Zenkaikon Anime Convention, Lancaster, PA

April 25-27, 2014, Lancaster County Convention Center

Cosplay Ball

Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance. The Sakura Cosplay Ball is Zenkaikon's formal dance event taking place on Friday evening of the convention.

As with any formal event, there is a dress code and some expected decorum, and since this event's main feature is music and dance, attendees should be sure to wear an outfit they can move comfortably in. Although the dress code will allow admittance to the Sakura Cosplay Ball, not all forms of dress are appropriate for dancing. For dancing, attendees' attire should allow them a large degree of movement and attendees should not wear cosplay/costume pieces or shoes that can easily come off. No props will be allowed on the dance floor. Actual cosplay is not required, but the dress code must still be adhered to.

Musical stylings for the Ball will be provided by Trifecta, Ft. Jesse James Felice and violinist Johnny Benson. Read more about them on the Trifecta guest page.

Prior to the Ball, dance instruction will be provided by Diana Hong. Formal dress is not required for this instructional event.

Diana Hong is a ballroom dance teacher from Paoli, PA, who teaches at the Upper Main Line YMCA and has taught at the Katsucon anime convention from 2013-2014. She owned Dance Muse Studio in King of Prussia, PA from 2009-2012; prior to that, she was an active competitor in the Arthur Murray circuit, winning Bronze level awards in that category in 2008. A rabid manga and anime fan, Diana likes shoujo and josei genres, usually with a school life or fantasy twist.

She can be reached by email at diana.di.hong@gmail.com.

Zenkaikon Staff have the final say whether an outfit is appropriate for the ball. If attire is deemed inappropriate, admittance to the Cosplay Ball will be denied.

Dress Code

Allowed Female Attire

  • Formal Cosplays/Costumes (see examples below)
  • Prom Dresses *
  • Formal Gowns*
  • Lolita (EGL/EGA)*
  • Cocktail Dresses*
  • Formal Separates
  • Kimonos and Cheongsams
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Formal Medieval/Rennaissance/Period Dresses

          *All dresses/skirts should be approximately at knee length or longer.

Allowed Male Attire

  • Formal Cosplays/Costumes (see examples below)
  • Suits
  • Tuxedos
  • Ōji Lolita
  • Kimonos
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
  • Formal Medieval/Rennaissance/Period Attire
  • At the least, a dress shirt, tie, and slacks

Appropriate Footwear

  • Heels
  • Dress Flats
  • Formal and Period Boots
  • Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
  • Men's Dress Shoes

In general, clothing should be modest, not skin tight, and not reveal a large amount of skin. It should also not drag on the floor with a long train. Think of what a person or character might wear to a prom, or other formal event like a wedding. Crossplay is welcome as long as the attire is appropriate for the character portrayed.

Props will be limited to those that enhance the atmosphere – items such as top hats, canes, and hand fans.

Not Allowed

  • Formal Wear that drags on the floor (i.e., long trains, ribbons, etc)
  • Wings, armor, or other attachments that extend off the body
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Fishnets
  • Clothing with Chains, Straps, and Buckles
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts
  • Cut-off or shredded clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and Flip Flops
  • Boots with heavy straps and studs that are not formal in nature (i.e., Doc Martens and biker)
  • Props such as, but not limited to, swords, axes, and sporting equipment
  • Other casual attire








Outfits like these two above would be fine as long as the bustle does not drag on the floor (Ciel) and without the sword (Zelda).

Not Allowed



If, after reading the above, if you have any questions about the appropriateness of what to wear, please use the contact form and select “Cosplay” as the category.