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Formal Dance

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Don your finest and come enjoy an enchanting evening at Anime Matsuri as you dance to formal music featured in anime and video games. Join us at the Beginner’s Formal Dance Panel, which will be hosted earlier that afternoon, to learn some basic dance steps or brush up on your skills. Be sure to check if your outfit is against the dress code, so you can show off your elegant attire or formal cosplay with no worries. Feel free to direct any questions, suggestions, or comments toward the Facebook Event Page.

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Details to follow! Check back soon!

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Dress Code

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Please read the Elaborated Dress Code here!

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Attendees are invited to direct any questions regarding the dress code to the Formal Dance Facebook page. Additionally, you can check the formality of your outfit by either posting a picture on the page or sending a private message to one of the event hosts. It’s better to take the time and check beforehand than risk being turned away at the door.

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  • Attire must be generally formal. This is not a standard randomly made up by us; it’s an actual term to describe a dress code. Technically this dress code isn’t even semi-formal level. If you’re interested, here’s the wiki article on Formal wear.
  • All attire must be clean and well-kept.
  • Masks are not required, but are certainly acceptable.
  • No rave/dance party attire or pretty much anything with flashing lights will be accepted.
  • No bare midriffs or chests. Formal strapless dresses are acceptable.
  • Dresses must be of a formal nature. Casual dresses such as cotton sundresses will not be accepted.
  • All skirts must be at least fingertip length when you are standing. This does not include sheer materials. Slits may be higher than this, but please be mindful of the family-friendly environment. This rule will be strictly enforced. If you have any doubt that your skirt fits this rule, please consider wearing another dress.
  • No bare midriffs.
  • Those dressed in traditional male attire must wear at least a formal, button-up shirt and dress slacks.
  • No jeans, t-shirts, denim of any color, plaid flannel shirts, or polo shirts will be accepted.
  • Sleeves of dress shirts must be full length. Short sleeved dress shirts will not be allowed.
  • Ties are strongly encouraged but not required.
  • Non-Western dress is acceptable only if it is considered formal within the given culture. For example, a silk kimono would be acceptable, but a cotton yukata would not. Footwear that is otherwise banned within the dress code, such as Zōri, is only acceptable within a cultural context. Please do not attempt to wear sandals with a suit.
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  • Shoes must be formal. Shoes are always the area that has the most trouble, so please double-check your footwear.
  • No bare feet, flip-flops, tennis shoes, platform boots, combat boots, hiking boots, crocs, etc.
  • Converse and black tennis shoes will NOT be accepted, as they are not formal.
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  • Cosplay is welcome, but the costume must be of a formal nature. Some costumes are inherently formal, such as Princess Zelda, but an original outfit could also be constructed for a character, such as a formal version of Edward Elric (in a suit perhaps). If a cosplay is not explicitly formal, it’s best to check before hand to make sure it will be accepted. Cosplay is difficult to pin down in terms of formality, so it’s better to be safe rather than being turned away at the door.
  • Although we enjoy and appreciate when attendees dress to fit the theme of the dance, we urge caution this year in dressing as Alice, as some of her depictions, such as in Madness Returns, would not be considered acceptably formal.
  • No over-sized costumes, such as big armor or wings. These can be hazardous on the dance-floor.
  • Please leave props and weapons elsewhere. We won’t have a place to store them, and you’ll want your hands to be free for dancing!
  • Maid outfits are not acceptable.
  • Lolita will be accepted only if it is of a formal style, and fits the dress code. Determining the formality of a Lolita outfit is often difficult, so please be certain that your outfit meets the dress code.
  • “Dandy style” shorts, worn with an appropriate outfit, will be acceptable only if they are at least fingertip length while standing. In addition, this style of shorts must be accompanied by opaque stockings that extend to or past the wearer’s knees.
  • Formal military uniforms are welcomed.
  • Staff at the door will have the final say in what will be accepted.
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  • Princess Dresses
  • Suits/Tuxedos
  • Formal Steampunk
  • Military Dress Uniforms
  • Rules are subject to change