Anime Weekend Atlanta®
September 26th-28th, 2014 | Atlanta, Georgia
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel + Cobb Galleria Centre
+ Sheraton Suites Galleria

For Beautiful Convention Life

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) is a three-day Japanese Animation
and comics convention held annually in Atlanta, Georgia.
The AWA Academy Ball

 AWA Academy Crest

Please join the Faculty and Staff of the premiere institute for Anime fans at their annual formal ballroom dance. We have a live string quartet playing your favorite anime themes and ballroom dances, plus some lovely nibbles to help keep your energy levels at their peak.

The AWA Ball is a formal ballroom dancing event and not a standard convention masquerade dance. It is not a costume party, but an actual ball filled with your fellow formally-attired anime fans. We present an elegant evening of refined music and entertainment not found at any other convention.

As always, the dress code is Black Tie. Formal wear is preferred; formal cosplay is encouraged. You do not need to dress according to the theme, but you are required to meet the basic demands of a formal event. A jacket and tie is the minimum required for the Gentlemen, and a knee length or longer dress for the Ladies. Weapons are not allowed in the Ball. This is a peaceful evening of dancing and merriment, not a showplace for the artifacts of conflict.


Friday, Sept. 27th 2013

Tickets are $25 when purchased with online registration, $30 at the door.

Doors open 8pm, Dining and Dancing until Midnight.

Dress Code: Black Tie Invited (formal wear preferred, suits/dresses allowed). Formal Cosplay allowed.

The Ball features our exclusive Live string quartet playing Ballroom dances and Anime themes. Buffet/light snacks included in ticket price. A non-alcoholic cash bar will also be available. There will be a ballroom dance class Friday afternoon outside the Williams Ballroom (check your schedule for the time).


This event's dress code is "Black Tie Invited."

From Wikipedia (

Black tie is a dress code for semi-formal evening events, and is worn to many types of social functions. For a man, the major component is a jacket, known as a dinner jacket (British) or tuxedo (Canada and the U.S.), which is usually black but is also seen in midnight blue. A woman's corresponding evening dress ranges from a conservative cocktail dress to the long evening gown, determined by current fashion, local custom, and the occasion's time.

Given that this is a formal event at a convention, some leeway will be given to con attendees in costume; however the costume must be of a formal nature. A useful guideline is, "What would this character wear to a formal event?" Military dress uniforms and formal kimono are appropriate, but informal cosplay will not be permitted. In all cases, cosplay is optional and definitely not required. All decisions on the appropriateness of attire will be made at the event by a director or assistant director only, and are final. Con attendees are encouraged to be conservative in their choice of cosplay to avoid the risk of being denied entry. We request at least a coat and tie for the men (waistcoats without coats at our discretion), and knee length or longer dresses for the ladies.


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A few guidelines/general pointers about the dress code:


  • T-shirts, Jeans, and tennis shoes are not appropriate for the Ball. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are not, have not ever been, and will never be considered formal, sorry for the inconvenience (Yes, we know it's been done before. That still does not make it formal). Proper footwear for the male is either black patent leather shoes, monogrammed velvet opera slippers, or proper dress shoes.
  • Men (or Women crossplaying as Men) should be wearing a tuxedo or a suit. A jacket and tie with dress slacks and proper shoes will be acceptable. Shirts must be tucked in.
  • Women (or Men crossplaying as Women) should be wearing a ballgown. Cocktail dresses are accepted. Skirts/Dresses should be knee length or longer.
  • Wings and other large accessories are not permitted.
  • Trench coats and other outer wear are not considered formal and should not be worn.
  • Kilts may only be worn with proper Prince Charles Jacket or Argyle jacket and appropriate accessories.
  • Masks will not be allowed.
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed.
While tickets will be sold at the door, advance purchase is preferred.

The dress code will be strictly enforced. If you are purchasing tickets for others, please make certain all members of you party are aware of the dress code. Refunds will be given if attire is unacceptable.

There will be other activities and surprises as well, so please join us. I hope to see you on the dance floor Friday night!


 AWA Ball Dancefloor

Jason R. Merrill,

AWA Events Director