This year's ball theme is Koyo (leaves of change) so feel free to drift in with autumn colors! 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.
The Charity Ball will be held Saturday, May 28th, 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 only but will be sold all the way up till Saturday! A Naka-Kon membership is required to attend as well.
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 social distancing and not all attendees will want to dance with others!
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.
Proceeds will go to support Naka-Kon recover from the COVID pandemic.
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.
- All attendees must abide by the general dress code of Naka-Kon.
- Appropriate formal attire includes (but is not limited to)
- Dresses, gowns, kimonos, Hanfu, saris, suits, tuxedos, kilts, etc.
- 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 medical case by case basis.
- Dresses, skirts, kilts, etc., are to be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
- No bare midriffs allowed.
- Leather, latex and fur may be used as accents on clothing, but must not make up your main outfit.
- Please no glow stick bracelets or other 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
- No mascot outfits, fursuits, wings, weapons, or anything else that can interfere with dancing.
- 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 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.
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.
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.