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* In ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', Tsukushi Makino goes on a cruise vacation with the rest of her rich, aristocratic classmates. On the cruise, there's a dance ball. This ball allowed her the opportunity of showing that SheCleansUpNicely, making the spoiled, LonelyRichKid Tsukasa fall harder for her.

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* In ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', ''Manga/BoysOverFlowers'', Tsukushi Makino goes on a cruise vacation with the rest of her rich, aristocratic classmates. On the cruise, there's a dance ball. This ball allowed her the opportunity of showing that SheCleansUpNicely, making the spoiled, LonelyRichKid Tsukasa fall harder for her.



** First, the King of Midland holds a ball for Princess Charlotte to which Griffith is invited to. Later that evening, it was announced that Duke Julius and his son were [[spoiler: assassinated by a plot that Griffith orchestrated.]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/007.016/136 He was pleased with the news to say the least]]. [[PsychoticSmile Very pleased]].
** Later, the King holds a dance ball for the Band of Hawk after their victory. All the members of the Band of Hawk dress fancily as nobles. Both [[ActionGirl Caska]] and [[MenAreUncultured Guts]] are shown to be extremely uncomfortable at such fancy social events (especially while wearing such frilly and expensive clothing instead of armor). For Caska, however, the series made it clear that SheCleansUpNicely, despite her b. (And Guts's reaction makies it [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments even better]]). Oh, and then [[spoiler: a botched assassination attempt happened on Griffith by the Queen and her mooks. Don't worry, Griffith is [[DisneyDeath alive and well]] in [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident order to burn the Queen and her mooks alive]] with the help of [[TheMole another mook]] who he had [[{{Blackmail}} blackmailed]] [[IHaveYourWife into helping him]].]]
** A few volumes later, Farnese is shown attending a ball that her rich, aristocratic father hosts. There she dances with her [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee, Roderick]]. Of course, true to ''Berserk'' fashion, the party ends with huge amounts of violence and bloodshed via demonic tigers and and soldiers from Kushan. What better way to end a grand evening in the Berserkerverse?
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' Shirayuki is invited to a ball in Tanbarun by prince Raji who thought it would be safe to invite her since there was no way she'd come. At the time she, Zen and Izana all knew that someone they couldn't find was looking to kidnap her so she ended up being sent anyway to get her away from her potential kidnapper in Clarines. She doesn't get to attend the ball anyway as she is kidnapped right before it starts. It's later revealed Mitsuhide and Kiki met at a ball when she went to the same shadowed alcove to avoid the other nobles as Mitsuhide was already hiding in. Mitsuhide actually gives hiding as advice for what to do at formal royal gatherings of all kinds even if he can no longer get away with it due to his position. He is noticeably uncomfortable whenever he has to attend one.

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** First, the King of Midland holds a ball for Princess Charlotte to which Griffith is invited to. Later that evening, it was announced that Duke Julius and his son were [[spoiler: assassinated by a plot that Griffith orchestrated.]] [[http://www.mangakong.com/manga/Berserk/007.016/136 He was pleased with the news news, to say the least]]. [[PsychoticSmile Very pleased]].
** Later, the King holds a dance ball for the Band of Hawk after their victory. All the members of the Band of Hawk dress fancily as nobles. Both [[ActionGirl Caska]] and [[MenAreUncultured Guts]] are shown to be extremely uncomfortable at such fancy social events (especially while wearing such frilly and expensive clothing instead of armor). For Caska, however, the series made it clear that SheCleansUpNicely, despite her b. (And Guts's Guts' reaction makies makes it [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments even better]]). Oh, and then [[spoiler: a botched assassination attempt happened on Griffith by the Queen and her mooks. Don't worry, Griffith is [[DisneyDeath alive and well]] in [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident order to burn the Queen and her mooks alive]] with the help of [[TheMole another mook]] who he had [[{{Blackmail}} blackmailed]] [[IHaveYourWife into helping him]].]]
** A few volumes later, Farnese is shown attending a ball that her rich, aristocratic father hosts. There she dances with her [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee, Roderick]]. Of course, true to ''Berserk'' fashion, the party ends with huge amounts of violence and bloodshed via demonic tigers and and soldiers from Kushan. What better way to end a grand evening in the Berserkerverse?
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'', Shirayuki is invited to a ball in Tanbarun by prince Raji who thought it would be safe to invite her since there was no way she'd come. At the time she, Zen and Izana all knew that someone they couldn't find was looking to kidnap her so she ended up being sent anyway to get her away from her potential kidnapper in Clarines. She doesn't get to attend the ball anyway as she is kidnapped right before it starts. It's later revealed Mitsuhide and Kiki met at a ball when she went to the same shadowed alcove to avoid the other nobles as Mitsuhide was already hiding in. Mitsuhide actually gives hiding as advice for what to do at formal royal gatherings of all kinds even if he can no longer get away with it due to his position. He is noticeably uncomfortable whenever he has to attend one.



