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Big Event Showcase / Playlist for the 2012 Black and White Ball
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:30:49 PM »
Hello everyone,

So there were some interests in the songs that were played at the Black and White Ball this year so I am posting up the playlist here.  Please remember that the playlist is usually set a month or so before the Ball to give staff time to edit and even out sound if needed.  If you would like to make requests for 2013 you can do so at the following thread http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16594.0.html.  Thanks!

Artist; Song; Dance

1. Hollywood Movie Strings; Blue Roses (from The Glass Menagerie); Waltz
2. Trio Los Panchos; Se Llama Fujiyama; Rumba
3. Soulhead; Step to the New World; West Coast Swing
4. Chaka; Ashita e no Melody; Hustle
5. DBSK; Holding Back the Tears; Nightclub Two Step
6. Mosaki, Osamil; Dream Believer (Prince of Tennis); East Coast Swing
7. Kyappu to Bin; Ometto Samba (Prince of Tennis); Samba
8. Hollywood Movie Strings; Miss Moorhead's Tango; American Tango
9. The Three Cats; Hong Kong Cha Cha; Cha Cha
10. Chica Boom; Yuku Sadness Stole Two Waves; Salsa
11. Caillat, Colbie; Kiss the Girl; Rumba
12. Jones, Norah; Come Away with Me; Waltz
13. Duwende; Remember the Time; West Coast Swing
14. Kobayashi, Akira; Akira de Bossa Nova; Merengue
15. Goulet, Robert; You've Got a Friend in Me; Foxtrot
16. Taeyang; I'll Be There; Hustle
17. Hamasaki, Ayumi; Walking Proud; Nightclub Two Step
18. Matsumoto, Iyo; Boyfriend A Go Go; East Coast Swing
19. Orquestra de la Luzl Salsa Es Me Energia; Salsa
20. Electro Dub Tango; La Bohemia; Argentine Tango
21. Puffy AmiYumi; Don't Bring Me Down; West Coast Swing
22. Wakeshima, Kanon; Kuroneko to Pianist no Tango; American Tango
23. Yukimura, Izumi; Mambo Italiano; Cha Cha
24. Sugawara, Yoichi; I Really Don't Want to Know; Waltz
25. 4 to the Bar; Make Me Sweat; Rumba
26. Alisa Yuriko; Everlasting Love; East Coast Swing
27. MissTer; Super Lover; Hustle
28. W-inds; Be As One; Nightclub Two Step
29. Izumi Yukimura; Ain't Cha Cha Coming Out T-Tonight; Salsa
30. Dreams Come True; Ikitai No Wa Mountain Mountain; Foxtrot
31. Casa Musica; The Inner Light; Waltz (Mixer)
32. Casa Musica; Ilia's Theme (Star Trek); Waltz (Mixer)
33. Spirited Away; Chihiro no Waltz; Waltz (Mixer)
34. Crystal Kay; Candy; West Coast Swing
35. Lehrer, Tom; Masochism Tango; American Tango
36. Belafonte, Harry; Jump in the Line; Merengue
37. Se7en; Better Together; Hustle
38. Gotye; Somebody That I Used to Know; Rumba
39. Hyuna ft Joon Hyung; Change; West Coast Swing
40. Arashi; Love Station; Cha Cha
41. Chelo; Cha Cha; Samba
42. Gotan Project; Diferente; Argentine Tango
43. Orquestra De La Luz; Super Mario Brothers; Salsa
44. Koumi, Hirose; Groovy!; West Coast Swing
45. Ito, Yuna, Love is Groovy Groovy; Merengue
46. Anuhea; Crown Royal; Nightclub Two Step
