The good ol' tango times will officially get rolling at 8:30 PM on Friday,
August 15 at the cocktail reception and dance party kicking off the 2nd NOLA
TangoFest at Planet Tango's House of Tango in Uptown New Orleans.
Those traveling from out of state will by then have grabbed a taxi outside
the baggage area of Louis Armstrong International heading for the Double
Tree and other hotel destinations. From downtown is only a ten minute cab
ride to 509 Octavia Street.
This is the first of several great opportunities to enjoy the outer beauties
of the city that care forgot, and to meet and/or renew everlasting
friendships. This is when schedules and last minute updates will be
available in a form that makes sense. Teachers take this opportunity to pass
judgement on everyone's dancing, to discuss the variety of styles and take
notes of new sizes and shapes of embraces they haven't seen before, and to
reinforce the importance of charol in the manufacture of tango shoes.
On Saturday, August 16, after a stroll to the lobby of the Double Tree hotel
to check out the Sweet Dreams Cafe, for gourmet coffee and specialties, or
the Chicory Restaurant for a full breakfast, participants of the 2nd NOLA
TangoFest will begin to enjoy the first session of classes at the Crescent
and International Ballrooms located on the 16th floor overlooking the
Mississippi at 9:30 a.m.
After a break for lunch, the second session of classes will begin around 2
PM, and by 4:30 PM participants will be free to spend the rest of the
afternoon on their own.
Saturday night begins at 7:30 p.m. with a delicious dinner high above the
city lights and overlooking Old Miss. After dinner participants will join
the general public for a sassy, hot and spicy floor show "Live from the
Tango Belt" featuring the best teachers, musicians and dancers from New
Orleans and the world.
Then, right after the show the Black and White milonga will get underway
until double question marks.
On Sunday, August 17, after a crawl to the lobby of the Double Tree hotel to
check out the Sweet Dreams Cafe, for gourmet coffee and specialties, or the
Chicory Restaurant for a full breakfast, participants will drag themselves
up the elevator to enjoy the third, (or is it the fifth, well who cares
because by then nobody is keeping score anymore) session of classes at the
Crescent and International Ballrooms located on the 16th floor overlooking
the body of water down there.
After a break for lunch, the fourth and last session of classes will begin
around 2 PM, and by 4:30 PM participants will be free to spend the rest of
the afternoon on their own.
Sunday is Graduation night, and it begins at 7:30 p.m. with another
delicious dinner at the International Ballroom followed by the legendary
"student showcase." Returning this year the Amazing Tangringos,
Guillermo's-his-name-tango's-his-game and his lovely bride Joyce, Roberto
Milonguita and Amalia Dequerusa, and other exceptional dancers with a
distinctive personal style.
Then, right after the showcase, more dancing until the last one leaves...
Participants at one point are gently encouraged to leave so they may begin to
know what it means to miss New Orleans.
"A tango experience of a lifetime" - Bill and Bel
"Perfect - as only you can do it" - Ted and Eileen
"Off the chart" - Brenda and Alvin
"Fantastic" - Gary and Phyllis
"Fabulous event. What a memory" - Mike and Penny
"How fortunate we are to have you in our lives" - Walter and MariLynne
"You are the best" - Sabina and Joe
"A continuation of a great tradition. It's an honor to know you" - Jack and Mary