Rules for the “Tango de Pista” and for “Stage Tango” categories (National-Official; for amateur and professional dancers)

  1. The “Tango de pista” and Stage Tango categories of the competition will consist of three stages:
    1. The Qualifying Rounds: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance first and second qualifying rounds on two separate days: First Qualifying round on Thursday April 18 and Second Qualifying round on Friday April 19 (“Tango de pista”: three tangos per round / Stage Tango: one tango per round).
    2. The Semifinals: Couples who have been selected in the Qualifying round will dance one round in the Semifinals on Saturday April 20  (“Tango de pista”: three tangos per round / Stage Tango: one tango per round).
    3. The Finals: Couples selected in the Semifinal round will dance one round in the Finals on Sunday April 21 (“Tango de pista”: three pieces of music x 1 round / Stage Tango: 1 piece of music x 1 round).
  2.  A minimum number of 20 registered couples will be necessary to validate the “Tango de pista” competition and a minimum number of 10 registered couples to validate the Stage Tango competition.
  3. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the competition. However, being this the Official USA Tango Championship, applicants must prove that they have been residents in the USA for at least 1 (one) year.
  4. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. Those who do not do it will not be able to participate in the championship. A delay will only be considered in duly proven cases of force majeure, except in the event of circumstances of public knowledge. The presentation of the identity document (birth certificate, passport, a valid rent or working contract issued more than a year before the date of the competition) to certify the place of birth or residence in the city they chose to represent is mandatory to obtain accreditation. It will not be necessary that the two members of the couple submit for accreditation; it can be done by one of the members bringing both documents. Accreditation by third parties shall not be made.
  5. At the time of accreditation, contestants will have to complete a form with their personal details, and with any other additional information required by the organization. On this form, they shall inform if they have had a work, professional or personal relationship with any of the members of the jury at the competition, during the last 180 days prior to the championship so that the judge/s in questions abstain/s from evaluating that couple. The organization will provide a complete panel of judges of at least 4 members for the Qualifying rounds and of 5 members for the Semifinals and Finals. (The total score will be divided by the number of judges who evaluate the dancers: for example if the Jury is made out of 5 Judges and one of the Judges abstains from evaluating a couple, then that couple´s score will be divided only by 4, the number of the judges that actually evaluated the couple).

*Clarification on who can compete: Participation in both “Tango de Pista” and Stage Tango Categories competitions are open to everyone. Professional dancers and amateur dances of intermediate level and above compete in the same category according to the rules established by Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup. Adherence to these rules qualifies our competition to be recognized as valid by the main Buenos Aires event.

The distinction between a “professional” and “amateur” dance has less to do with the level of skill and more with a professional status of the dancers. “Professional” means that dancers make a living from teaching and dancing/performing tango, and “amateur” means that they do not, but it does not always imply that the level of the professional couple dance is superior to the level of the amateur couple.

There are dancers for whom tango is their main source of income. They are likely to be good instructors, but their level of dance and performance can vary: the professional couple can be excellent at dance or not so great. On the other hand, there are good amateur couples who do not teach tango and get no income from performances, but have achieved an exceptional level of dance. There is also the case of stage dancers who only dance choreographed pieces, but are helpless when it comes to social dancing: they cannot dance in milongas. Finally, there are very skilled social dancers (people who only dance in milongas), but who neither teach nor perform tango. They might be excellent salon dancers. To accommodate different ways in which dancers excel at tango, the two divisions for the competition were established: “Tango de Pista” (salon tango; social category for both amateurs and professional) and Stage Tango (performance category for amateur advanced level and professional level dancers).