In Kotae expo you get to try historical dances in Saturday’s dancing lessons and attend the cosplay ball in the evening. We have answered some questions you might be wondering below.

I have no experience with historical dances. Can I still participate in the cosplay ball? 

Everyone is welcome regardless of previous experience or dancing skills! There are dance lessons during Saturday, where you can learn easy historical dances that will be danced at the ball as well. You can join the lessons whenever, as there will be multiple dances taught in one lesson. 

What if I don’t have time to take part in the dance lessons? 

There will be simple dances as a part of the ball’s setlist, so you can just jump in and follow what others are doing. There will also be a couple of free waltzes etc. you can surely join. 

Do I need to bring my own dance partner? 

No, everyone willing to participate will surely find a partner on the spot. It is customary to find a new partner before every song by raising your hand. This way those still missing a partner can find each other. Although, If you do have a friend you wish to pair up in every dance, that is fine as well (notice that there are dances where your dance partner will constantly change, though).

How to dress up for a cosplay ball? 

There is no dress code. As the name suggests, all kind of cosplays are welcome. But if you do not have any suitable cosplays available, worry not: You may come as you are, either in an evening dress or just in your everyday clothes. 
Please do consider that the dance floor may be crowded and sometimes people might bump into each other, so very large costumes or ones that are easily broken might make things more inconvenient. 

What are historical dances? 

Historical dances are court dances from European countries circa 1450 onwards. They were forgotten for a time, but later people started interpreting the written dance instruction and notes found from those times and dancing them again. It is typical for these dances to have a strict, predefined choreography and to be written for a specific number of people in a specific formation (for example for one pair, for 4 pairs in a square, etc.).