47. Home Made Kazoku; Shall We Burei!; East Coast Swing
48. Us3; Cantaloop; Cha Cha
49. Anka, Paul; Heaven; Foxtrot
50. Wheesung; Insomnia; Hustle
51. Koda Kumi and Soulhead; D.D.D.; West Coast Swing
52. Hollywood Movie Strings; Opening The from The Great Mouse Detective; Tango
53. Stevie Wonder; Sunshine of My Life; Rumba
54. Malice Mizer; Brise; East Coast Swing (Mixer)
55. Swing Girls; In the Mood; East Coast Swing (Mixer)
56. Swing Girls; Sing Sing Sing; East Coast Swing (Mixer)
57. Makashima, Kiko; Oborozukio Inori; Waltz
58. FictionJunction Yuuka - Aikoi (Tsubasa Chronicle); Cha Cha
59. Tsukiyo Koi Kaze; The Moon's Night Wind of Love; Rumba
60. Kaito Hatsune, Miku; Cantarella; Tango
61. Yoko; Empezo la Fiesta; Salsa
62. DBSK; Stand By You; Nightclub Two Step
63. Suguru. Matsutani; Bolero Variation I; Waltz
64. Jessie J; Domino; West Coast Swing
65. Ikimono-Gakai; Miso Soup; East Coast Swing
66. Sister Mayo; Love Tropicana; Hustle
67. Uematsu, Nobuo & Los Mambo Panchos; Mabo de Chocobo; Cha Cha
68. Sinatra, Frank; My Kind of Town; Foxtrot
69. Portuondo, Omara; Killing Me Softly; Rumba
70. Muraki, Kaori and New Japan Philharmonic; Tango en Skai; American Tango
71. The Gospellers; Towa Ni; Nightclub Two Step
72. Orquestra De la Luz; Acaba Ya; Salsa
73. Soulhead; You Can Do That; West Coast Swing
74. Clara C; Offbeat; Foxtrot
75. Dreams Come True; Kessen Wa Kinyoubi; Cha Cha
76. 102 Strings; Jiyuu No Daichi; Waltz
77. Itokibo; Into the Sky; East Coast Swing
78. Soulhead; Get Up; Hustle
79. Yoko; Este Ritmo Original; Salsa
80. Crystal Kay; Kataomoi; West Coast Swing
81. Ono, Lisa; Besame Mucho; Rumba
82. Kyoko; Katamrity; East Coast Swing
83. Kim Jaejoong; Protect You; Nightclub Two Step
84. El Desquite; Gallo Ciego; Argentine Tango
85. G-Dragon; This Love, Cha Cha
86. Fitzgerald, Ella; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; Foxtrot
87. JLS; Teach Me How To Dance; Hustle
88. Okubo, Hiroshi; Baby Universe; East Coast Swing
89. Family Computer; Medley of Super Mario Brothers; Salsa
90. Melvin, Harold and the Blue Notes; If You Don't Know Me By Now; Waltz
91. Ishii, Akemi; Cha Cha Cha; Cha Cha
92. Chemistry; A Better Tomorrow; Nightclub Two Step
93. Malice Mizer; Gekka no Yasoukyoku; American Tango
94. Haida, Katsuhiko; Eien no Tsukikage; Rumba
95. Shakira; Waka Waka; Merengue
96. Rodolfo Guerra Y Su Sincopata Latina; Mueve El Cuerpo; Cha Cha
97. Michael Franti & Spearhead; Say Hey; Samba
98. Se7en; Run; West Coast Swing
99. Manuel & the Music of the Mountains; Sunshine Secret; Waltz
100. Mario Party 3; Spiny Desert; Salsa
101. Trio de los Hermanos Moreno; Se Llama Fujiyama; Rumba
102. The Peanuts; Chakkiri Cha Cha Cha; Cha Cha
103. Ros, Edmundo; La Cumparsita; American Tango
104. Lemar; Me U & The Music; Hustle
105. Conte, Steve; Call Me Call Me; Nightclub Two Step
106. L'Arc en Ciel; It's The End; East Coast Swing
107. Fun; We Are Young; End Theme

