Miami Beach Tango Festival
- Dubbed "the largest tango event outside Argentina", the 13th annual Tango Fantasy Festival, also known as the US Tango Congress, will take place in Miami Beach, Florida, between May 21 and May 26, 2009, with the participation of world-renowned stars of the genre, organizers announced Thursday.The festival, which gathers hundreds tango dancers from around the world and a host of guest teachers from Argentina,will take place at the historic "art déco" Deauville hotel (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) and will include a spectacular show-with-dinner, on Sunday, May 24th, performed by the masters of the dance.This year's roster includes some of the leades of the so-called "Nuevo Tango" trend, like the Argentine couples Gustavo Naveira-Giselle Anne, two former members of the Broadway hit "Forever Tango," Carolina Zokalski and Diego di Falco, and longtime tango couples like Guillermo Salvat-Silvia Grynt, Pablo Repun-Alicia Masforrol, and Silvina Valz-Oliver Kolker, among others.
Teachers are scheduled to offer special classes that total of about 16 hours a day during the Tango Fantasy festival.
Special registration packages (they do not include travel and hotel accommodations) will offer attendees admission to classes for the 5-day event, which in the US coincides with the Memorial Day weekend, traditionally marking the start of the summer vacation season.
The landmark Deauville, which is located in the historic "art déco" area, offers a wide variety of double occupancy rooms, most of them with a sea view, as well as other facilities such as a swimming pool, bar and other accommodations.
For further information, see www.tangofantasy.com or call organizer Lydia Henson at (305) 275-2802.