Formal Ball: The Spirit Charity Ball
Feel the need to unwind after an event filled day at Anime Boston? Then why not spend the evening dressed to the nines swaying to your favorite anime and video game music! Come join us for a sophisticated evening of elegance and atmosphere at Anime Boston's Spirit Ball.
This year we are proud to announce that the Spirit Ball will take place in a haunted castle (well, maybe not confirmed to be haunted), the Boston Park Plaza Castle, on Saturday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.
The venue, located at 130 Columbus Avenue, is a short walk from the Hynes Convention Center. Shuttle busses will also be available throughout the event in front of the Sheraton hotel, starting at 5:30 PM.
A beginner's ballroom dance class is planned earlier on Saturday for those of you who would like to learn a few moves, meet potential dance partners, or just brush up on your technique. Check the convention schedule for exact time and location.
The Spirit Charity Ball will be a limited capacity and ticketed event. Anyone who wishes to attend will need to sign up for a ticket beforehand. Tickets cost $4 and all proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as part of Anime Boston's commitment to charity. Half of the tickets are available online, and the remainder will be made available at the convention.
At-con tickets will go on sale the afternoon of Saturday, May 25th. Please check Con Chowdah for time and location. Attendees will only be allowed to line up a maximum of 30 minutes before ticketing opens. Each person in line will only be able to request one ticket, and must present their Anime Boston badge.
Note: All those with tickets need to wear proper attire to the Ball, those with tickets but without formal clothing will be denied admittance.
Our Charity Ball, unlike its other dance counterpart, is a formal event. The dress code is Black Tie "invited". This means that attendees are encouraged to wear gowns and tuxedos, although semi-formal attire is acceptable. Cosplay is welcome, but must fit in with the formality of the occasion.
Whether you decide to come as Princess Serenity or in your best kimono, you must dress in a manner befitting the occasion. Although ball gowns and tuxedos are encouraged, a minimum of semi-formal attire is strictly enforced. Informal clothing such as T-shirts, jeans, sandals, sneakers, flip-flops, boots, platforms, flannel, etc. will not be permitted. Anime Boston staff, at their own discretion, reserve the right to refuse admittance to attendees deemed inappropriately dressed.
Formal Western Attire (Female)
Those dressing in female formal wear (regardless of his/her own gender) should wear at least semi-formal level dresses and appropriate dress shoes such as heels or dress flats. Sneakers, boots, or sandals will not be allowed. Dress hems should be at least knee length and individuals should avoid non-formal fabrics such as denim, leather and vinyl. While cotton is allowed, more formal fabrics such as satin or chiffon are encouraged. Those who do not wish to wear a dress may come dressed in a woman's pant suit.
Formal Western Attire (Male)
Those wearing male attire (regardless of his/her own gender) should be neatly dressed in at minimum a button down shirt, slacks, dark colored jacket or blazer and tie. Suits and tuxedos are encouraged. Individuals should wear formal shoes such as dress shoes or loafers. Sneakers, boots or platforms shoes will not be allowed.
Formal Eastern Attire
Those wearing formal attire from Japan or other eastern countries should be clothed neatly and in full attire. For male clothing this means the full Haori-Hakama, for female clothing a formal Kimono such as the Furisode or Kurotomesode.
Not sure which is which? These examples may help you:
- Formal Kimono: Aoi Sakuraba's kimono from Ai Yori Aoshi, Ukitake Juushiro's captains uniform from Bleach
- Informal: Ichigo's kimono from Bleach, Katara's "Kimono" from Avatar
Those dressed in formal Japanese clothing may wear zori sandals with tabi socks for footwear. Geta sandals are difficult to dance in and thus not recommended. All other forms of sandals are not suitable for this event.
Formal Cosplay Attire
Cosplayers are certainly welcome at the ball! However we ask you to please remember that it is a formal dance event first and foremost, and the dress code must still be adhered to. Cosplay for men and women should resemble formal wear of the non-costume variety. For example: long gowns, formal military attire, etc. School uniforms, armor, chains, and excessive belts are all considered informal. Large props, wings, weapons, or anything that impairs your field of vision will not be allowed in the event as they are an impediment on the dance floor and may be broken or harm others. Anime Boston staff reserves the right to ask for the removal of costume portions or props that are problematic.
For inspiration on formalizing your cosplay, please check out the Formal Ball Guide.