We are very thankful for all the dancers, instructors and volunteers that made this years Tucson Tango Festival a great success.
The new venue, Casino Del Sol was a huge hit. Casino Del Sol is a 4 star destination resort that provides a great atmosphere for the festival. We look forward to a great event in 2018 and welcoming you to the Sonoran Desert next spring.
Lorayne and Jim Baker
WHAT IS CHANGING FOR THE 2018 TUCSON TANGO FESTIVAL?
The Tucson Tango Festival is moving to the second weekend of March for 2018, March 8-11. We will always strive to be the first weekend in March but for 2018 Casino Del Sol is hosting an NCAA golf tournament that weekend.
Room rates are: $119 for all nights. The $119 rate is extended to three days before and three days after the event so take a week off from the cold and enjoy spring in the Tucson desert. All rates are for up to 4 people. You will have to be registered for the festival to reserve a room. We had many people have to stay off site last year while having 20 rooms a night not be utilized because of late room cancellations by people that never registered for the festival.
Answers to Questions and some fun facts:
1) Is the smoke bad?
I am very sensitive to smoke and yes in the casino proper it is like all casinos. They have a great system for removing it but you still know it is there. We did not sense it at all in any restaurants but they do allow smoking in the bars. We will have taken over a huge amount of the hotel so this will help. You can walk from the hotel rooms, the pool, the parking garage and the ballroom with a very minimal, or no time, in the edge of the casino.
2) How is parking?
Lots of it and all free.
3) Resort fees, WiFi fees?
None of the above. There is a 10% occupancy fee so it is easy to calculate exactly what your bill will be.
4) How is the ballroom?
The ballroom can be up to 3 times bigger than the Marriott, high ceilings and very elegant. Absolutely no smoking in that entire part of the complex. This does not mean we have to use all the space and we will be keeping the festival's intimate feel.
5) How are the rooms?
4 star, elegant and a fridge in every room. NO SMOKING in any sleeping rooms.
6) How about transportation?
The Arizona Stagecoach and UBER are both good options for getting out to the resort. Because there is no parking fee you may also want to just rent a little car at the airport so you can tour the Old Pueblo at your whim.
7) How will the schedule compare to previous years?
We will once again offer two, three class progressive classes during the main festival starting Friday. You will need to register for these at the time of registration as they will have limited registration numbers. You will be committing to the entire series and can register just for a series if you wish. The Thursday night pre-festival classes were a hit. The two, two class stand alone series on Thursday will start early in the afternoon. These will be available as part of a full pass or can be purchased ala-carte. All the series and progressive classes will be an hour and 45 min. If you want to attend the early Thursday classes you will want to arrive either Wednesday or Thursday by around noon. There will be a full pass that does not include these classes so those that can not come in early are not charged for these classes.
8) Are the instructors set?
Yes, all instructors are set: Adam Cornett and Lilly Kimm, Oscar Casas and Jessica Alferoni, Homer and Cristina Ladas and Gustavo Benzecry Saba and Maria Olivera.
9) When will registration open and do we have to be registered to book a room?
Registration will open July 4th. Yes, you must be registered to book a room at the hotel. You will receive a code that can be used on the internet registration page or given on the phone if you call the venue to register.