Big Event Showcase / 2012 FAQ for Black and White Ball (BWBall)
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:30:53 AM »
The FanimeCon Black & White Ball FAQ

This FAQ is subject to change.  The most recent information will come from a member of the Black & White Ball at the events handled by the Ball, such as classes, the Ball, or Stage Zero demos.  The purpose of this FAQ is to address questions that have come up over the last three years of the Ball’s existence, that are not necessarily stated anywhere else.  While this FAQ may address information that has been posted formally (i.e. Dress Code, instructional videos, responses by Ball members on any message board) it is intended to be a clarification rather than a substitute.  Please address feedback to the FAQ as a response to the FAQ where posted, or as an email to the Ball at bwball@fanime.com.

What is the Black & White Ball?
The FanimeCon Black & White Ball is a semi-formal dance offered by the Extravaganzas Department of FanimeCon that takes place on Sunday night for all registered attendees.  As of 2012, the Ball and its associated dance lessons are being held in both The J Ballroom in the San Jose Convention Center as well as Parkside Hall, please check the fanime.com website and your guide at FanimeCon for more details. 

What do I need to know about partner dancing?
Glad you asked.  We prefer that you follow normal dance etiquette:
1)    Feel free to ask a partner.  Feel free to turn down a partner, but if you decline, please do not ask for or accept a dance for the duration of the song that is playing.
2)   Look where you’re going.  Look where you’re going.  Look where you’re going.  You probably will not like getting stepped on or run into.  Apologize if you do it.
3)   Follow the line of dance if a travelling dance such as waltz or foxtrot is played.  Stand in the middle of the floor, point your finger at the edge of the floor, and turn your body to the left.  Line of dance is the path your finger traces along the edge of the floor.  Please dance as close to the edge of the floor as you can.
4)   If you are doing a dance that does not travel (i.e. swing) to a song marked as a travel dance (i.. waltz) please dance closer to the center of the floor so as to allow waltzers to move around the outside of the floor.
5)   Please get off the floor if you are not dancing. 

A dress code is enforced as a condition of entry to the Ball.  The code can be found on the main Black & White Ball event webpage linked in the main FanimeCon portal.

Why is a dress code necessary?
Among other things, the Ball was envisioned to be a dance that had slightly more structure to allow it to be friendly to families.  The use of a dress code supports that idea.  Other considerations include cleaner music (i.e. no profanity) and having the members of the Ball roam around the floor available for dances, and to break up individual dances.  This is of course in addition to normal Con etiquette such as civility to fellow Congoers, good personal hygiene and being aware of your surroundings.
The dress code is also there to promote safety.  We restrict shoes to dressy type and with certain types of heels.  We also do not want the floor to be marked up by the soles of shoes.   Please scrape the pavement with the soles of your shoes to check if you’re not sure if it’ll leave a mark.  For those who are dressing as gentlemen, we prefer that you try to find at least a leather dressy looking shoe.  The leather loafer style of shoe (i.e. Toms) are acceptable, but leather sneakers are iffy depending on how it’s styled.   Canvas shoes and other materials are not encouraged.

Why are individual dances broken up?   
The Ball was envisioned also to promote partner dancing.  We offer 24 hours of instruction during the convention for that purpose in a wide variety of styles.  We have gone to the expense of providing a real dance floor that is used at ballroom and swing dance competitions.  We offer semi-private lessons Friday and Saturday evenings for those people who don’t have time during the day to take lessons, or prefer a little more concentrated instruction.  We avail you the opportunity to learn about partner dancing and provide an experience comparable to what you would find at conventions devoted to partner dancing.  While we regret discouraging your full creative expression, bear in mind that your actions on the floor interfere with those people who are willing to put in the time and effort to learn and dance.  There are other dances at the FanimeCon that can accommodate your likes.  Please feel free to release your inhibitions at them.

Who are the members of the Ball?
We are a group of people who teach a variety of styles of partner dancing.  Some of us are students learning, or fully involved in dance, some are hobbyists, some who teach dance for a living, some who compete at dance competitions.  Since we are diverse in appearance and expression, we have taken to wearing teal armbands while participating at the Con to identify ourselves.

Count on a friendly tap on the shoulder and someone in an armband saying to you “Please don’t do that.” or "Would you like to dance?" depending on the situation.

Can I request specific music at the Ball?  If not where can I make my request?
Let’s break this up into a couple of parts:
Requests can be posted in the appropriate thread on the FanimeCon forums, where our music people can take a look at it, and give it a go/no on inclusion into the playlist.  We have the final say in all music requests.  Requests cannot be taken at the Con.  The reason why is because we display slides that show the name of the song and the type of dances that can be done to it because we encourage partner dancing.  Slides have to be done before the Con.
As for your genre, we try to pick out songs that we can actually partner dance to.  We have provided two years worth of playlists on the FanimeCon forums.  If you take a look at them you will notice a wide range of genres from Asian Pop to 8-bit game music themes.  What we look for overall is a readily distinguishable beat, melody characteristics for the styles of dance we have in mind, and a speed suitable to dancing by novice dancers; with a couple of advanced dance suitable songs for those of us who want to try it.  Something like dubstep at the current time may not be suitable while some house songs may be tailor made for some dances like hustle.

