Atlas Ball

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Atlas Ball is a trope in RWBY fandom. In the lead up to Volume 7 of RWBY, which takes place in Atlas, some came to expect an episode that would centre around a ball/dance/party similar to the Beacon Dance held in Volume 2.

It was discussed within the fandom during the off-season between Volume's 6 and 7[1][2] and both Bumbleby Week and Spice Cream Week featured "Atlas Ball" as one of their prompts in 2019, while Whiterose Week used "Ball/Dancing" for theirs. When the first episode of Volume 7 had Pietro Polendina mention building a pair of shoes that dance, many took this as foreshadowing an upcoming ball.

Ultimately no such ball took place in Volume 7 and the fandom quietly stopped talking about it, which in turn did not go unnoticed:

honestly i think our strongest moment as a fandom is when we just decided to completely stop talking about the atlas ball once the episode we thought it’d take place in was released. like we erased that whole debacle from our minds. did they dance? we don’t know… there was no episode that week. a ball? what is atlas? we’ve never talked about that?

\#LIKE THE HEADCANONS AND SHIT..... THEY JUST DROPPED #big silence in the atlas ball crowd #all you could hear was squeaky shoes #rwby[3]

Examples

Fic

  • Something Easy, Something Hard by RunWithWolves - Blake Belladonna/Yang Xiao Long Team RWBY might be going to the Atlas Ball but they're more interested in stealing Schnee Company secrets than they are in the party.
  • frozen wings by shannedo - Robyn Hill/Winter Schnee After two rounds fought and barely a hit landed against them, it was as clear as ever that Team CHRM were the shining jewel in the crown of Atlas Academy.ecretly, Winter was hoping it might be the leader’s partner who advanced to the finals of the festival.
  • Half-Step by Agent_24 - Qrow Branwen/Clover Ebi There are a lot of ways Qrow might want to spend his evening. Dolled up and alone during the Atlas Ball isn't one of them.

Art

References

  1. Should we get an Atlas ball in the next Volume?. reddit.
  2. If the Atlas ball actually happens during the next Volume we might not just get another Bumbleby dance, but also a WhiteRose dance. reddit.
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