INFO & RULES

Information

The Official Argentine Tango USA Championship & USA Tango Festival will be held on March 29- April 1, 2018 at the superb San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel which is just minutes from the San Francisco International Airport and 15 miles from downtown San Francisco. Get you room reservation by March 29 to be able to get the special discount rates* (information here: “Venue/Hotel”). *Please note that there is a limited number of rooms in our event room block so the sooner you book your room, the better.

ARGENTINE TANGO USA is the sanctioned OFFICIAL BRANCH in THE UNITED STATES to Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup organized by the Office of Festivals and Central Events of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Autonomous City Of Buenos Aires, which is the highest authority regarding the organization, program planning and overall execution of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup (Mundial de Tango).

ARGENTINE TANGO USA  is the only official entity entitled to hand in official champion titles and  to send the official US representatives (champions) to compete directly at the semifinal rounds of the Tango Dance World Cup in Buenos Aires every year.

No other competition or championships in the USA other than ATUSA is official and validated by Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup.

 

 ATUSA OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP  will consist of five categories:
  • “Tango de Pista” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers.
  • “Stage Tango” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers.
  • “Salon Tango Senior” – open to amateur dancers of 60 and older.
  • “Milonga” –  open to both amateur and professional dancers. 
  •  “Stage Tango Group”, will be a Competition/Showcase  with evaluation by the JuryL (open to amateur dancers directed by a teacher/choreographer).
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Rules

Please read the General Rules and the Championship Rules for each category which follows below:

General rules for all competitors:

FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHING

  • The Organization of the Preliminary reserves the right to record all the stages of the Championship, by any means known or to be known—including but not limited to filming, recording, photographing, digitalization, etc.—by itself or third parties, in order to promote and advertise the event. The recorded material obtained will be exclusive property of the Organization of the Preliminary, who will have to turn a copy of it,  to the Office of Festivals.
  • By entering the Championship, participants explicitly and irrevocably authorize the use of the recorded material, without this suggesting—or implying—any compensation for any reason whatsoever by the Organization of the Preliminary and/or the Office of Festivals, in favor of any person or organization that claims entitlement to any right that may be invoked. This clause also includes, without limitations, all photographic material published and/or made available for promotion, advertisement, etc.

REGISTRATION

  • Competitors participating in the Salon Tango Senior, Milonga or Stage Tango Group categories may register to all (or any) of the festival workshops with all  festival maestros.
  • Competitors participating in the official categories of Tango de Pista and Stage Tango may register to all (or any) festival workshops with all festival maestros on Saturday and Sunday, but will not be able to register to the workshops on Friday due to the fact that some festival maestros will be  judging on Thursday and Friday evenings.
  • All competitors must read the Evaluation Criteria per category which will be very helpful to get ready for the competition.
  • If a contestant withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, no refund of the registration fees will be granted. A registration cannot be shared and is not transferable.
  • A couple’s registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of these General Rules and the  Championship Rules (see below) by each one of the participants.

Championship Rules

Rules for the “Tango de Pista” (salon tango) and “Stage Tango” official 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 Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance first and second qualifying rounds on two separate days: First Qualifying round on Thursday April 13 and Second Qualifying round on Friday April 14 (“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 15 (“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 16 (“Tango de pista”: three pieces of music x 1 round / Stage Tango: 1 piece of music x 1 round).
  2.  A minimum number of 21 registered couples will be necessary to validate the “Tango de pista” Competition and a minimum number of 15 registered couples to validate the Stage Tango Competition.
  3. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
  4. Contestants may participate in different categories with the same or a different partner. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
  5. 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 year.
  6. 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, rent contract or similar) 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.Accreditations by third parties shall not be made.
  7. 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. There will be two substitute Judges for such cases (or the total score will be divided by the number of judges who evaluate the dancers: for example if the Jury is made out of 4 Judges and one of the Judges abstains from evaluating a couple, then that couple´s score will be divided only by 3, the number of the judges that did the evaluation).
  8. All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organization of the USA Official championship branch—such as press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over‐the‐air or cable television channels, etc.—if they are summoned for such purpose.

 

*Clarification on who can compete: Participation in both Salon 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).

