RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA

ABOUT ATUSA OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

ATUSA (Argentine Tango Usa) Official Championship & Tango Festival will be held at the superb San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel on April 18 -21, 2019.

Get you room reservation by April 2 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.

 

WHY OFFICIAL? 

ATUSA is the sanctioned branch in the United States of Tango Buenos Aires Festival & Dance World Cup (“Mundial de Tango”, which is 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) and therefore, it is bound by the rules and regulations of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup.

ATUSA represents TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL & DANCE WORLD CUP in the US, offering all competing couples the opportunity to shine in high level competition in front of an approved Official Jury Panel* formed by professionals of international renown and vast experience.

ATUSA is 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.

*ATUSA official JUDGES are evaluated and approved by the Direction of the Office of Festivals and Central Events 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 at ATUSA official competition 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.

*TANGO BUENOS AIRES DANCE WORLD CUP (Mundial de Tango) is the most magnificent impressive tango event  in the globe with the greatest international impact; it has completed 16 consecutive successful editions since 2003. It includes the colosal Tango World Cup  and an awesome tango festival. Thousands of dancers and audiences from all over the world come to the city to participate in the various activities offered by this celebration. Last August, 621 competing couples from 32 countries participated at the Tango World Cup and 10,000 people attended the Finals at the Luna Park!


 CATEGORIES 2019: (see specific rules per category below)

  • “TANGO DE PISTA” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers. Residence restrictions apply. This category is bound by the rules and regulations of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup.
  • “STAGE TANGO” – OFFICIAL; open to both amateur and professional dancers. Residence restrictions apply. This category is bound by the rules and regulations of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup.
  • “MILONGA” –  open to both amateur and professional dancers. No residence restrictions.
  • “SALON TANGO SENIOR” – open to amateur dancers. Age restrictions apply. No residence restrictions.
  • “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?” – open to amateur dancers. No residence restrictions.
  • “STAGE TANGO GROUP”, Competition/Showcase  with evaluation by the Jury (open to amateur dancers directed by a teacher/choreographer). No residence restrictions.

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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 the maestros who will be judging on Thursday and Friday evenings. However competitors are allowed to take classes with the maestros 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 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 per category

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).

Rules for the Stage Group Competition/Showcase Category

Stage Tango Group Competition or Showcase Category

 

  1. 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 April 20, 2019.
  2. With 3 to 5 registered groups, the Stage Tango Group Competition Category will consist of one round on Saturday April 20. 2019. Each group will dance one tango song.
  3. If 6 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 April 20. Each group will dance one tango song.
    The Finals: groups selected in the qualifying round will pass directly to the Finals on Sunday April 21. Each group will dance one tango song.
  4. Groups must be trained by a tango teacher/instructor/choreographer who will create the routine and will prepare his/her group for this competition/showcase. Groups must represent the city where the tango school/studio is located.
  5. It is the responsibility of the group teacher/choreographer to pick up the Diplomas, Medals and team Trophies.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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. Accreditation 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 April 20, 2019.

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 21, 2019.
  • 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 at the Prizes/Coronation Ceremony 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 2019”.
Rules for the Milonga Category
  1. 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. Accreditation by third parties shall not be made.
  2. The Milonga category of the competition will consist of three stages divided in two days:
  3. A. The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Saturday April 20, 2019.
  4. 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 21.
    • 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 at the Prizes/Coronation Ceremony 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 2019”.
Rules for “So you think you can TANGO?” Category

This is an unofficial category open to amateur dancers only.  There are no residence restrictions.

  1. In this category, men and women must register individually Registration is on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 20 men as leaders and 20 women as followers. If at the end of the registration process there are uneven numbers of leaders and followers, the extra participants registered in any of the two roles will not be able to take part in the competition and therefore their fees will be refunded.
  2. Dancing couples will be the result of a random matching of leaders and followers that will take place straight at the dance floor. They will  compete in groups and dance a round of three to four songs previously selected by the Committee.
  3. Dancers will change partners through a draw system for each of the three songs.
  4. Competitors who compete in other categories as well as professional tango dancers cannot compete in this category.
  5. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of an identity document is mandatory to obtain accreditation.
  6. There will be one unique round with no elimination (no semi-final or final rounds) on Sunday April 21. If there are more than 10 leaders and 10 followers registered, the total amount of dancers participating will be divided in two groups of equal numbers of leaders and followers for an optimum evaluation process.
  7. All dancers  will be evaluated individually by the Jury Panel who will determine a unique winner for each role.
  8. A title and recognition will be granted for “Best Argentine Tango USA Leader 2019” and “Best Argentine Tango USA Follower 2019” on Sunday at the Prizes/Coronation Ceremony.