What if I do not like the music that was played at the Ball?
We regret that your enjoyment of the Ball was severely hampered by the overrepresentation of a certain genre/artist/instrument in the playlist.  We try for diversity and danceability.  The playlist is reviewed by all the members of the Black & White Ball for repetition and possible boredom.  Bear in mind that the playlist has to cover 17 different styles of dance, some of which are mutually exclusive in regards to other styles concerning music.  It is also entirely possible that you caught the portion of the playlist that covered a subsection of dance that you may not have liked.  If you do have feedback about the playlist, please post it in the FanimeCon Forums; please be as specific as you can in regards to music so that we can fix it for the next year.

If I have a comment or concern how do I get in touch with someone in charge?
Our apologies for your unpleasant experiences at the Ball – we put forth a lot of effort throughout the year to optimize the Ball experience.  The primary Point of Contact is the head of the Black & White Ball, who will draw attention to himself during Stage Zero, the classes, and the Ball itself.  Feel free to come up and chat.  Please be respectful.  Please be calm and describe what happened and why you didn’t like it.  If you couldn’t put your finger on it till after the Ball, please feel free to post on the FanimeCon forums; and the Facebook group in the appropriate feedback thread.  If you feel a little more discretion is required, post a note stating that you prefer privacy and we’ll accommodate you.

Hello everyone,

So I am just starting this thread early for next year's Black and White Ball.  I know it is only summer time and FanimeCon 2011 was only 3 months, but why not get an early start for next year.  I have received some feedback that not all the songs this year fit everyone's thoughts on what should be played at a Black and White Ball.  So here is your chance to provide input on what songs you would like to see in the playlist.  If you have not seen it yet, you can view the playlist from 2011 and 2010 here http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,16384.0.html

Here are some things you should know about the playlist.  The playlist is usually compiled from suggestions we receive through the forums, social media outlets, and word of mouth.  The Black and White Ball staff then take the suggestions and see if it has a steady beat to dance to and if it fits with the type of dances for the evening. We understand that not all songs will be liked by everyone, but we do try to get a mix in there to make sure that there is a variety of music.  The staff then has to make sure that the sound is at the right levels, we have to make sure the tempo is right, and we have to cut some of the songs for length.  Due to all of this, we have to have the playlist done early (before the month of May usually) and this prevents us from taking requests at The Black and White Ball.  Also, judging from last year, there was a big push of requests in the couple of weeks leading up to the BWBall, but we could not accommodate some of those songs because it was so close to the event.  So get your requests in early.

So with that said, this is your chance to give your input on what you would like to hear at the Black and White Ball.  Please remember that even though you make a request, the Black and White Ball staff will have the final say of what goes on the playlist.  If you really feel strongly about a song, say so and provide support for it.  We are looking for all types of music from pop, jpop, anime, video game, etc...  So don't be afraid to offer up suggestions.  It also helps if you can link a video or audio clip of the song with your requests but it is not required.  You can also email us with your requests at bwball@fanime.com.  We look forward to hearing your requests. Thanks!

- Jim

*UPDATE* With FanimeCon only a couple of months away, BWBall is getting our playlist together. Please keep in mind that we are not able to take requests directly at Black and White Ball so all requests need to be done before hand through this forum.  There was some concern over music choices last year so if you have any suggestions or requests, do them here!  We are open to all suggestions.  Due to our editing process we will be closing the request list for 2012 at the end of the first week in April.  Anything submitted after that will be taken into consideration for 2013!  So get those requests in as soon as you can!  Hope to see you all at the 2012 Black and White Ball!

*Reminder* Just a friendly reminder, this week will be the last week to get your requests in for BWBall.  Any songs submitted after April 7th will be considered for the 2013 Black and White Ball.  Again, thank you everyone for your suggestions thus far!  Hope to see everyone at the Black and White Ball on MAy 27th, 2012!!!

