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Charity Ball

This year's ball theme is "Unkaku" - Resilience so feel free to drift in with winter colors! We will have waltz and swing music to heat up the dance floor. Join us for an evening of formal-wear fun and support Naka-Kon.

The Charity Ball will be held Saturday, May 27th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Ballroom B/C of the Overland Park Convention Center.

Tickets will be $10 per person, and available online only but will be sold all the way up till Saturday! A Naka-Kon membership is required to attend as well.

Please make sure you read the dress code because it will be enforced at the door regardless of ticket. The dress code is described below. Masks are requested not required per our convention's mask policy.

Dance lessons will be provided on Friday and Saturday prior to the ball. Staff dancers will also be present to teach attendees how to dance during the event.

This being said, we encourage you to BYODP (bring your own dance partner) because we will be trying to enforce some distancing and not all attendees will want to dance with others! If you do not want to dance with others let the person who checks you in know and they can give you a bracelet to signify this.

Tickets will not be sold on-site and must be purchased online.

Bring your Eventbrite confirmation/ticket for admission. You may bring a printed copy or a digital copy saved on your smartphone or other devices. The check-in table will be located outside the entrance of Ballroom A, and an exclusive pin will be provided to participants.

Charity Ball Dress Code

For the Charity Ball, we encourage your cosplays and cross-plays! However, they must still follow the Naka-Kon and charity ball dress codes. (Remember that the dress code is gender-neutral.)

Examples of appropriate formal wear include ball gowns, tuxedos or suits, military dress uniforms, formal cultural attire, and historical costumes. Please wear the appropriate shoes for your outfit.

  1. All attendees must abide by the general dress code of Naka-Kon.
  2. Appropriate formal attire includes (but is not limited to)
    • Dresses, gowns, kimonos, Hanfu, saris, suits, tuxedos, kilts, etc.
  3. Shoes must be appropriately formal and worn at all times.
    • This includes: Dress shoes, oxfords, high heels, shined boots, dance slippers, etc.
    • This excludes: ​Sneakers, Converse shoes, dirty boots, work boots, tactical boots, sandles, flip-flops, bare feet, etc. (even if it is accurate for your character).
    • Exceptions are allowed on a medical case by case basis. Please email charity@naka-kon.com if you have further questions
  4. Dresses, skirts, kilts, etc., are to be no shorter than knee length.
  5. No bare midriffs allowed.
  6. Leather, latex and fur may be used as accents on clothing, but must not make up your main outfit.
  7. Please no outside glow or light-up (blinking) accessories.
    • This does not include your dress itself SO LONG AS it is not a health risk to another attendee and or a major distraction. We reserve the right to ask you to turn it off if it does become a problem
  8. No mascot outfits, fursuits, wings, weapons, or anything else that can interfere with dancing. If it can not stick to your body then it is not allowed.
  9. The area covering the chest and skirt (between the hips and the knee) cannot be made of sheer or transparent material. Undergarments must not be seen.

If you have questions please email Charity@Naka-kon.com

Formal Ball Highlights

Photo Op: There will be an awesome backdrop provided for you to take a picture by yourself or with friends. Please provide your own camera for the photo so you have the memory with you always. We will have a staffer to help assist in this area.

Dance Performance: Harrison and his dance partner from the Ballroom Kc  will be performing a dance routine to show how good you can get with practice.

Dance Cards: Each attendee will be given a dance card upon entering the ball along with their pin. In each of these dance cards there will be various descriptions (such as, “Dance with someone wearing green"  or “Complete an inside turn”). From there, the attendee can find someone matching that description and ask them to dance with them. Following the dance, the attendee you danced with can mark out that portion of their dance card with their name or initials. Once the card is filled with signatures from a different dancer for each task, turn your card in (with your name on it) for the drawing to be honored as the ball’s royal court. This will include a King (Ou), Queen (Jouou), Prince (Ouji), and Princess (Hime). The royal court will be presented with prizes and be asked to lead a dance at the end of the ball. These winners must remember to give us their information for their prizes.

Rose Exchange: During the ball orange  roses will be given at random to attendees at the ball. Each person then is asked to present that rose to someone they did not know prior to attending the ball. During this exchange it is asked that no one person is to receive more than one rose as it would be unfair. The purpose of this is solely to help encourage people to mingle during the ball.

Staff Dancers: There will be staff members at the ball whose purpose is to dance with attendees. They will each be wearing the same style of buttoner and be introduced at the beginning of the ball to help attendees identify who they are. Should they be asked to dance they will say yes, so there is no fear of being turned down. Likewise, they may ask attendees to dance. It is up to the discretion of the attendee, however, as to whether or not they agree to the dance. The staff will also be able to teach others basic dance steps during the ball if they wish to learn.

Staff dancers demonstrating