Jaye & Elle’s Formal Dance, the Soap Bubble, and Synergy are some of the largest and most attended Live Events Anime Central has to offer. If you’re looking for a party, come down to the ballrooms of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on Friday and Saturday night to find some of the best dances in the midwest!

Jaye & Elle’s Formal Dance

Saturday in the Rosemont Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

In addition to purchasing an Anime Central membership, this event requires the purchase of a Formal Dance ticket. Tickets are available online in the registration system. If you’ve already registered for your ACen badge, but wish to purchase your tickets before the convention, you can log in and add them until April 1st!

This year’s theme is all that glitters is gold!

Formal Dance Tickets

Formal Dance Ticket Price
$15.00

Admittance

Participants in the Formal Dance must be registered attendees of Anime Central at the time of the ball.

  • Each participant must present their membership badge and their ticket in order to enter the Formal Dance. The name on the badge must match the name on the ticket.
  • Coat check will not be provided. Do not bring large props or items that cannot be contained on your person. Purses are allowed within the dance.
  • Hours and location may be subject to change.
  • All attendees must adhere to the Dress Code.

Dress Code

This dress code will be strictly enforced. The Formal Dance event staff have full discretion to decide if an outfit meets the dress code. If an outfit is found to be inappropriate, entry may be denied until all issues are corrected. If you are unsure about your attire, please feel free to email us at FormalDance@ACen.org and we will let you know if it is acceptable. We encourage you to send a picture of yourself wearing the outfit in order to best judge if it is appropriate.

  • We encourage attendees to come dressed as one of the Aoi sisters, or even the dashing Kit, but your outfit must still conform to all of the dress code requirements.
  • The neckline of shirts, dresses, etc. must be tasteful.
  • Your midriff must be covered. No belly tops, crop tops, etc.
  • Dresses must be knee length or longer unless non-see through stockings or tights are worn.
  • Long dress pants are acceptable with a formal top. Khakis with cargo pockets are not acceptable.
  • Military dress and formal kimonos are considered formal attire.
  • Cosplay and Crossplay are welcomed if appropriately formal.
  • Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes, torn clothing, etc. are not considered formal attire.
  • Large accessories such as weapons or large wings are not permitted.

Formal Dance Mascot Contest

This year we will be holding a mascot costume contest during the formal dance. Attendees who come to the dance dressed as one of the Aoi sisters, or even the dashing Kit, will have the chance to win free tickets to our next formal dance during Anime Central 2021. Mascot costumes must meet the dress code standards for the formal ball.

Winners will be chosen during the dance by the formal dance staff.

Soap Bubble

Friday in Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

The Soap Bubble is the oldest, longest running, and most highly anticipated anime convention party in the US. With some of the best DJs from around the world coming to spin for all 3000+ fans that pack the Hyatt Regency O’Hare’s Grand Ballroom, it is not to be missed. This coming year will be no different! Expect great music, an awesome vibe, and a large crowd of the greatest fans dancing all night long and into the early morning hours. This is one party worth seeing in person and you truly haven’t experienced the entire convention until you’ve been to the best anime convention party in the country!

ZOA

ZOA

Soapbubble DJ

ZOA brings the next era of EDM to the stage with Guitar, Sax and Drums. We welcome you to ZOA and our cyberpunk adventures.
DJ Khek

DJ Khek

Soapbubble DJ

“See that guy in the corner with his arms crossed, I’m gonna get him to dance to Barbie Girl”

This is part of the mentality and challenge Khek enjoys as a Dj. In 2004, he submitted a Kpop/Jpop mix for a chance to play at the Soap Bubble and has tried out to perform himself every year since. From being a member of the Mix Squad on Milwaukee’s #1 hip hop radio station V100, to winning a Toyota Scion dj battle mixing drum and bass, and having been a resident at a country rock club, all genres are game.

DJ Allen C.

DJ Allen C.

Soapbubble DJ

Original Promoter and Creator of the Soapbubble back in 2000. He was the Promoter till 2015. He has been DJing for 30 years here in Chicago and in San Francisco. He was instrumental in helping bring the first group of DJs from Japan to come perform at Soapbubble.
VJ Daguru

VJ Daguru

Soapbubble VJ

This Cosplayer and Video Mechanic is once again bringing his visual arsenal to the rave. Expect a trip through video synthesizers and circuit-bent game consoles as Daguru paints on a warping canvas to compliment our fantastic lineup of DJs this weekend.
DJ Kagamine

DJ Kagamine

Soapbubble DJ

Deep rooted in the sounds of Chicago, DJ Kagamine is a full range EDM DJ and lifelong music enthusiast with roots in Metal, Hip Hop and Chicago house music.

Starting his career in 2013 spinning for local anime conventions and bars, Kagamine showcases his enthusiasm and great admiration for his roots every time he steps onto the stage to perform. He’s played for crowds at conventions like Anime Expo, Anime Milwaukee and Anime Central and has shared the stage with talent including Romen Jewels, Tripgaia, TeddyLoid and Heavygrinder. He brings with him a high energy performance that can appeal to any crowd.

In 2018, Kagamine became a member of Halsted Street Entertainment, where he’s been able to continue perfecting his craft and further hone and develop his unique brand and sound.

Bad Corey

Bad Corey

Soapbubble DJ

Bad Corey is a fanatic of the harder sounds, finding an interest in fast-paced dance music in the early 2000's. He has become a staple in the Midwestern hard dance scene, always bringing hard-hitting beats and a high-energy experience wherever he goes. Never content with sticking to one sound, he is known for always bringing something unique and exciting to every single set. He also heads up Choppin Proper Records alongside longtime production partner Evolutionize. Bad Corey is dedicated to bringing the most energetic, uplifting, and pulse-pounding tunes from all over the globe to the dancefloor. You can expect many things when Bad Corey takes the stage, but never expect to be bored, so bring your stomping shoes and get ready to sweat.
DJ GreenFlow

DJ GreenFlow

Soapbubble DJ

GreenFlöw is a DJ and Producer from Milwaukee, WI who has been playing the convention rave scene for the past 5 years. He has played across the country for shows like Otakon Vegas, Anime Milwaukee’s Nocturnal Underground and Anime Central’s Soap Bubble just to name a few. Recently, he has spent time as a nomad and has been able to travel the world, exploring interesting places and making musical connections, most recently DJing in Seoul, South Korea, and Mexico City, Mexico. Wherever you find him, he's spinning together melodic tunes or making the walls vibrate, and you're always going to have a good time.
Nikki X

Nikki X

Soapbubble DJ

Nikki X is a dj/producer who hold well over 60 million streams, including her originals and remixes. Formerly in a Dj duo “Romen Jewels” she is now embarking of her solo career. Her credits include: Interscope records, Circus records, Ultra, Sony, Trap City, Trap Nation, and many more.

Her records have been played and supported by Diplo, Zedd, Krewella, Martin Garrix, and so many more.

Synergy

Saturday in Grand Ballroom; Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Come check out Synergy in the Grand Ballroom where you’ll hear tracks from some of the best DJs that Japan has to offer. Whatever your musical tastes, you’re going to find something to enjoy as some of Japan’s rising stars put on a show you’d have to go halfway around the world to attend otherwise!