Rules & Evaluation Criteria


GENERAL RULES:

Last update: January 15, 2021

Mandatory information for competition participants:


ATUSA CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES:

  • “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.
  • “VALS” – open to both amateur and professional dancers. No residence restrictions.
  • “SALON TANGO SENIOR” – open to social dancers (amateurs). No professionals allowed. Age restrictions apply. No residence restrictions.
  • “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?” – open to social dancers (amateurs). No professionals allowed. 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.

RULES FOR THE OFFICIAL CATEGORIES (Tango De Pista & Stage Tango)

Entry to both categories is open to amateurs and professionals*.


REGISTRATION

1. To be eligible to register, dance partners must be 18 years of age at the start date of the competition and must demonstrate – with legal documents * – a minimum of 1 (one) year of residence within the area of influence of the corresponding Preliminary (the USA). * You must bring a proof of citizenship or residency in the United States for the past year (for example US passport, green card, residential lease, student ID or work visa)

2. No one will be allowed to register two or more times in the same category, but a person can register in different ones, with the same or a different partner. If both members of the couple are natives or residents of different cities, they will have to choose the city of residence or birth of either one, as couples are allowed to represent only one city.

3. The following individuals will not be allowed to compete: staff of the BA FESTIVALS; organizers of Official Preliminaries and jury members of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup and its preliminaries; sponsors and/or staff of companies that sponsor the PRELIMINARY, or another person with a permanent or temporary relationship with the Office of Festivals.

4. Participants that have seriously breached the competition rules and have been disqualified or eliminated of previous editions of any Preliminary Competition, Buenos Aires Tango Championship or Dance World Cup will will not be allowed to compete. The elimination must have been instrumented in an official document with the due endorsement of BA FESTIVALS.

5. A registration cannot be shared and is not transferable.

6. If a contestant withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, no refund of the registration fees will be granted.

7. A registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of these Rules and the Evaluation Criteria by each one of the participants.

CHECK‐IN

1. In order to check in, all contestants previously registered must attend on the date and time specified by THE ORGANIZATION of the Preliminary, with their national ID card or passport (original copy). (e.g. green card or US passport to certify the place of birth or residence. 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). At this opportunity, they 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.

2. At the time of check‐in, contestants will have to complete a form with their personal information, 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 member of the jury from the competition, in the last 6 months (180 days) prior to the championship, such as: having a personal and affectionate relationship with one or more members of the jury; having taken private classes with one or more members of the jury; presenting a choreography in Stage Tango that has been created, reviewed or prepared with one or more members of the jury; having one or both dancers of the couple hired one or more members of the jury – or been hired by one of them- to participate in the same event, performing exhibitions or giving classes within it. This statement made by the contestants will be evaluated by the supervisor and checked with the members of the jury in order to define if any of them will need to refrain from scoring any participant.

3. 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.

4. The national ID card or passport and the registration form must be shown at every stage of the competition.

5. All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by THE ORGANIZATION of the Preliminary—such as press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over‐the‐air or cable television channels, etc.—if they are summoned for such purpose.

COMPETITION

1. The competition, in both categories, can be developed in 3 (three) stages, according to the schedule established by THE ORGANIZATION: a) Qualifying Round, b) Semifinal, c) Final.

a) Qualifying Round: All registered couples will participate. They will dance one time or twice (on the same or on a different day) according to the schedule. First Qualifying round on Thursday April 9 and Second Qualifying round on Friday April 10, 2020.

b) Semifinal: Couples that have been selected in the Qualifying Round will participate on Saturday April 11, 2020.

c) Final: Couples that have been selected in the Semifinal will participate on Sunday April 12, 2020. In the Tango de Pista category, couples will compete in group performances, dancing to three recorded songs, selected by 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 four (4) minutes and must be handed in to THE ORGANIZATION in digital format (mp3 file, storaged on a Flash Memory Drive) during the check-in instance. In that same instance, participants must state the name and surname of the author or authors of the choreography they will present (as it will be requested in the form to be completed). Couples may present different choreographies in the different stages of the contest.

2. At the time of the competition, at least ten couples must attend the qualifying rounds for the competition to be considered official (regardless of the number of couples previously registered). Otherwise, the championship will cease to be official and the winning couple will not be classified to compete in the semifinal instances of TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020 (see PRIZES).

3. THE ORGANIZATION will be entitled to eliminate from the competition those participants that: a) Do not comply with the rules; b) Carry out, in the context of or on the occasion of the Competition, inside and outside its facilities, any action of physical and/or verbal aggression against any person, whether participant, member of the jury or the staff, or general public. In the presence of any of these assumptions, THE ORGANIZATION and BA FESTIVALS will implement the disqualification or elimination of competition, for either or both competitors, through documentation proving the reasons for the measure.

4. 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 with all festival maestros/judges as they will no longer be competing).

JURY

1. In both categories, the jury will be composed of a minimum of 4 (four) members, who— understanding and accepting the rules of the competition, and committing to their compliance—will determine the score of the participating couples. The juries will be appointed in accordance with BA FESTIVALS and THE ORGANIZATION of the Preliminary.

