INFORMATION, RULES & EVALUATION CRITERIA

ABOUT ATUSA OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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WHY OFFICIAL? 

ATUSA is the sanctioned branch/preliminary 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 Official Jury Panel* formed by professionals of international renown and vast experience evaluated and approved by the Tango BA Dance World Cup and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires.

Participants must be  US Citizens or residents in the US of at least one year to be able compete in any of the two official categories. There are no residence restrictions for the other categories.

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 unique TANGO dANCE WORLD CUP in Buenos Aires every August, – avoiding 600 couples at the qualifying rounds.

ATUSA Official Championship will be supervised by the Official Auditor appointed by the Office of  Festival and Central Events of the City of Buenos Aires and the Tango BA Dance World Cup. The Auditor will verify that the competition rules and regulations are applied correctly and will 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 Tango BA Dance World Cup auditor.


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*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 17 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, over 700 competing couples from 36 countries participated at the Tango World Cup and 10,000 people attended the Finals at the Luna Park!


 CATEGORIES 2020:

(you will find the specific rules p/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.
  • “VALS” – open to both amateur and professional dancers. No residence restrictions.
  • “SALON TANGO SENIOR” – open to social dancers. No professionals allowed. Age restrictions apply. No residence restrictions.
  • “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?” – open to social dancers. 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.

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RULES

  • GENERAL RULES for all competitors

  • SPECIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP RULES per category

GENERAL RULES for all competitors:

A. Registration and Check-in/Accreditation

  1. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
  2. Contestants may participate in different categories with the same or a different partner. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
  3. Contestants must always behave correctly and respect the judges, championship directors/coordinators, choreographers and other participants.
  4. All the competition rounds will be open to spectators.
  5. All competitors must read the Specific Championship Rules and the Evaluation Criteria per category to get ready for the competition (see below).
  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. A registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of these General Rules, the Championship Rules per category (see below)and the Evaluation Criteria per category (see below) by each one of the participants.

B. 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.

C. 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.

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 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 no longer will be competing).

D. 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. Please note that for the OFFICIAL categories, there are other rules carefully stated under the Specific Championship Rules for Tango de pista and Stage Tango categories.

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 and the supervisor 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 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.

E. SUPERVISOR/AUDITOR

Appointed by the Office of Festivals and Central Events, 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/she considers necessary.


SPECIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

(Please read all rules for the category/ies you have registered)

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 9 and Second Qualifying round on Friday April 10, 2020.

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 11.
  • The Finals: Couples selected in the Semifinal round will dance one round in the Finals on Sunday April 12.
  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 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).
  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).

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 Friday April 10, 2020.
  2. With 3 to 6 registered groups, the Stage Tango Group Competition Category  will happen and will consist of one round on Friday April 10, 2020. Each group will dance one tango song.
  3. If 7 or more groups registered, 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 Friday April 10. The groups selected in the qualifying round will dance again on Saturday April 11 and the winning group will be announced after the competition finished.
  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 teacher/choreographer to pick up the 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 VALS category

Rules for the Vals Category (amateurs and professional dancers)

  1. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to participate in this category.
  2. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. In order to check in, contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the ATUSA Organization with a valid identity document. Accreditation can be done by one of the members of the couple bringing both documents.
  3. Couples will receive the order number and be informed of the approximate dates and times on which they will perform. Those who do not check in will not be able to participate in the championship.
  4. The organization will provide a complete panel of official judges of at least 4 members.
  5. 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.
  1. The Vals category of the competition in 2020 will consist of two stages:

A. The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Sunday April 12, 2020.

B. The Semifinals and Finals:

  • If there are 11 or less registered couples, there will be no elimination and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced directly at the Prizes Ceremony on Sunday evening.
  • If there are 12 to 22 registered couples, the couples selected at the qualifying round will pass directly to the Finals (which means there will only be an elimination round) the same day. The Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced at the Prizes Ceremony on Sunday evening.
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 (who is 60 or older) 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. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to participate in this category.
  3. Professional tango dancers cannot compete in this category. No exceptions.
  4. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. In order to check in, contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the ATUSA Organization with a valid identity document. Accreditation can be done by one of the members of the couple bringing both documents.
  5. Couples will receive the order number and be informed of the approximate dates and times on which they will perform.
  6. Those who do not check in will not be able to participate in the championship.
  7. The organization will provide a complete panel of official judges of at least 4 members.
  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.

The Salon Tango Senior category will consist of two stages divided in two days as long as there are at least 13 registered couples. (For the case of less than 13 registered couples, the competition will consist of one stage happening on Thursday April 9, 2020. See details below):

A. The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Thursday April 9, 2020.

  • If there are  11 or less registered couples, there will be no elimination, and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced on Friday evening, (together with the results for the 2nd qualifying rounds of the official categories and the stage groups competition/showcase).
  • If there are 12 to 20 couples registered, the couples selected at the qualifying round will dance a final round on Friday and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced that same evening (together with the results for the 2nd qualifying rounds of the official categories and the stage groups competition/showcase).
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 11, 2020.
  4. B. The Semifinals and Finals:
    • If there are 11 or less registered couples at the competition, there will be no elimination on Saturday and the Champions, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced on Sunday April 12 at the Prizes Ceremony.
    • If there are 12 to 22 registered couples at the competition, the couples selected at the qualifying round on Saturday will pass directly to the Finals on Sunday (there will be no semifinal round).
    • If there are 23 or more couples registered at the competition, the couples selected at the qualifying round on Saturday will pass to the Semifinals on Sunday. The Final round will also be on Sunday April 12.
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 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.


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 per category

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

  1. 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 case of a couple stopping the dynamic of the floor circulation, it is not allowed to overtake. If the jury deems it necessary, the round of couples may have to dance to another tango to solve the inconvenience.

2. Position of Tango Dance:

    • Once formed, the couple must not separate while 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 (the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained  all the time by the arm of the other. 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 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.

3. 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.

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

5. Jumps, “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 FORBIDDEN.

6. 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.

7. 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.


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 choreography 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 4.00 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. It is suggested that you bring a backup in case there is a problem with your master copy.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Costumes: Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.
  7. Participants will be able to express their personal view on the Tango dance: this means they may perform movements, figures and embellishments that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional
    elements of tango: ochos, turns, long walks, voleos, ganchos, and also the “milonguero embrace”.
  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:
  • Choreographic composition
  • Preservation of the Tango essence
  • Use of the stage space.
  • Couple’s synchronicity
  • Choreographic effects
  • Music Interpretation
  • Musical accuracy

3. SALON TANGO SENIOR (for amateur dancers only)

Couples 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. The Judges will give special relevance to the couple’s musicality, elegance, music interpretation and walking style.
  3. Participants may perform any figure commonly used, including “barridas (sweeps), “sacadas al piso” (“sacadas” close to the floor), “lápices”, “enrosques” (twists) etc.
  4. 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.
  5. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees.
  6. Couples must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid remaining in the same place for too long.
  7. 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 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. 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. Dancers may not lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  6. 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.
  7. Costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.

4. VALS (for professional and amateur dancers)

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. 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.
  3. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used, specially the specific ones for Vals such as turns, counters turns, syncopated walkins, ect.
  4. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage tango possibilities are completely excluded.
  5. Dancers may not lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Embellishments are allowed within this limit.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 tango piece or a compilation of two tango songs (potpourri of different rhythms such as tango and milonga ; tango, milonga cals, 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 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).