 

COMPETITION REFUND POLICY

  • If a contestant withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, no refund of the registration fees will be granted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • A registration cannot be shared and is not transferable. NO EXCEPTIONS.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Please read the following important information below for the category/ies you want to register:

1. TANGO DE PISTA (official category; for professional and amateur dancers)

 Tango de Pista is understood as a social dance, where the most important is the musicality, the embrace and the connection between the members of the couple.

In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing to three pieces previously selected by the Committee.

  1. About the Position of Tango Dance:
    •  Once a couple forms a dance frame, the partners shall not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that they cannot break the embrace, which is considered as the Tango dance position.
    • For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. It is understood that, in certain figures, this may be flexible; but not throughout the entire piece of music.
    • All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
  2. The Judges will give special relevance to musicality , couple´s connection,  posture, elegant walking and the search for the couple´s personality.
  3. It is allowed to change the dynamics and the speed on the same tango.
  4. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used, including “barridas” (sweeps), “sacadas” (close to the floor), “enrosques” (twists) as well as some embellishments.
  5. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  6. “Ganchos” (hooks), “saltos” (jumps), “trepadas” (climbs) and any other  possibilities typically used in stage tango where both feet lose contact with the floor are completely excluded.
  7. Couples, as in a real dance hall, must constantly move counterclockwise without going backwards. However, they can perform one or two back steps if the movement requires it.
  8.  Couples must avoid remaining in the same place for too long to allow the floor circulation. In the case of a couple staying more than two musical phrases on the same spot, making it difficult for the round to circulate, the jury will consider lower the score.
  9. In the case of a couple stopping the dynamic of the floor circulation, it is not allowed to overtake. Jurors may consider whether this round should dance an extra song to solve the problem.
  10. There is no need for the couple to separate between tangos.
  11. Elegant social dance wear for women and traditional suits for men are advised although costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.

2. STAGE TANGO (official category; for professional and amateur dancers)

  1. In the Stage Tango Category, each couple will compete individually, dancing to a choreographed song of their choice. Couples can use different pieces of music and choreograpy for the first and second parts of the Qualifying round; however, it’s possible to use the same piece and the same choreography.
  2. Length of a piece has to be less than 3.30 minutes. Couples must prepare and submit a clean and good quality CD and/or pendrive that has 1-2 pieces of music (Tango only, no Milonga or Vals).
  3. All music must be recorded at the proper speed. Speed control will not be adjusted. Labels must be attached to CD’s with the following information: couple’s name, song name and orchestra name. It is suggested that you bring a backup in case there is a problem with your master copy.
  4. Participants will be able to express their personal view on the Tango dance: this means they may use movements, figures and applications that are not usually related to traditional Tango, however, the choreography must include traditional figures of Tango such as: ochos, turns, long walks, voleos, ganchos, and also the “milonguero embrace”.
  5. Couples may break the embrace and use techniques derived from other dance disciplines, as long as these are justified and performed for the benefit of the interpreter.
  6. Aerial tricks and other movements characteristic of other dances must not be excessive, (this means that they must not exceed one third of the performance). The couple must perform progressing (walking) sequences onto the floor using the whole scenic space.
  7. Tango costumes and make up maybe considered for evaluation (use of inappropriate costumes that are not typically for performing tango such as salsa or ice skating costumes will be penalized).
  8. If a technical problem should occur, the jury will decide if the  repetition of the choreography at the end of the assigned slot is necessary.
  9. In the case of a couple having a problem with the choreography, the couple will decide whether to continue dancing or not, but the couple will not be allowed to repeat the performance. The jury will indeed evaluate the manner and grace with which the couple has solved the problem.
  10.  The Judges will take into account the following criteria:
  • Choreographic composition
  • Preservation of the Tango essence
  • Use of the stage space.
  • Choreographic and postural techniques
  • Couple’s synchronicity
  • Choreographic effects
  • Music Interpretation
  • Musical accuracy

3. SALON TANGO SENIOR (for amateur dancers only)

  1. Couples dance together on the same floor while being judged by a panel of knowledgeable Argentine Tango Judges with international reputations.
  2. In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing three tango songs previously selected by the Committee.
  3. The embrace cannot be broken; partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. It is understood that, in certain figures, this may be flexible; but not throughout the entire piece of music. All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
  4. The Judges will give special relevance to the couple’s musicality, elegance, music interpretation and walking style.
  5. Participants may perform any figure commonly used, including “barridas (sweeps), “sacadas al piso” (sacadas close to the floor), “lápices”, “enrosques” (twists) etc.
  6. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), boleos altos (high boleos) and any other typically stage tango possibilities are completely excluded. Foot embellishments on the floor are allowed.
  7. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees.
  8. Couples must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid remaining in the same place for too long.
  9. Elegant social dance tango wear for woman and traditional suits for men are advised.