* In ''Manga/Classi9'', the composers are frequently invited to dinner parties and balls. It is a great occasion to show off their skills or just [[LetsDuet play with a fellow musician]], like Liszt, Chopin and Schumann. The school festival also ends with a dance party.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' : The Sino-Britannian pre-wedding party is just such an example, complete with plenty of [[{{Melodrama}} drama]], starting when Zero & Co. [[WeddingSmashers crash the party]], and ending with no less than an assassination attempt on him. With plenty of [[SeriousBusiness chess]] in between. [[spoiler:And the day after, he does it again, because [[LargeHam Lelouch can't do anything in moderation]].]]

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* In ''Manga/Classi9'', the composers are frequently invited to dinner parties and balls. It is a great occasion to show off their skills or just [[LetsDuet play with a fellow musician]], like Liszt, Chopin Chopin, and Schumann. The school festival also ends with a dance party.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' : ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The Sino-Britannian pre-wedding party is just such an example, complete with plenty of [[{{Melodrama}} drama]], starting when Zero & Co. [[WeddingSmashers crash the party]], and ending with no less than an assassination attempt on him. With plenty of [[SeriousBusiness chess]] in between. [[spoiler:And the day after, he does it again, because [[LargeHam Lelouch can't do anything in moderation]].]]



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a HUGE ball in the Magical World, where Negi and Co. are invited by Governor Godel. It turns out to be ''very'' plot important, as well as being filled with requisite amounts of ShipTease.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a HUGE ball in the Magical World, where Negi and Co. are invited by Governor Godel. It turns out to be ''very'' plot important, plot-important, as well as being filled with requisite amounts of ShipTease.



* ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' haa a ball in Coutn Germont's castle, which Jeudi is forced to attend since she has been forcibly taken in by the Count himself. It turns out to be very plot important since [[spoiler:the fact that Jeudi ''can'' waltz her way through the dancefloor despite being thought of as a mere prospect maid/mistress hints that she's got quite the MysteriousPast... and said dance also triggers one of her earliest memories.]]

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* ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' haa has a ball in Coutn Count Germont's castle, which Jeudi is forced to attend since she has been forcibly taken in by the Count himself. It turns out to be very plot important plot-important since [[spoiler:the fact that Jeudi ''can'' waltz her way through the dancefloor despite being thought of as a mere prospect maid/mistress hints that she's got quite the MysteriousPast... and said dance also triggers one of her earliest memories.]]



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* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' references them often in the early part of the book, with a large number of events occuring at a barbecue.

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* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' references them often in the early part of the book, with a large number of events occuring occurring at a barbecue.



* Lampshaded in the first season of ''Series/{{Community}}''. There were so many dances that at the end of the year anyone who attend all of them got a tee-shirt.

