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:
  • 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.

In the Tango de Pista category, couples will compete in group performances, dancing to three recorded songs, selected by the Organization.

In the Stage Tango category, each couple will compete individually, dancing to one song of their choice. The music piece shall not exceed (4) minutes and must be handed in to the Organization in digital format (two CD copies in good condition or mp3). Since the jury will evaluate the variety of choreographies exhibited, it is recommended that participants perform different choreographies for each of the Qualifying rounds, although this is not exclusive.

  • The Semifinals: Couples who have been selected in the Qualifying round will dance one round in the Semifinals on Saturday April 20.
  • The Finals: Couples selected in the Semifinal round will dance one round in the Finals on Sunday April 21.
  1.  A minimum number of 10 registered couples will be necessary to validate the “Tango de pista” and the Stage Tango competition.
  2. 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.
  3. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of check-in/accreditation.In order to check in, all contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the ATUSA Organization with a valid identity document (ID card such as green card or US passport; and in the in the case of participants with a different nationality and no green card, they should attend with a valid work visa which allows them to stay/reside in the USA and /or a valid rent/working contract issued more than a year before the date of the competition) to certify the place of birth or residence.
  4. Couples will receive the order number and be informed of the approximate dates and times on which they will perform in the different stages of the corresponding category. Those who do not check in 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.
  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.
  6. All the information provided at the time of check‐in will be considered a sworn statement. Any contradiction in the information, subsequent to the signature, may be penalized by the Organization with the subtraction of points, disqualification from the competition, or any other resolution that this
    body may establish.
  7. The organization will provide a complete panel of judges of at least 4 members for the Qualifying rounds ,Semifinals and Finals. Any jury member who may have had a work relationship or been the teacher of any of the participants in the OFFICIAL categories for a period of at least 6 months prior to the beginning of the competition, may refrain from scoring such participant. For this purpose, both the voluntary statements of the jury and the information provided by participants at check-in as a sworn statement will be taken into account. In these cases, to get the couple’s final score, the judges’ scores will be added, and this amount will be divided by the number of jury members who actually voted.
    The final score for each performance will result from the accumulation of points, given by each member of the jury on a scale of 1 to 10 (with decimals), in accordance with the criteria described in the following section.
  8. The Organization will be entitled to eliminate from the competition those participants that:
    a) Do not comply with the rules.
    b) Commit any moral offense or improper act that tarnishes the image of the Championship or
    may cause displeasure in the public.
  9. In order to ensure the impartiality and professional integrity of the jury members, contestants will not be able to participate in seminars, workshops and/or classes taught by any member of the jury, as long as they are in the competition. (This means that in the case a competing couple is eliminated, they are allowed to register to classes and take privates lessons as they will no longer be competing).


*Clarification about dance level: 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).