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Working with the Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park Convention Center, and the City of Overland Park, it was decided to not hold Naka-Kon 2020 the weekend of March 13-15, 2020.

Due to scheduling constraints, we have decided rather than postpone until later to instead cancel Naka-Kon 2020, and concentrate our efforts on developing Naka-Kon 2021. This decision is based on the information we have regarding logistics and availability of our facilities.

This decision was very difficult to make, but we feel is the best course of action for continuing our mission of providing a quality celebration of Japanese popular culture.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact membership@naka-kon.com.

However, due to the extenuating circumstances presented by the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are waiving our refund policy. We are also providing the option of rolling 2020 Memberships over to the 2021 convention in lieu of a refund. Please complete this form to let us know what you wish to do. If no reply to the form is given by March 27, 2020, then purchased badges will be automatically deferred and valid for Naka-Kon 2021. Badge refunds will start processing shortly but please be aware that due to the number of refunds involved it will likely be a couple weeks before all refunds are processed.

We appreciate your support for Naka-Kon and we will see you in 2021!

Charity Ball

This year's ball theme is Hanabi (fireworks) and it is set to be a blast. We will have waltz and swing (jitterbug) music to heat up the dance floor. Join us for an evening of formal-wear fun and support Naka-kon's charities.

The Charity Ball will be held Saturday, March 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Ballroom A/B of the Overland Park Convention Center.

Tickets will be $10 per person, and available online and at the Event Tickets table in the OPCC Exhibit Hall A. A Naka-Kon membership is required to attend as well.

Please make sure you read the dress code because it will be enforced. The dress code is described below. Masks are not required.

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.

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, saddle shoes, high heels, shined boots, dance slippers, etc.
    • This excludes: ​Sneakers, Converse shoes, dirty boots, work boots, tactical boots, sandles, flip-flops etc. (even if it is accurate for your character).
    • Exceptions are allowed on a case by case basis.
  4. Dresses, skirts, kilts, etc., are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
  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 glow stick bracelets or other light-up (blinking) accessories.
  8. No mascot outfits, fur suits, wings, weapons, or anything else that can interfere with dancing.
  9. The area covering the chest and skirt (between the hips and at least 3 inches above the knee) cannot be made of sheer or transparent material. Undergarments must not be seen.

If you have questions please email KonEvents@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.

Dance Performance: Harrison and his dance partner from the Overland Park Ballroom 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. In each of these dance cards there will be various descriptions (such as, “Dance with someone wearing a flower boutonniere” 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 unique dancers 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.

Rose Exchange: During the ball yellow 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 to basic dance steps during the ball if they wish to learn.

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