2. All the decisions of the jury will not be subject to appeal. By enrolling, participants accept this condition. In case of distrust or disagreement, participants may submit a written statement (in Spanish or English) to THE ORGANIZATION and NOT directly to the panel of evaluating judges. Any jury member who may have had a work relationship or been the teacher of any of the participants of the Preliminary for a period of at least 6 months close 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 when enrolling 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 EVALUATION CRITERIA per category (mandatory document, please read below).

3. The jury will choose a winning couple in each category. Also, the jury (with the agreement of THE ORGANIZATION) may grant awards and special mentions to the second and third place, and will be entitled to award other mentions if deemed appropriate.

4. In exceptional cases (power interruption, incidents on stage, etc.), the jury and the supervisor may determine that contestants should dance to additional songs to arrive at a fair verdict. Participants may not refuse to perform.

5. In case of a tie, the couples with the same final score will have to break the draw, either by dancing two additional songs in the Tango de Pista category, or by performing a new choreography in the stage tango category, until a winning couple emerges from the votes of the jury.

SUPERVISOR

Appointed by BA FESTIVALS, the Supervisor will bear the responsibility of ensuring the compliance of the present Rules and properly solve any inconvenience not considered in these Rules and establish or inform about the clarifying or interpretative rules that he considers necessary.

FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHING

THE ORGANIZATION of the Preliminary reserves the right to record all the stages of THE COMPETITION, 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, as established by the Collaboration Agreement, to BA 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 BA 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.

A couple’s registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of these Rules by each one of the participants.


*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).


GENERAL RULES for all other categories: Salon Senior, Milonga, Vals, “So you think you can tango?” and Stage Group.*

1. Registration and Check-in/Accreditation

  1. Contestants must be at least 18 years oldby 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. Contestants must always behave correctly and respect the judges, championship directors/coordinators, choreographers and other participants.
  4. All competition rounds will be open to spectators.
  5. Competitors’ registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of the General Rules, the Specific Championship Rules and the Evaluation criteria per category.
  6. In order to check in, all contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the Organization of the Preliminary, with their national ID card or passport (original copy). At this time, they will receive the order number and will be informed of the approximate performance times for each category.
  7. 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.
  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, demos, etc.—if they are summoned for such purpose.
  9. A registration cannot be shared and is not transferable.
  10. If a contestant withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, no refund of the registration fees will be granted.
  11. Competition VS Workshops / Private classes: competitors participating in the Salon Senior, Milonga, Vals, “So you think you can Tango?” or the Stage Tango Group categories may register to all (or any) of the festival workshops and take private classes with all festival maestros,- including the maestros who are judges.

(Clarification: Competitors participating in the official categories of Tango de Pista and Stage Tango will not be able to participate in seminars, workshops and/or classes taught by the maestros who are also members of the jury, as long as they remain in the competition. This means that in the case a competing couple is eliminated, the couple will be allowed to register to classes and take privates lessons with the maestros who are judges, as they will not be competing any longer).

2. 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 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.

3. Jury

The Jury will be composed of a minimum of 4 (four) members for all categories, who—understanding and accepting the rules of the competition, and committing to their compliance—will determine the score of the participating couples. The juries will be appointed in accordance with the Office of Festivals and Central Events and the Organization of ATUSA.

All the decisions of the Jury will not be subject to appeal. By enrolling, participants accept this condition. In case of distrust or disagreement, participants may submit a written statement (in Spanish or English) to the Organization and NOT directly to the panel of evaluating judges.

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.

The Jury will choose a champion couple in each category. Also, the Jury (with the agreement of the Organizer) may grant awards and special mentions to the second and third places, and will be entitled to award other mentions if deemed appropriate.
In exceptional cases (power interruption, incidents on stage, etc.), the jury may determine that contestants should dance to additional songs to arrive at a fair verdict. Participants may not refuse to perform.

In case of a tie, the couples with the same final score will have to break the draw, either by dancing two additional songs.

4. SUPERVISOR/AUDITOR

Appointed by the Office of Festivals and Central Events, the Supervisor will bear the responsibility of ensuring the compliance of the Official Championship rules; properly solve any inconvenience not considered in these Rules; establish or inform about the clarifying or interpretative rules that he considers necessary and calculate the scores using the Tango BA World Cup formula.


SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA per category (all categories described

A. SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA for TANGO DE PISTA

TANGO DE PISTA is conceived as a social dance, where the most important aspects are the music, improvisation, embrace and connection between the members of the couple.

Circulation of couples:

  • Couples, as in a real dance hall, will dance in rounds and will have to constantly move counterclockwise without going backwards. They will be allowed, if needed, to walk one or two step backwards at most always within the space of the couple.
  • The couple must be aware and respectful of their own and other couples’ space in the round in order not to break the harmony when moving around. If a couple performs more than two phrases in the same spot, obstructing the circulation on the dance floor, the Jury may consider lowering their score.
  • In the event that one couple stops the flow of traffic around the dance floor, it is not possible for other couples to go past them. If the jury deems it necessary, the round of couples may have to dance to another tango to solve the inconvenience.
  • Once formed, the couple must not separate while the music is playing. For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained at all the time by the arm of the other. It is understood that in certain figures this may be flexible, but not throughout the whole duration of the dance.
  • All movements and figures must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace, so as not to get in the way of the other couples dancing. The leader may invite the follower to walk and/or turn to their right or left, without taking steps backwards on the dance floor.
  • It is not necessary for partners to break the embrace between tangos.