Here is the playlist from the 2011 Black & White Ball.  Enjoy!

Title                                                     Artist                                        Dance
Oborozukio Inori                                     Makashima, Kiko                                 Waltz
Walking In The Rain                             Arashi                                         Rumba
Aikotoba                                             Home Made Kazoku                         W.C. Swing
Kiss Me                                             Matsushita, Yuya                         Hustle (3-count)
Kimitte                                             Nishino, Kana                                 Two-Step
Holiday                                             Do As Infinity                                 E.C. Swing
Jounetsu Tairiku(The Continent of Passion) Sexeto Pasion                                 Tango
Feel Good Inc.                                     Gorillaz                                         Cha Cha
Salsa Caliente del Japon                     Orquestra de la Luz                         Salsa
Kokoro                                             Tokyo Jihen                                 Rumba
Cloudy Waltz                                      Honma, Tetsuko                              Waltz
Scar                                                     Rip Slyme                                         Merengue
Eye of the Tiger                                     Anka, Paul                                      Foxtrot
Just Be Friends                                     Mergurine Luka                                 Hustle (4-count)
Asunaro Ginga                                     Peach Girl                                         Two-Step
Maula                                                  El Choclo                                         Argentine Tango
Zoot Suit Riot                                    Cherry Poppin’ Daddies                         E.C. Swing
Spiral   Nakashima,                                  Mika                                                 W.C. Swing
Cuero Sono                                            Orquestra de la Luz                         Salsa
Phantom of the Opera                            Hollywood Movie Strings                 Tango
Another One Bites Da Funk                    Party Ben – Daft Punk v. Queen         Cha Cha,; Hustle (3-count); Merengue
Chiisana Inori                                    Okazaki, Ritsuko                                 Waltz
Yukiyanagi                                            Micro                                         Rumba; W.C. Swing
im ga Iru Kara                                    Sugiwara, Sayuri                                Two-Step
Super Mario Bros.                                    Orquestra de la Luz                         Salsa
Code Monkey                                    Coulton, Jonathan                         E.C. Swing
Black Hole Sun*                                    Anka, Paul                                       Foxtrot
Pink Panther Theme*                            Mancini, Henry                                 Foxtrot
Baby It’s Cold Outside*                            Glee                                                 Foxtrot
Shame                                            Zhane                                         W.C. Swing
The Great Detective                              Mr. Ninzaburo Furuhata                         Tango
Jump In The Line                                    Belafonte, Harry                                 Merengue
Sakura                                                GirlNEWS                                         Hustle (4-count)
Tokimeki No Rumba                            Hikawa, Kiyoshi                                 Rumba
Mambo de Chocobo                            Uematsu, Nobuo & Los Mambo Panchos  Cha Cha
You’ve Got a Friend in Me                    Gipsy Kings                                         Merengue
Kohaku No Waltz                                    P.S.O.                                         Waltz
9 De Julio                                            Tango Andorinha Sextett                 Argentine Tango
Mi Oportunidad                                    Yoko                                                 Salsa
Universe                                            BoA feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL         W.C. Swing, Hustle (3-count)
Battlefield                                            Sparks, Jordan                                 Two-Step
Swing                                                    SMAP                                         E.C. Swing
Forget You                                            Green, Cee Lo                                 Cha Cha
Libertango                                            Snowbro v Grace Jones                 Tango
Bleeding Love                                    Lewis, Leona                                 Rumba
Lonely in Gorgeous                            Tommy                                         Hustle (4-count)
So Long and Thanks for the Fish            Hannon, Neil                                 Foxtrot
Black Diamond                                    Amuro, Namie x DOUBLE                 W.C. Swing, Hustle (3 – count)
Driver’s High*                                    L’Arc en Ciel                                 E.C. Swing
Calling                                            FLOW                                         E.C. Swing
Sakuranbo                                            Otsuka, Ai                                         E.C. Swing