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* Lampshaded in the first season of ''Series/{{Community}}''. There were so many dances that at the end of the year anyone who attend attended all of them got a tee-shirt.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', one of the more famous cutscenes from it are at the dancing ball where Squall first meets Rinoa. Squall is shown to be extremely reluctant to dance with her, and appears to be quite clumsy during the initial parts of the dance, but then gets over it and starts dancing quite skillfully. Later on, he admits to Rinoa that ballroom dancing is taught to [=SeeD=] candidates as a potential cover skill, with the implication that his initial clumsiness was mostly nerves, or him [[ObfuscatingStupidity trying to get her to leave him alone]]. Also adds some humor to the scowls he earned from the other [=SeeD=] candidates he was bumping into if they ''knew'' he could dance.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', one One of the more famous cutscenes from it are ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is at the dancing ball where Squall first meets Rinoa. Squall is shown to be extremely reluctant to dance with her, and appears to be quite clumsy during the initial parts of the dance, but then gets over it and starts dancing quite skillfully. Later on, he admits to Rinoa that ballroom dancing is taught to [=SeeD=] candidates as a potential cover skill, with the implication that his initial clumsiness was mostly nerves, or him [[ObfuscatingStupidity trying to get her to leave him alone]]. Also adds some humor to the scowls he earned from the other [=SeeD=] candidates he was bumping into if they ''knew'' he could dance.



* The above mentioned dances held by TheFairFolk can potentially take place in ''VideoGame/Princess Maker 2'', if a sensitive-enough Daughter goes out to the Forest or the Lake and camps in certain places. She won't waste away, logically, but her Stamina will be lowered and her Art Skill will be raised.

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* The above mentioned above-mentioned dances held by TheFairFolk can potentially take place in ''VideoGame/Princess Maker ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'', if a sensitive-enough Daughter goes out to the Forest or the Lake and camps in certain places. She won't waste away, logically, but her Stamina will be lowered and her Art Skill will be raised.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** Back in the Golden Age Di, ComicBook/{{Steve|Trevor}}, and the Holliday Girls attended a number of dances--at least one being a MasqueradeBall--hosted by villains in order to scope out the enemy. Somehow they always devolve into a brawl no matter how fancily everyone is dressed.
** ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfWonderWoman2016'': Diana and the Holliday Girls attend a charity dance in France after D-Day, where the Girls are one of the musical groups performing and Diana and Steve get a {{relationship upgrade}}.
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Quite often in a story, Dances And Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing or just plain can't dance (Though if he can get into it, he will find he really can dance.) If a character is a FakeAristocrat this will be the ultimate test of their facade.

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Quite often in a story, Dances And and Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing or just plain can't dance (Though if he can get into it, he will find he really can dance.) If a character is a FakeAristocrat this will be the ultimate test of their facade.


* Gwyneth and Gideon of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'' attend a few of these [[TimeTravel in the past]].

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* Gwyneth and Gideon of ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'' have to attend a few of these [[TimeTravel large ball in the past]].18th century, at the request of Count Saint-Germain. This poses no problem for Gideon, who has been trained since childhood to function discreetly within the historical periods he may need to visit, but requires Gwyneth to take crash-course lessons in dance, etiquette, and history to allow her to blend in.

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* Come the final arc of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'''s fifth season, we learn that Pink Diamond often threw extravagant balls millennia ago to celebrate the other Diamonds' accomplishments. [[spoiler:When Steven tries to inherit his mother's true legacy, he's put in charge of setting up a ball of his own, to mark the official start of Homeworld's Era 3.]]


* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Rosemary And Rue'', Seanan contemplates how the fourteen years she lost were nothing to purebloods; they had dances that lasted longer.

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* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Rosemary And Rue'', Seanan October contemplates how the fourteen years she lost were nothing to purebloods; they had dances that lasted longer.