4. MILONGA (for professional and amateur dancers)

In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing to three pieces previously selected by the Committee

  1. About the Position of Tango Dance:
    • Once a couple forms a dance frame, the partners shall not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that they cannot break the embrace, which is considered as the Tango dance position.
    • For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. It is understood that, in certain figures, this may be flexible; but not throughout the entire piece of music.
    • All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
  2. The Judges will give special relevance to the musicality, fluidity, personality, and especially the milonga rhythm as essential evaluation points.
  3. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used.
  4. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage tango possibilities are completely excluded.
  5. Couples, as in a real dance hall, must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid remaining in the same place for too long to avoid the floor circulation.
  6. Costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.

5. “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?” (for amateur dancers only)

  • Posture, elegance, musicality, walking and technique will be the main points of evaluation for all dancers.
  • Dancers cannot break the embrace. It is understood that, in certain figures, the embrace can be flexible (open and close according to the figure); but not throughout the entire piece of music.
  • It is allowed to change the dynamics and the speed on the same tango. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used, including “barridas” (sweeps), “sacadas” (close to the floor), “enrosques” (twists) as well as some embellishments close to the floor.
  • “Ganchos” (hooks), “saltos” (jumps), “trepadas” (climbs) and any other  possibilities typically used in stage tango where both feet lose contact with the floor are completely excluded. Dancers may not lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  • Costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.
  • For the leaders role, the Judges will give special relevance to navigation (take into account that leaders should avoid more than two musical phrases on the same spot, making it difficult for the round to circulate; they should constantly move counterclockwise without going backwards although it is allowed to perform one or two back steps if the movement requires it. It is not allowed to overtake.

6. STAGE TANGO GROUPS (for amateur  dancers only,- directed by a teacher/choreographer)

  1. In this category, groups must be a minimum of 6 members and up to 12 members (3 to 6 couples).
  2. Each group will dance to a choreographed song prepared by a tango teacher/tango studio director/choreographer).
  3. Teachers must choreograph one piece (potpourri of different songs are not allowed).
  4. Length of a piece has to be no longer than 3 minutes. If the selected piece of music is longer than 3 min, the end of the song can be edited to match the 3 minute length.
  5. Teachers must prepare and submit a clean and good quality CD and/or pendrive the piece of music (Tango) that the group will perform. All music must be recorded at the proper speed. Speed control will not be adjusted. Labels will be provided for music and must be attached to CDs with the following information: teacher or group name, song name and orchestra name. It is suggested that you bring a backup in case there is a problem with your master copy.
  6. Whole scenic space must be used. The size of the dance floor should be taken into account when preparing the choreography, being 66’ x 40’.
  7. If any object/element is incorporated into the choreography, which is optional, (e.g., hats, chairs, fans,) it must be used in a way that makes sense in the choreography. The use of harmful materials such as powders, liquid, fire is prohibited. If the stage is littered by participants’ props or costumes, please be prepared to clean the stage immediately after the routine has finished.
  8. The routines will consist primarily of tango moves with proper technique (all tango styles are allowed) but it is mandatory routines include traditional figures of Tango such as ochos, long walks, voleos, ganchos, molinetes and also the “milonguero” embrace. Movements should be expressive of feelings and should interpret the music.
  9. Techniques, movements, figures and applications that are not usually related to traditional Tango derived from other dance disciplines can be used, as long as these are justified in the choreography.
  10. A maximum of 3 aerial tricks are permitted in this category, (although they are not compulsory).
  11. Choreographic components must be present in the choreographic composition:  Introduction, body and end.
  12. Use of space, time, energy and shape of the movement (row formations, canons, displacements, focus) creativity, style, richness and complexity of movement, dynamics,  the shape and choreography design will be taken into account.
  13. There should be similarity and accuracy in the execution of choreographed movements among the group members; fluidity and apparent ease in his realization will be observed. If choreographic resources such as CANON are used, it must be done with integral precision, certainty and clarity by each and everyone of the competitors.
  14. The choreography must be adapted to the level of the dancers, according to the age of each participant and individual development, without demanding more than what they can really do and using what they indeed can achieve. When the choreography is very demanding due to its difficulty, the competitor cannot enjoy performing it and therefore this will prevent them to express their spontaneity.
  15. The Judges will take into account the following criteria:
  • Choreographic composition (choreographic effects & resources;  choreographic and postural techniques; use of the stage space)
  • Preservation of the Tango essence
  • Synchronicity: group and couple’s synchronicity
  • Musical Interpretation (ability to use of both rhythmic and melodic variations as well as the harmony achieved between the music and the movement in the whole group will be taken into account).