Reprise                                            Hollywood Movie Strings                 Waltz
Short Skirt/Long Jacket                            Cake                                                 Cha Cha
Young Man                                            Saijo, Hideki                                 Hustle (4-count)
Umiyuki                                            JERO                                          Rumba
When You’re Evil                                    Voltaire                                         Tango
Nubes De Sahumerio                            Azuquita                                         Salsa
Gotta Knock a Little Harder                    Yamane, Mai                                 Two-Step
Menchi Aishuu no Borero Kuwasunone    Masuda, Toshiro                                 Waltz
Let it Rock                                            Rudolf, Kevin                                 W.C. Swing
Re:member                                            FLOW                                          E.C. Swing
Bomba Bomba                                    183 Club                                         Cha Cha
I Will Wait for You                            Douglas, Peter                                 Foxtrot
Quando, Quando, Quando                    Buble, Michael and Nelly Furtado         Rumba
Tango The Night                                    Ga-In                                         Tango
Aiaigasa                                            TegoMasu                                         Two-Step
Murasaki                                            Akanishi, Jin                                 Hustle (4-count)
Averiguadas                                    YOKO                                         Salsa
After Love –First Boyfriend-                    Crystal Kay feat. KANAME                 W.C. Swing
Nodame Rhapsody                            Matsutani, Suguru                         Foxtrot
Coward Mont Blanc                            GUMI                                              Cha Cha
The Inner Light                                    Casa Musica                                 Waltz
Every Heart                                     BoA                                                 Two-Step
Taifun                                            Casa Musica                                 Tango
Thriller                                            Steve0526                                         Cha Cha/Hustle
Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody            Louis Prima                                       E.C. Swing
One in a Million                                    Yamashita, Tomohisa                          Hustle (4-count)
Este Ritmo Orignial                            YOKO                                          Salsa
Do or Die                                            Jhett                                                  W.C. Swing
You Know I’m No Good                            Winehouse, Amy   Rumba,                     W.C. Swing
Love Parade                                    Arashi                                          E.C. Swing, Foxtrot
Secrets                                            One Republic                                  Two Step
A Media Luz                                            Orquestra Del Tango De Buenos Aires     Argentine Tango
Long Kiss Goodbye                            HALCALI                                          Cha Cha
Chicago                                            Sinatra, Frank                                   Foxtrot
What is Love                                    Haddaway                                           Hustle (3 Count)
Gee                                                    Shoujo Jidai (Girl's Generation)           E.C. Swing
Tanto Te Ame                                    Orquestra de la Luz                           Salsa
Shiretoko Ryojyo                                    Lei Tei                                           Waltz
Houseki                                            Goto, Maki                                           Hustle (4-Count)
Eternal Love                                    Sugawara, Sayuri                           Two-Step
Kazetachi Tono  Deai                            Ortega, Carlos                                   Tango
Fight The Blues                                    Utada, Hikaru                                   Rumba
Chikara                                            lecca                                           Merengue
Lucky Man                                            Arashi                                           Cha Cha
YOU                                                    Matsushita, Yuya                           W.C. Swing
My Only Love                                    Sailor Moon                                   Two-Step
Wintergarden~Blackpool                    Tetsuko, Honma                                   Waltz
Salsa Y Control                                    Orquestral de la Luz                           Salsa
Animal Magic                                    Kanjani8                                           Rumba
Hot Mess                                            Cobra Starship                                   Cha Cha
Odottarisurukana~Nadoto omoitsutsu    Masuda, Toshiro                                   Tango
ROCK U                                            Ravex                                           Hustle (4-Count)
First Snow                                            Matsushita, Yuya                           Two-Step

