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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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3rd Annual Semi-Formal Ball sponsored by the TMCC

Hello everyone! The Texas Metroplex Cosplay Coalition is going to be holding a semi-formal ball at AFest again this year. We ironed out a lot of the bugs last year and we're aiming to do an even better job this year!

EDIT: The ball is scheduled for Saturday night from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Dress Code 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.

~ Shorts will only be allowed as part of a costume provided the entire outfit meets all of the rules outlined here. This includes length, material, and dressiness (knee-length, not denim, formal cosplay)

~ Nothing shorter than knee-length. This includes shorts and skirts.

~ No 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

~ 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. Open shirts may be acceptable depending on the rest of the outfit.

Suggestions for acceptable attire:

~ EGL/Aristocrat/Dandy fashion (skirts must be knee-length or longer)
~ Suits
~ Military dress uniforms
~ Ballgowns and princess dresses
~ Historical costume (Civil War, Medieval, Victorian, etc) as long as it fits the dress code

We will have a webpage linked up here soon with examples of appropriate dress for the dance. Please watch this space.

Music

We will be playing danceable, ballroom-appropriate music from anime and video games. Dance types will include waltz, swing, tango, slow dance, and perhaps a few others. Waltz for the Moon is a definite!

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Please post in this thread if you have any questions about the dress code or the dance in general. Hope to see you there!

*Please note that we're not in any way associated with the A-kon masquerade.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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......my heroes. *bows* Real ballroom dance music FTW.

*goes off to teach her boyfriend how to waltz*
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Unread 06-16-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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yay!!! I can't wait ^0^

Here are some suggestions I thought would be great; if you guys don't mind :3
Some of them do have lyrics though ^0^

Cantarella from Kaito and Miku Hatsune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpcn3LMdt-E

Instrumental version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B5e_YrTqHM

Diabolic Waltz from Kuroshitsuji
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzdTt...=PmXsMy gPE54

Still Doll from Vampire Knight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZVxFc_aIVM
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Tango/Swing style of music

Gokudera's theme from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!! (yes it's very Tango XDD )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-JY0AEzJDQ

Pierrot-Yuuyami Suicide (Yes, I know it's a J-rock band, but the style is very swing/jazz like)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-jeKcKYtXA
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Unread 06-16-2010, 09:54 PM   #4
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My favorite part of the convention, by far. How often does one get to go to a masquerade? I look forward to tripping all over you guys again.

Any chance it could be a little more broad and include some classical/slow dance music that doesn't necessarily originate from anime or video games?
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Unread 06-17-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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The Vampire Knight OST has some great ballroom music. Here are a few links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WCNW...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG3Hb...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SJZe...eature=related

My main concern is that a *lot* of the music last year was very pretty and intrumental, but not danceable.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:51 AM   #6
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We're definitely going to be revising the playlist of songs for this year. That said, if there's anything you'd like to hear, please suggest it in this thread and the committee will take a look at it.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 10:26 PM   #7
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I would heartily recommend the following:

"Face to Face" by Siouxsie and the Banshees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_neOGeee9k
"Devil's Waltz" featured in the Primal game soundtrack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhyCFzFDRgY
"La Valse d'Amelie" from the Amelie movie soundtrack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD3WwM6l1J0
"Chairman's Waltz" by John Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT1-Uo5eUJk
"The Ice Dance" by Danny Elfman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ9-kTrCAuE
"Sally's Song (instrumental)" by Danny Elfman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7aJRHF7Rc8
"Milk" by Garbage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DI5MuRF0Tk
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Unread 06-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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I am so excited for this! I couldn't attend the formal ball at a-kon because my boyfriend doesn't have a a jacket for a suit, but I can definitely go to this! Now I just need to learn how to dance. <_<;

It's Only the Fairy Tale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr3j69mQatA (Instrumental)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKT8Y0oejJo (Vocalized)
Not entirely sure if it works, but it is a good slow dance song
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Can I wear ballet dance shoes? The flat kind? Cause I can't dance in most other shoes to these styles.... Heels and swing... not a good idea with me...
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Unread 06-20-2010, 02:05 AM   #10
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@Korat-Ballet dance shoes are totally appropriate for this!
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Maybe I'll actually go to this ball this year. Are dressy flip-flop style shoes acceptable? They're not every day flip-flops, they're gold with a buckle and a little heel.
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@ThakYuki-can you post a picture? If they've got a heel then I think there ok-more like dress shoes than flip-flops.
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Heh, I'm glad to see one of these that is NOT a masquerade ball.


...since as someone who's blind as a bat and unable to wear contacts, I can't wear a mask and see anyone around me.
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They're similar to these: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...70921x0 0003c
Just with a lower heel and the straps are a little different, but similar.
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@ThakYuki-Looks great! Those are fine.

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