Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join us at the Marriott San Jose Ballroom for an exciting evening by wearing your best formal wear, formal cosplay, or lolita fashion, and putting on your dancing shoes.

Get excited for great music, photography, and (of course) hours of dancing!

Want even more dancing?

Black & White Ball events will be happening all weekend! From dance performances and challenges at Stage Zero to a Decompression Dance Party – an informal social dance for everyone to have fun and practice what they’ve learned in a casual setting. There’s no need to dress up for these particular events, but dress code rules regarding heels still apply.

Dress Code

Not sure what to wear?

Check out the dress code here

Please note: The dress code will be enforced. Those with inappropriate attire will be denied entry.

Please note: Face masks will be required during all Black & White Ball lessons and events, as stated in the FanimeCon Code of Conduct.

Black & White Ball Enhanced Mask Policy

Please note that the Black & White Ball lessons and events, located in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom will require a valveless high-filtration mask – NIOSH approved (N95 minimum) or equivalent (KN95/KF94). We will have a limited number available at the door, but please be prepared to bring your own.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping us ensure the safety of staff and attendees! If you have any questions, please email us at:

Not sure how to dance?

Don’t worry: The Black & White Ball staff offer group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball!

Private lessons will also be offered on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the weekend, so sign up early during the con!

Take a look at our schedule here

Want to know more about the dances we teach? Not sure what you want to learn in private lessons?

Take a look at our menu of dances here

Have questions about the Black & White Ball? Want to know more?

Want to know more? Check out our FAQ here

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to?

Do you have suggestions for our playlist?

Submit your music requests on the forums or email them to us at

Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to hear, get your requests in as soon as you can for a better chance to hear it at the Ball!