Big Event Showcase / 2011 Black & White Ball Feedback
« on: May 31, 2011, 09:55:56 AM »
Hi all,

I know that it is right after a wondering FanimeCon, but I just wanted to see what your thoughts were on this year's Black & White Ball as well as the dance lessons and dance demos that preceded it.  I just want to hear from people how it went, what you may have really liked about it or maybe what didn't work so well.  I will try to respond with my general thoughts later on. Thanks everyone.

- Jim

Hey everyone.  If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a dance instructor for the Black and White Ball in 2011 please let me know.  You can either post here or you can email bwball@fanime.com.  This year's instructors were great and many of them are returning in 2011.  We are looking for more instructors to join this wonderful group and are looking to start things rolling after the holidays.  So if you are interested in teaching or assisting with dance lessons and/or the Black and White Ball, let me know.  Look forward to hearing from you.

- Jim
BWBall Head


I am just taking a poll to see what dances people would like to learn for FanimeCon 2011.  This gives you an opportunity to vote for three (3) of the dances you would like to see taught at FanimeCon for next year.  This way, we can start planning for these dance lessons.  Please do remember though, these classes are going to be geared more toward beginning lessons than intermediate or advanced.  Thanks!

- Jim
BWBall Head 2010

Hello everyone.  The 2010 BWBall went well this year and I just thought I would get an early jumpstart for next year.  If you would like to request a song for next year, please request it on this thread and if at all possible post a link to the song (youtube, imeem, etc.) so we can listen to it.  Even better, include the mp3 or email the song to bwball@fanime.com and we will see if it fits.  This is your chance to let us know what songs you would really like to hear at the BWBall since we do not take requests at the event.  Thanks!

- Jim
BWBall Head 2010

Hi everyone,

I didn't have my camera with me at the Black and White Ball and was wondering if anyone had pictures or videos taken at the 2010 Black and White Ball?  If you do, could you email us the photo or video at bwball@fanime.com or post a link on here if it is ok.  There were some great demonstrations at Stage Zero and at the Black and White Ball and I would like to ask if anyone has any pictures or photos of them, please send them our way.  Thank you!

- Jim
Head of BWBall

Big Event Showcase / Feedback for the 2010 Black and White Ball
« on: May 31, 2010, 11:41:57 AM »
Thank you everyone for coming out to the dance lessons and the Black and White Ball this year.  The staff, instructors, and assistants all had a great time this weekend.  The Black and White Ball reached capacity within an hour of opening the doors and over 2000 people showed up for the 5 hour event!!!  We changed up a few things this year and we were wondering how well they worked and what everyone thought about them.  Everything from the lessons, the demonstrations on stage zero, the Black and White Ball itself, etc.  As everyone knows, Fanime is put on by fans for fans so we really want to know what you think, good or bad.  So let us know what worked and what didn't so we can make 2011 that much better.  Thanks!

- Jim
BWBall Head 2010

*Update* The dress code and dance schedule for The 2010 Black and White Ball is up on the FanimeCon website http://www.fanime.com/events/black-and-white-ball   Almost all the information you would need about BWBall is on the website.  See you at FanimeCon 2010.

Hi everyone!  Fanime is coming up soon and there have been some questions in regards to attire and ettiquette for the Black and White Ball so I thought I would post the information here.

The Black and White Ball will be held on Sunday May 30, 2010 in the evening this year.  The time has yet to be confirmed but the date is solid.   There will be dance lessons again this year, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the Black and White Ball. 

Attire seems to be a big question for people planning to attend the Black and White Ball.  I will try to answer some of that here but if you are still unsure post what your outfit may look like in the forums or email bwball@fanime.com and I will let you know if it is acceptable attire or not. 
- For the dance lessons, casual attire is fine.  You are not required to dress up for dance lessons.   However, everyone is required to be wearing shoes of some sort for the dance lessons.  No one will be allowed to attend class barefoot.  Safety issue and all.

- For the Black and White Ball
- Things that are not allowed - Sneakers, flip flops, sandals, shoes without a backing to hold them on your feet, jeans, shorts, any skirt that is higher than 3 inches from the knees, swimwear, tube tops, and t-shirts.
- Things that are allowed - dress shoes, open toed shoes with a backing on them, slacks, khakis, skirts that are 3 inches higher than the knees or lower, blouse, long sleeve button up shirt, short sleeve button up shirt, ties, jackets.

There will be people at the door checking clothing and attire.  Word of advice for anyone who is planning to attend, it does tend to get a bit crowded and we will not have a coat check, so please try not to bring too many things as there will be no place to store your belongs.   

That is it for now.  Stay tuned for more updates and happenings with the Black and White Ball.  If you have any questions, email bwball@fanime.com

- Jim
BWBall Head 2010

Big Event Showcase / Music for the Black and White Ball 2010
« on: August 03, 2009, 03:12:20 PM »
Hello everyone,

So since there were some suggestions about music for BWBall this year, I thought I would get an early jump for 2010.  So if you have any requests or ideas for songs to be played either at the Black and White Ball or the dance lessons taught in the days prior to ball, please let me know.

