Vantangofest closes the curtains


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Unfortunately and with great sadness Vantangofest will be closing the curtain on all future Vantangofest events.

We would like to thank all of those who participated and supported our festival for the last 3 years … Every one of them was memorable.

Our volunteers who stepped up to the plate and gave of themselves…. their time .. and their homes. It would have been impossible without you.

Our out of town participants … Thank you for coming from all parts of the globe to celebrate this wonderful tango event with us.

Our local tango community …. Who exceeded our expectations with their support and participation.

Our artists and DJ’s….. Spectacular performances, instruction and so very easy to accommodate. Music that kept us dancing all night and then inspiring us to dance some more.

And of course ….. my very good friends and partners Claude & Hazel …. Steven & Joanna .. who did so much work behind the scenes … a special thank to Hazel for keeping it all together and keeping us all in line …

I thank you all ….

Here is a video by ACE3DFX ( Ramin Shadr) … one of our local tangueros and videographer …. Enjoy …

Photos can be found here …
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Vantangofest 2012 Photos


Vancouver Tango Festival May 19th, 2012

Some wonderful photos of the Vantangofest 2012 Grand Ball and performances taken by our photographer Yukiko Onley can now be seen on our website. VTF 2012 Photos

If you wish to purchase the photo in a higher resolution you can do so by contacting Yukiko directly … Her email is…..

Other miscellaneous photos taken by Donato Juarez, Mike Johnston and myself have also been posted.

I will post more as I receive them.

Posted by Clarry …..

Vantangofest 2012 … an unqualified success


Vantangofest has always had a reputation for being a class act and this year was no different.

Tangueros from all over the world came to celebrate Argentine tango in Vancouver.

Artists travelled from Europe & Argentine  …. our DJ’s from Alaska … Seattle … Portland … and Vancouver

Milena Plebs, Aurora Lubiz & Luciano Bastos, Patricia Hilliges & Matteo Panero, Carolina del Rivero & Donato Juarez, Maria Ines Bogado & Sebastian Jimenez were all there giving workshops and classes for all levels.

The best tango music from around the world was presented and played by DJ’s Dan Boccia, Mike McCarrel, Anton Sukhanov and Lucio Grave kept everyone dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Second to none was the spectacular Saturday night Grand Ball. Each artist danced two numbers and then all the artists danced the Cumparsita together. I had the enormous privilege of dancing with Milena Plebs for this dance.

Here are the performances posted on Youtube. – Vancouver Tango – Steven & Joanna – Vince Lam

We hope to have the official Video / DVD by ACE3DFX and photos by Yukiko Onley available soon.

The success was due in a large part to the volunteers of the Vancouver tango community who gave of their time and in some cases their homes in order to make everyone feel welcome and to ensure that the festival went without a hitch.

Thanks to Erika & Don …. Sally & Mike …. Susan & Geoff … and Sandra ….. for making the artists and DJ’s comfortable and taking care of them in their homes.

A personal thanks to Claude & Hazel and Steven & Joanna. It would have been impossible without them.

Posted by Clarry …..

Diamond Workshops For Everyone


The coveted Diamond workshops are now available to everyone ….

The criteria remains the same

    Couples only
    Max 8 couples per workshop
    Advanced dancers please

Information is available here … Diamond Classes

You can now buy them individually for $40.00 per workshop here …… Registration

Many are almost full so please register ahead indicating 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences.

Places will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Posted by Clarry …..

Let the Tango Begin …


Vantangofest fever is definitely in the air …..

Payment on line will be closed on Wednesday night . After that payment can be made by cash credit or debit (no cheques please) at the registration desk  (at Monica’s on Thursday and at the Croatian Cultural Centre from Friday morning)

  • Fri 10am – 5pm
  • Sat 9.30am – 5pm
  • Sund 10.30am – 5pm

Cash, Credit and Debit will be also accepted at the Grand Ball on Saturday night. However, payment at the milongas will be CASH ONLY 

All pass holders please have your passes for entry into the Grand Ball. This is your entry ticket. You will need them to get in. They cannot be replaced if lost or stolen

 The fun begins …..

We kick off on Thursday at Monica’s Libertango with the now famous milonga class with Aurora  and Luciano

Please note … The lesson is included in the Gold, Bronze and Pass and it is part of our regular Vantangofest workshops. The entry fee for the milonga is $8.00 . It is not included in any of our package so please pay at the door. Cash only.

Friday, registration is open at the Croatian Cultural Centre for tonnes and tonnes of tango fun …. Start your day with Denise for some YOGA  .. then … Workshops…. Practicas … Milongas … Shoes … Clothes .. Artwork .. ..Massages… food .. beverages …with tango rockin’ DJ’s at our milongas and practicas

Saturday … ..the celebration continues … meeting new friends from all over the world who share the same passion … THEN … the crème de la crème  … the GRAND BALL …. Where we showcase the very best in Argentine tango. Performances people pay lots of money for are available on you doorstep … take advantage of it for only ($35) … bring your friends for a reduced observer’s rate ($25) …But we aren’t finished … Head off to Hazel’s favourite … the all-night milonga at Tango a Media Luz ….If you have never been to an all-night milonga .. now is the time …

Sunday … Just when your think that your feet are going to abandon you … your body is crying out for just a little bit more sleep … and your mind is awash in a sea of newly learned boleos… ganchos … camindas .. paradas … enrosques .. etc.. etc.. .. You come alive …

Monday …. Sadly .. all good  .. great .. fantastic ..things must come to an end … and where better to celebrate the passing of an exceptional 4 days of pure tango … than at Santiago & Deborah’s ‘La Lunita’ milonga …

Please note … The entry fee for the milonga is $8.00 . It is not included in any of our package so please pay at the door. Cash only.  

That’s it for me … come and see for yourself …



Vantangofest Promotional Video


A video of last year’s festival Vantangofest 2011 can be seen by clicking here …. Vantangofest Video …. We had over 400 people at the Grand Ball in the magnificent auditorium of the Croatian Cultural Centre.

People from all over the world came to enjoy our festival and our city…..

We hope to see you here for Vantangofest 2012.

Vantangofest 2012 – Private Class Incentive


This year’s Vantangofest 2012 from May 17 – 21 is less than a month away.  Preparations are being fine tuned to ensure that Vantangofest will be as successful if not more successful than previous years.

Ticket sales have already surpassed last years sales by a substantial amount with the leader / follower ratio being very evenly matched which is always great news for followers.

Our thanks of course …goes to you….. Our tango community ……who really support tango in Vancouver. So many of you have already offered your time and in some cases your homes in order to make this a success.

One of the changes we have made this year is to introduce a BEGINNER package and an ADVANCED (Diamond) series of workshops. Both have been very popular with our DIAMOND series being already 50% sold. At this stage, the DIAMOND series is available only as a $15 option for GOLD PASS holders.

From May 1 – May 10, we will put all the names of paid pass holders…. GOLD … SILVER .. .& BRONZE … into a draw for a $100 gift certificate towards a PRIVATE CLASS with our ARGENTINE MASTERS … The  winner gets to choose.

So if you are going to get a GOLD .. SILVER or BRONZE PASS … Now is the time .. !!!! It will also save you some time at registration desk … Just pick up your tickets and go …

Vantangofest 2012 Argentine Tango Masters