and a formal western hat!
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Unread 07-15-2013, 09:09 AM   #5
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Can't wait! Formal dances seem so rare. My only hope is that this years dance starts a little earlier, as I don't stay up very late (I don't see why the dance couldn't be longer, it's so popular).

Will there be a music suggestion thread this year?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 11:10 PM   #6
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If all goes well this year the dance should be 3 hours long, but as to start time, A-fest has lots to juggle scheduled wise so we'll have to see when they can fit everything. If you have a Google+ account, A-Fest seems to check their page there most often(if you want to drop them a hint *wink*).
As for music suggestions you could probably post here, or pm me. Were trying to stick with Anime or Video Games.
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Unread 07-25-2013, 01:05 AM   #7
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what day will it be and what time?
the new google+ idea is a little confusing so I don't know what the schedule is.
wanting to figure it out so I can know if I am able to go on that certain day. x]
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Unread 07-25-2013, 02:26 AM   #8
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WE do not have a date or time yet! WE will keep you posted.
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Simon Blackquill - Ace Attorney (100%)
Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth - Ace Attorney (100%)
Tsunami - Tenchi Muyo! (100%)
Luke Skywalker 2.0 (A New Hope) - Star Wars (100%)
Sailor Moon - Sailor Moon (80%)
Princess Serenity - Sailor Moon (Planned)
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Unread 07-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #9
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Most likely it will be on Sat again. We will let everyone know when we do.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #10
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THe first post has been updated with the time, but I'm not sure if we've been given a proper location as of yet!
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Simon Blackquill - Ace Attorney (100%)
Chief Prosecutor Edgeworth - Ace Attorney (100%)
Tsunami - Tenchi Muyo! (100%)
Luke Skywalker 2.0 (A New Hope) - Star Wars (100%)
Sailor Moon - Sailor Moon (80%)
Princess Serenity - Sailor Moon (Planned)
Tuxedo Mask - Sailor Moon (10%)
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Unread 08-26-2013, 01:25 PM   #11
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Sorry, posted my question on the FB page instead! >< Deleted so you don't have to worry about answering twice. Looking forward to this year's dance!
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Unread 08-26-2013, 03:55 PM   #12
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No Converse...what if you're the 10th Doctor?
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Unread 08-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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No Converse...what if you're the 10th Doctor?
Then the Doctor needs to wear dress shoes! :P We have had a few 10's over the year just wear black or brown dress shoes(depending on which suit you wear), but you will be turned away if you wear your trainer's...sorry!
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Unread 08-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #14
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Got a location, Mama Austria! It's Panel room 3. Same place as last year. Enter thru the convention center doors on the ground floor; turn right at registration.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 08:44 PM   #15
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Do you have to have a pass to Afest to go?
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