As always, if you could email the song or link the song that would be great!  The best though is sending us an MP3 of the song.  But if you do not have a copy of the song just list the title/artiste/anime or video game.  Please remember that we try to accomodate everyone's suggestions for music but it is not a gaurantee that your song will be played at the Ball or the dance lessons.  Thanks.

- Jim

Hello everyone!

This is Jim, the Department 2nd for the Black and White Ball.  I want to say thank you to all the Fanime goers for making this year's Black and White Ball such a success.  We had a great turn out and from the looks of things everyone had a great time.  

I want to extend a big thank you to all the instructors and assistants for their time teaching and assisting dance classes as well as going to the Black and White Ball to help get everyone on the dance floor and helping everyone have a blast.

So I am asking all that went to the Black and White Ball, how was it?  The good and that bad of it, we would like to know.  We all know you are out there and you have your opinions on the Ball.  Please let us know them so we may improve on things and make next year's Black and White Ball an even bigger success!  Thanks everyone and enjoy the rest of the Fanime Convention!

- Jim
BWBall 2nd

The Black and White Ball will be returning to Fanime 2009.  This year, the dance floor will be larger, the music will be extensive, and the night will be one to remember!  I am openning up this thread because there seems to be a lot of questions surrounding the attire allowed into the Black and White Ball. 

As of right now, the attire for the event is formal.  This means for the gents, it will be tuxedo, suits, or the bare minimum of slacks/shirt/and tie.  For the ladies, an evening gown, formal gown, or the bare minimum of dress skirt and blouse.  Cosplays will be welcome as long as they are staying with the formal theme.  So this means no miniskirts, tube tops, tank tops, jeans, shorts, cutoffs, sneakers, etc...

This event was very popular last year and we are expecting a great turn out again this year.  We want everyone to enjoy the ball and have a great time, so that is why I am postiing this thread.  If you have any questions your outfit for the ball, post them here.  You can even post a picture of your outfit/cosplay here and we will let you know if it will get you into the Black and White Ball.  If you want to keep your outfits a secret til Fanime, send us an email at bwball@fanime.com and we will get back to you with an answer. 

Hope to see everyone at the Black and White Ball this year!

- Jim
BW Ball 2nd

Hi everyone, I am the 2nd for the B&W Ball at FanimeCon 2009 and just wanted to get a jump start on this.  From the posts that I have read from the previous years, there seems to be a lot of suggestions and comments about the B&W Ball.  We are taking all of them to heart and trying to plan a great B&W Ball for 2009.

As you all know, this event cannot even take place without our staff.  So I am posting this asking if there is anyone who may be interested in being a dance instructor for the Con.  Please email me at bwball@fanime.com and I will send you the information.  Thank you.

- Jim

Update: Thank you everyone for your interest in instructing and assisting at the Black and White Ball and dance lessons.  As of today, we have enough instructors for Fanime! Yay!  We also have a lot of people who are assisting too.  So, the instructor positions are filled but if you would still like to assist please email bwball@fanime.com. 

Big Event Showcase / Black and White Ball Music for 2009
« on: October 16, 2008, 03:55:15 PM »
Hi everyone,  I am part of the committee for Black and White Ball for 2009.  I wanted to get a jump on things for the upcoming year, so I wanted to hear from people, what songs would you suggest or like to be played at the B&W Ball?  Any suggestions would be great.  I know last year, music from anime, games, and jpop were played.  We were hoping to expand on that for the upcoming year.  So if you do have any good suggestions please let me know in this format:

<Name of song> - <artist/anime it came from> - <What dance it will be for>

Also if you could link me a site to listen or gather the songs, that would be greatly appreciated also.  Thanks for your help.

Big Event Showcase / Ballroom Dance Instruction Feedback
« on: May 27, 2008, 08:02:01 PM »
Hey everyone.  I was one of the dance instructors for the B&W Ball and was wondering how the dance lessons went? Just wanted to get an idea to see if there are any suggestions as far as lessons go and what not.  I don't care if the comments are negative or positive, I just want to know if people had a good time and if there is anything I can improve on.

I had a blast teaching everyone and it was great being back at Fanime after being gone for a while.  Thanks to everyone who came out.  ;)

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