Going into its 23th year, the legendary Portland ValenTango® is the largest and longest running tango festival in North America. The reasons are simple: friendly community, great teachers, great DJ’s, great classes, great milongas, great ambiance and great opportunities to dance and learn for all levels and types of dancers….and all at a great price! If you’ve never attended, please join us. If you’ve been before, please come back. I think you’re gonna love this event.
All classes, lectures, vendors and milongas are at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. The Double Tree is easy to get to from the airport or Amtrak station (see Directions), and is conveniently located near many restaurants and across the street from the huge Lloyd Center Shopping Mall.
Twelve of the best Argentine tango instructors will be teaching 5 types and levels of classes–Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Advanced Couples and Special Performance Master Classes for Couples (see Schedule). To attend a class, you must either be wearing a “Full Pass” wrist band or surrender a “Class Token”–both of which you receive with your pre-registration materials when you arrive or can purchased at the registration desk in the foyer (open 10:00a-5:00p each day). The Full Pass and Class Tokens give you complete freedom to choose whichever classes you want without having to sign up ahead of time. Although Class Tokens are not refundable, you can share them with a friend or partner and are also worth $20 at any milonga.
Classes last one hour and 15 minutes, with the last 5 minutes devoted to the instructor summarizing the material they taught in the class. Video and still cameras are not allowed to be used during the instructional part of the class, but may be used to record the instructor’s summary at the end.
For your own benefit and for the well being of the other students in the class, it is essential that you choose a level of class that is appropriate for your skill level. To help you decide, please refer to the article “What Level Am I?“
Music for the 17 ValenTango milongas and 4 practicas will be provided by nine of the country’s top tango DJ’s plus 2 orchestras (see Orchestras & DJ’s). For admission to a milonga you must either:
(a) be wearing an “Everything Pass” wrist band on your wrist, or
(b) be wearing a “Full Milonga Pass” wrist band on your wrist, or
(c) pay at the door with check, cash or a class token (worth $20) at the door.
Prices vary and are shown in the detailed Milonga Schedule. For the most part, dress is casual, with the exception of the Sat Grande Ball which is more formal and dress up.
There will three unique mixer milonga unlike any you’ve experienced elsewhere:
Free Practica for those taking classes is available everyday from 5:00-6:30p.
If would like to take a private lesson, all arrangements are made directly with the instructor. For more information, please go to the link: Privates.
Food & Beverages:
The Double Tree has two in-house restaurants, coffee shop and a bar. In addition many excellent restaurants are within walking distance. (See Restaurant Guide.)
Although the optimal place to stay is at the Double Tree, additional hotels can be found near by (see Commercial Lodging), or if you like to save money and stay with a local tanguero, check out: Private Lodging.
Numerous vendors (see Vendor List) selling tango paraphernalia (shoes, clothing, artwork, jewelry etc) will be available in the foyer just outside of the ballrooms. They are usually open from 11:00a-midnight.
I hope I read all of that correctly. When I saw “registration closed’ it implied that one can no longer get access to the event — but it seems I would simply need to pay at the front desk to take a class or milonga. Yes? So what is your “registration closed” mean? I am new to this area so this is the first time I have attended this event, so I just want to be clear.
yep sorry, it should read on-line pre-registration is closed. you can always pay at the door.
Are there limits to class size, and do we sign up for specific classes in advance or is it first come first served? Also, do you need to bring a partner with you to take a class?
No limit on class size nor do you sing up for specific classes in advance. Just show up with an Everything pass or pay with a class token that you can buy at the Registration Table. Some of the advanced classes are for couple so you need to bring a partner. It notes this on the full schedule. All the other classes you do not need a partner.
Are vaccines and/or masks required?
Vaccines yes but masks are optional
Aloha Clay! I’m looking forward to returning to Valentango this year! Can we upload our vaccination card somewhere on your website or just bring our card along to show at registration?
Just bring your Vac certificate with you.
Gender / role balanced?
ValenTango is not gender/role balanced. But it usually turns out fairly even.
You do not need a partner, In fact we encourage everyone to switch partners.
Do we need a partner or will we be able to switch partners?
In classes that are designated “Adv Cpls” you do not switch partner, but in all the others you do.