INFO & RULES

INFORMATION ABOUT ATUSA OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Official Argentine Tango USA Championship & USA Tango FestivalMarch 29- April 1, 2018 will be held at the superb San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel. Get you room reservation by March 20 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 Ministry of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, the highest authority regarding the organization, program planning and overall execution of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup -Mundial de Tango), and as such, the only official entity entitled to hand in official champion titles and  to send the US OFFICIAL representatives (champions) to compete directly at the SEMIFINAL ROUNDS of the Tango Dance World Cup in Buenos Aires every year, – avoiding 600 couples at the qualifying rounds.

ARGENTINE TANGO USA official JUDGES are evaluated and approved by the Direction of the Office of Festivals and Central Events (Tango World Cup) of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. The Direction of the Tango World Cup will appoint and send an Auditor from Buenos Aires to verify that the competition rules and regulations are applied correctly and to calculate the scores using the Tango World Cup formula. All categories in this Championship (official and non official) are evaluated by the the Official Judges and audited by the designated World Cup Auditor.

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

 

 CATEGORIES 2018: (see rules per category below)

  • “Tango de Pista” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers. Residence restrictions apply.
  • “Stage Tango” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers. Residence restrictions apply.
  • “Salon Tango Senior” – open to amateur dancers. Age restrictions apply. No residence restrictions.
  • “Milonga” –  open to both amateur and professional dancers. No age or residence restrictions.
  •  “Stage Tango Group”, Competition/Showcase  with evaluation by the Jury (open to amateur dancers directed by a teacher/choreographer). No residence restrictions.
  • NEW withheld 2018 category! Announcement and details coming soon!

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RULES

  • GENERAL RULES for all competitors
  • CHAMPIONSHIP RULES per category 

GENERAL RULES for all competitors:

  1. Competition VS private classes or workshops: competitors participating in the Salon Senior, Milonga or Stage Tango Group categories may register to all (or any) of the festival workshops and take private classes 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 and take private classes with all festival maestros on Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday competitors in the official categories will not be able to take private classes or workshops with Guillermina Quiroga, Junior Cervila, Guadalupe García, Adrian Veredice and Alejandra Hobert due to the fact that these maestros will be judging on Thursday and Friday evenings. However competitors are allowed to take classes with world tango champions Cristian Palomo, Melisa Sacchi, who will not be Judges at 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. A registration cannot be shared and is not transferable.
  4. If a contestant withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, no refund of the registration fees will be granted.
  5. All competitors must read the Evaluation Criteria per category to get ready for the competition.
  6. Contestants must always behave correctly and respect the judges, championship directors/coordinators, choreographers and other participants.
  7. All the competition rounds will be open to spectators.
  8. All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement. Any contradiction will be penalized.
  9. 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, demos, etc.—if they are summoned for such purpose.
  10. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
  11. Filming & 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.
  12. 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 March 29 and Second Qualifying round on Friday March 30 (“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 March 31 (“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 1 (“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 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 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. Accreditations 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. 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).

*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).

Rules for the Stage Group Competition/Showcase Category
  1. Stage Tango Group Competition or Showcase Category

    If less than 3 registered groups, this category will become a Stage Tango Group Showcase with evaluation by the Official Jury. The groups will perform one tango song on Saturday March 31.

    If 3 or more groups registered to compete, the Stage Tango Group Competition Category will consist of two stages:

    The Qualifying Round: All registered groups must participate. Groups will dance a unique qualifying round on Saturday March 31. Each group will dance one tango song.

    The Finals: groups selected in the qualifying round will pass directly to the Finals on Sunday April 1. Each group will dance one tango song.

  2. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the competition.
  3. 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.
  4. It is the responsibility of the group teacher/choreographer to pick up the Diplomas, Medals and team Trophies.
  5. 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).
  6. 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 is necessary. All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement.
  7. The Choreographer is required to make the members of the group know about the rules and evaluation criteria of the tournament.
Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category

Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category

  1. The Salon Tango Senior is an unofficial category open to amateur dancers who, by the date of the competition, are 60 years old or older.

    A Salon Tango Senior competitor may compete with a partner who is younger than 60 years old if the age difference between the competitor and their partner is not more than 8 years at the date of the competition.

  2. Professional tango dancers cannot compete in this category. No exceptions.
  3. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of an identity document 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.
  4. 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 March 31.

B. The Semifinals and Finals:

  • If there are 20 or more couples registered at the competition, there will be both a Semifinal and a Final round on Sunday April 1.
  • If there are 12 to 19 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.
  • If there are 8 to 11 registered couples at the competition, all couples will be evaluated by the Jury on Saturday and again on Sunday (there will be no elimination on Saturday and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced after the Final round on Sunday).
  • If there are less than 8 couples registered to compete at this category, all couples will be evaluated by the Jury on Saturday and again on Sunday (there will be no elimination on Saturday), and there will be a unique title and recognition for “Best Salon Tango Senior Couple 2018”.
Rules for the Milonga Category
  1. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to participate.
  2. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of an identity document 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.
  3. The Milonga category of the competition will consist of three stages divided in two days:
  1. A. The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Saturday March 31.
  2. B. The Semifinals and Finals:
    • If there are 20 or more couples registered at the competition, there will be both a Semifinal and a Final round on Sunday April 1.
    • If there are 12 to 19 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.
    • If there are 8 to 11 registered couples at the competition, all couples will be evaluated by the Jury both on Saturday and Sunday (there will be no elimination on Saturday and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced after the Final round on Sunday).
    • If there are less than 8 couples registered to compete at this category, all couples will be evaluated by the Jury both on Saturday and Sunday (there will be no elimination on Saturday), and there will be a unique title and recognition for “Best Milonga Couple 2018”.