Returning to LightBox Expo 2021 – Animation Dance Party: Neon Space Disco!

By Shireen Faridniya
August 12, 2021

Call for entries — Animation Dance Party: Neon Space Disco!

Get ready to get grooooovy at LightBox Expo Online 2021 with Animation Dance Party: Neon Space Disco! Put some rhythm into your art and animate your way to INCREDIBLE PRIZES! Sponsored by Wacom, MSI Computers, and Toon Boom Animation, Animation Dance Party is part animation jam, part contest, and all animated dancing fun! LightBox Expo Online attendees are invited to submit a 24-48 frame dance cycle set to a beat track and have their work composited all together into one big animated dance party short film! Keep reading to find out how you can participate.

Who can compete?

Anyone (18 and over) with the skillset, rhythm, and sass to win. All student or professional animators are encouraged to submit a dance cycle.

How to enter

Referencing the beat track below, animators should use their favorite software to create a dance cycle that loops and satisfies the following specs:

  1. PNG files (numbered in order using triple digits with leading zeroes ex: 001.png) inside a .zip file
  2. 1200 x 1200px
  3. RGB Color

E-mail your dance cycle to with the subject heading โ€œADP 2021 Submission.โ€ The deadline for entries is September 7 at 11:00PM.

Beat Track – 120 BPM


This year’s judges include Mike Morris, John T. Quinn, Elsa Chang, and Dane Romley. ๐Ÿ‘

Mike Morris | Director and Story Artist


John T. Quinn | Production Designer, Illustrator, and Head of Art Department — Disney Consumer Products




Elsa Chang | Character Designer Disney TV Animation



Dane Romley | 2019 Animation Dance Party 1st Place Winner, Assistant Director — The Simpsons




We have amazing prizes from Wacom, MSI and Toon Boom for our Animation Dance Party winners:

๐ŸŽ‰First place: Wacom Cintiq Pro 24, MSI Prestige 15 Laptop Computer, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro & Harmony Premium Package (1-year subscription)

๐ŸŽ‰Second place: Wacom Cintiq 16, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro & Harmony Premium (1-year subscription)

๐ŸŽ‰Third place: Wacom One, Toon Boom Harmony Premium (1-year subscription)

๐ŸŽ‰(1) Honorable mention:ย Wacom Intuos M with Bluetooth

Weโ€™re so excited to return to LightBox Expo 2021 with Animation Dance Party: Neon Space Disco! Special thanks to our sponsors at MSI and Toon Boom Animation, as well as our wonderful panel of judges. We look forward to seeing you and your dance animations at the party!

To purchase tickets for LightBox Expo, please visit their website on August 16.

For official contest terms and conditions, clickย here.

Join us for the live dance party on Saturday, September 11th at 3PM PST! Get your groove on here.


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