Rules for the Stage Group Competition/Showcase Category
  1. The Stage Tango Group Competition/Showcase category, will consist of two stages:
    • The Qualifying Round: All registered groups must participate. Groups will dance a unique qualifying round on Saturday April 15. Each group will dance one tango song.
    • The Finals: groups selected in the qualifying round will pass directly to the Finals on Sunday April 16. Each group will dance one tango song.
  2. The group must be trained by a tango teacher/instructor/choreographer who will create the routine and will prepare the group for this competition/showcase. Groups must represent the city where the tango school/studio is located.
  3. A minimum number of 8 registered groups will be necessary to validate this category as a competition. If the numbers are lower, the competition will become a group showcase with evaluation by the Official Judges.
  4. If there are 8 or more registered groups, a trophy will be awarded for:
  • Best Choreography;
  • Best Technical Execution,
  • Synchronicity
  • Musical Interpretation.

If there are 4 to 7 registered groups, a trophy will be awarded for:

  • Best Choreography;
  • Synchronicity

If there are 3 registered groups, a trophy will be awarded for:

  • Best Choreography

With less than 3 registered groups, a plaque of recognition will be awarded to the teacher.

 

All contestants and schools will receive participation certificates.

 

  1. It is the responsibility of the group teacher/choreographer to pick up the Diplomas, Medals and team Trophies.
  1. Age: contestants in the group must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition. Member’s age in the group should be homogeneous (meaning 80 % of member’s age range should be within 15 years maximum difference between the youngest and the oldest).
  1. Contestants in this category may also register to participate in the Official “Tango de pista” and Stage Tango categories if they are eligible according to the rules (citizenship/residence restrictions apply), as well as in the Salon Tango Senior Amateur category if apply by age. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
  2. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the competition.
  3. The teacher/choreographer or responsible person for the group must confirm the group registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of an identity document (any ID, driver´s license or passport) is necessary. All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement.
  4. Contestants must always behave correctly and respect the judges, championship directors/coordinators, choreographers and other participants.
  5. The Choreographer is required to make the members of the group know about the rules and evaluation criteria of the tournament.
  6. All the competition rounds will be open to spectators.
Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category

Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category

  1. The Salon Tango Senior category of the competition will consist of three stages divided in two days:

A. The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Saturday April 15.

B. The Semifinals and Finals: If there are more than 14 couples registered at the competition, there will be both a Semifinal and a Final round on Sunday April 16.

  1. If there are 14 or less registered couples at the competition, the couples selected at the qualifying round will pass directly to the Finals (there will be no semifinal round) on Sunday.
  2. A minimum number of 14 registered couples will be necessary to have at least two competing rounds for Salon Tango Senior Competition. If the numbers are lower, the competition will become a tango senior showcase dancing one round on Saturday and one on Sunday, and there will be a unique title and recognition for “Best Salon Tango Senior Couple 2017”.
  3. The Salon Tango Senior is an unofficial category open to amateur dancers of 60 years old and older. In the case where one member of the couple is younger than 60, she/he can still compete with her/his partner provided that the age difference is no bigger than 8 years in respect to the minimum age to compete, -meaning a 60 year old person could still compete with a 52 year old person.
  4. Professional tango dancers cannot compete in this category. No exceptions.
Rules for the Milonga Category
  1. The Milonga category, will consist of three stages:

A. The Qualifying and Semifinal Rounds: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Saturday April 15.

B. The Semifinals and Finals: If there are more than 12 couples registered at the competition, there will be both a Semifinals and a Final round on Sunday April 16. If there are 12 or less registered couples at the competition, the couples selected at the qualifying round will pass directly at the Finals (there will be no semifinal round) on Sunday.

C. A minimum number of 10 registered couples will be necessary to have one round for the MILONGA Competition. If the numbers are lower, the competition will become a showcase dancing one round on Saturday and one on Sunday, and there will be a unique title and recognition for “Best Milonga Couple 2017”

  1. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
  2. Contestants may participate in different categories with the same or a different partner. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
  3. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to participate.
  4. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of the identity document (any ID, driver´s license or passport) 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. Accreditations by third parties shall not be made.
  5. All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement. Any contradiction will be penalized.
  6. 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 voting. There will be two substitute Judges for such cases (or the total score will be divided by the number of judges who voted: for example if the Jury is made out of 4 Judges and one of the Judges abstains from evaluating a couple, then that couple´s score will be divided only by 3, the number of the judges that did do the evaluation).
  7. All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organization of the USA Official championship branch—such as press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over‐the‐air or cable television channels, etc.—if they are summoned for such purpose.
  8. Contestants must always behave correctly and respect the judges, championship directors/coordinators, choreographers and other participants.
  9. All the competition rounds will be open to spectators.