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* As noted in the Literature tab, the Yule Ball is a popular plot point for ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic writers, who tend to treat it as an annual event rather than a one-off, and use it as a base for a DanceOfRomance or something similar.
** The sequel of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' includes the Yule Ball, with Harry and [[spoiler: Carol]] going together, with Harry having also arranged [[spoiler: Diana's]] attendance as a ShipperOnDeck for her and [[spoiler: Ginny]]. The results are largely very sweet, and quite funny, with Harry and [[spoiler: Carol]] at one point dancing the Mambo, which Harry learned from Bucky Barnes. The Mambo, by the way (yes, as in 'Mambo Number 5'), is a more restrained relative of the famous Tango. WordOfGod is that he was going for a little sexy rather than overtly sexual, the way the Tango is, as the latter carries a high {{Squick}} factor when writing about teens), to the surprise of more than a few present (it's not traditional ballroom dancing, but it's not typical modern dancing either).

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* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKing'', there is dancing when the Winter Court comes to visit the Summer Court.

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''Literature/TheIronKing'', there is dancing when the Winter Court comes to visit the Summer Court.

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* ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' has the Midnight Ball (Mitternachtsball) that Sarah gets invited to.

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* ''Manga/VampireKnight''


* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' has many important events take place at balls, including the first meeting between MarieAntoinette and Count Fersen. They also showcase the extravagance of the French royal family.

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* The climax of ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'' happens at a ball that Earthsong holds for Willow. The argument it causes beforehand is also significant; while they decide to hold it as a morale booster in spite of the danger from [[BigBad Beluosus]], Gwendolyn blows up at the thought of wasting any time on frivolity. Beluosus and his forces attack during the celebration, resulting in several characters being KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Gwendolyn helps him get in; she is partly mind-controlled, but was particularly susceptible because of her anger and unhappiness.]]


Quite often in a story, Dances And Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing (or just plain can't dance). If a character is a FakeAristocrat this will be the ultimate test of their facade.

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Quite often in a story, Dances And Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing (or or just plain can't dance). dance (Though if he can get into it, he will find he really can dance.) If a character is a FakeAristocrat this will be the ultimate test of their facade.


Quite often in a story, Dances And Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing (or just plain can't dance).

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Quite often in a story, Dances And Balls will be used as an [[PrincessForADay opportunity]] to show that a BeautifulAllAlong girl (sometimes, but less common, guy) [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nicely]] (to the amazement of fellow protagonists). Other times, it will be used to show that the protagonist (particularly if it's a male lead) is virtuous and cannot understand the [[AristocratsAreEvil snooty ways of aristocrats]]. Expect a scene where he says he hates dancing (or just plain can't dance).
dance). If a character is a FakeAristocrat this will be the ultimate test of their facade.


** Later, the King holds a dance ball for the Band of Hawk after their victory. All the members of the Band of Hawk dress fancily as nobles. Both [[ActionGirl Caska]] and [[MenAreUncultured Guts]] are shown to be extremely uncomfortable at such fancy social events (especially while wearing such frilly and expensive clothing instead of armor). For Caska, however, the series made it clear that SheCleansUpNicely, despite her b. (And Guts's reaction makies it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny even better]]). Oh, and then [[spoiler: a botched assassination attempt happened on Griffith by the Queen and her mooks. Don't worry, Griffith is [[DisneyDeath alive and well]] in [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident order to burn the Queen and her mooks alive]] with the help of [[TheMole another mook]] who he had [[{{Blackmail}} blackmailed]] [[IHaveYourWife into helping him]].]]

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** Later, the King holds a dance ball for the Band of Hawk after their victory. All the members of the Band of Hawk dress fancily as nobles. Both [[ActionGirl Caska]] and [[MenAreUncultured Guts]] are shown to be extremely uncomfortable at such fancy social events (especially while wearing such frilly and expensive clothing instead of armor). For Caska, however, the series made it clear that SheCleansUpNicely, despite her b. (And Guts's reaction makies it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments even better]]). Oh, and then [[spoiler: a botched assassination attempt happened on Griffith by the Queen and her mooks. Don't worry, Griffith is [[DisneyDeath alive and well]] in [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident order to burn the Queen and her mooks alive]] with the help of [[TheMole another mook]] who he had [[{{Blackmail}} blackmailed]] [[IHaveYourWife into helping him]].]]

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