Unbelievable!!! ValenTango™ 2017 is now going into it’s 20th year. When I first started ValenTango™ (and the Portland October TangoFest), it was my intent to just bring in a few outside instructors and have a nice local event. Little did I know that these two festivals would grow to be so large, have a great international reputation, and last so long. So, when other festivals have come and gone, I would like to reflect upon why I think the Portland festivals have been so successful.
First, the quality, friendliness and ambiance of the Portland tango community is special and unique. Specifically, over the years, all of the Portland instructors and organizers have worked together harmoniously in creating classes, venues and events for the community. Secondly, it’s always been my guiding principal to create festivals which bring happiness and pleasure into people’s lives at a reasonable price! Towards that end, I endeavor to provide the best staff, venues, features and schedule as possible. But I also know that giving you, the participant, as much up front information as possible will mean a more satisfying experience. With this in mind, below is a run down of some of the highlights and features to expect. (Click here for Complete Schedule.)
- Lodging: The DoubleTree always sells out, so my advice is to book your room ASAP. But if you don’t get in, here’s a list of Nearby Hotels and a place to connect with locals that have Private Lodging.
- Mixers: This year there will be three: the Emoji Mixer on Thursday, the Equal Opportunity Mixer on Friday, and the Texas Tango Hold ‘Em on Saturday. These mixers are a great way to meet new people, have fun a maybe win a prize,
- Performances: Instructor performances are on Friday and Saturday evening at 11:00pm
- Tokens: For admission to a class you need either a Full Pass Wrist Band or a Class Token. In addition, extra tokens may be given to a friend or partner; and/or have a $20 value towards admission to any milonga.
- Wristbands: With 600-700 attendees, our staff cannot know everyone. Thus if you purchased a Full Pass or Milonga pass, you must wear the wrist band on your wrist for the duration of the festival. Even I will be wearing one.
- Facebook: To keep up to date and communicate with others via Facebook, check out the ValenTango™ Event and the ValenTango™ Page.
- All Analog Milonga: On Sat 1:30-4:30p Jim Dickinson will host a milonga in which all recordings and equipment are pre-digital.
- Companion: You can connect up with a companion to share a room, take classes and/or practice with at Companion Search.
- Changing Partners: Occasionally, a couple will not want to change partners. Although this may (or may not) benefit them individually, from years of experience I know that classes as a whole progress faster when everyone participates and changes partners. Thus, if you don’t want to change, I recommend private lessons or the Advanced Classes for Couples.
- Private Lessons: All instructors are available for private lessons and all arrangements (time, location price etc) should be made directly with the instructor of your choice. To help out, go to Private Lesson Spreadsheet.
- Parking: All hotel guests and ValenTango participants may use the DoubleTree parking lot. If you are not a hotel guest, pick up a daily parking pass at the registration desk.
- Monday after ValenTango™: Sticking around Monday after ValenTango? There’s lot’s to do–just check out Monday Schedule.