EVALUATION CRITERIA

1. The couple may perform any commonly used figures of “social” tango, including “barridas” (sweeps), “sacadas al piso” (drawn to the floor), “enrosques” (twists), “ganchos” (hooks), “boleos”, etc., as well as embellishments always within their own space, without standing in the way of couples dancing around them.

2. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.

3. Jumps, figures that involve lifting both feet off the ground and any other choreographic possibilities typical of Stage Tango are completely forbidden.

4. The Jury will take into account the couple’s own interpretation in different styles as fundamental to the score. They will also consider their musicality, elegant walking style, but especially the connection between partners and the search for their own expression, as well as the ability to change the dynamics and speed accordingly depending on the tango being played.

5. Costumes: Outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process, but dancers are recommended to dress smartly. When choosing the outfit, hairstyle and make-up, please be reminded that Tango de Pista is a social dance and not a stage dance.


B. SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA for STAGE TANGO:

  1. Each couple will offer an individual performance with a song of their choice that shall not be more than four (4) minutes long.
  2. In case of having a problem with the choreography, the couple will decide whether to continue dancing or not, and the Jury will evaluate the manner and grace with which they solve the inconvenience; but the couple will not be allowed to repeat the performance.
  3. If a technical problem should occur, the Organization along with the Jury will evaluate the repetition of the choreography at the end of the assigned performing time slot.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1.  Participants will be able to express their view of the Argentine tango dance. This means that couples will be allowed to perform movements, figures and embellishments that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional elements of tango: figure eights, spins, long walks, boleos, hooks, and the “milonguero embrace.”
  2. Couples will be able to break the embrace and use techniques from other dance disciplines, as long as they are justified and enrich the performance of the dancer.
  3. Aerial tricks and movements from other dance disciplines must not be excessive. This means that they must not exceed a third of the overall performance. The couple must include floor movement sequences throughout the whole stage floor.
  4. Costumes: Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.
  5. The following points will be taken into account:
  • Choreographic composition
  • Preservation of the Tango essence
  • Use of the stage space.
  • Couple’s synchronicity
  • Choreographic effects
  • Music Interpretation
  • Musical accuracy

SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR SALON TANGO SENIOR

Couples will compete in groups, dancing three tango songs previously selected by the Committee.

  1. 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.
  2. Participants may perform any figure commonly used, including “barridas (sweeps), “sacadas al piso” (“sacadas” close to the floor), “lápices”, “boleos”, “enrosques” (twists) etc.
  3. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps) and any other possibility typical of stage tango are completely excluded. 
  4. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Foot embellishments on the floor are allowed.
  5. Couples must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid remaining in the same place for too long.
  6. The Judges will give special relevance to the couple’s musicality, elegance, music interpretation and walking style.
  7. Elegant social dance tango wear for woman and traditional suits for men are advised.

SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR MILONGA

In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing (social) milonga 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 (closed embrace is advised). 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. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used.
  3. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage possibilities are completely excluded.
  4. Dancers may not lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  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. The Judges will give special relevance to the musicality, fluidity, personality, and especially the milonga rhythm as essential evaluation points.
  7. Costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.

SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR VALS

In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing (social) VALS 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. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used specially the specific ones for Vals such as turns, counters turns, syncopated walking, boleos, ect.
  3. Saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage tango possibilities are completely excluded.
  4. Dancers may not lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  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. The Judges will give relevance to the fluidity in the dance, the specific rhythm description (syncopation for vals)and music interpretation as essential evaluation points.
  7. Costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.

SPECIFIC RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR STAGE GROUP

  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 tango piece or a compilation of two tango songs (potpourri of different rhythms such as tango and milonga; tango, milonga and vals, or tango and vals 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 song can be edited to match the 3 minute length.
  5. Teachers must prepare and submit a clean and good quality pendrive with 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 must be attached to the pendrive 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 and are not excessive.
  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 & complexity of movement and dynamics.
  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 every one 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.The judges will take into account the following criteria:
  • Choreographic composition (the shape and choreography design will be taken into account).
  • 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).

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 the Official 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 Saturday April 11, 2020. 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 trophy and a title and recognition will be granted for “Best Argentine Tango USA Leader 2020” and “Best Argentine Tango USA Follower 2020” on Saturday evening after the competition is over.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Posture, elegance, technique, connection to the partner and walking style 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, couples may perform any commonly used figures of “social” tango, including “barridas” (sweeps), “sacadas al piso” (drawn to the floor), “enrosques” (twists), “ganchos” (hooks), boleos, etc, as well as embellishments always within their own space, without standing in the way of couples dancing around them.
  • “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 leader’s role, the Judges will give special relevance to musicality, improvisation and 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.
  • For the follower’s role, the Judges will give special relevance to the ability to fully connect to the leader, the skill of following (anticipation or back leading will be penalized), and the technique.

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.