|Time||Di Sarli Ballroom||Pugliese Ballroom||D´Arienzo Ballroom|
|10.00 am to 11.15 am||
All Levels Tango
|Available for private classes or for salon competitors’ rehearsals|
|1.15 pm to 2.30 pm||
All Levels Milonga
|Available for private classes or competitors’ rehearsals|
|2.45 pm to 4.00 pm||
|Available for private classes or competitors’ rehearsals|
EDUARDO SAUCEDO is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a Master Teacher and Dancer of Argentine Tango (all styles), Choreographer, DJ, MC, and Producer of Tango Shows, Internationally recognized for his love and passion for the dance.
Eduardo travels the world sharing his culture and knowledge of tango, bringing his message of Love, Passion, Joy, Life with Respect and Freedom for Peace in the World.
He considers Tango to be an admirable art form that expresses body, mind, spirit and soul. His professionalism, clear communication and positive energy motivates and inspires everybody,
His teaching is creative and practical focusing on subtle details of the movement and body language. His teaching blends reason, logic, emotions and personality to create a pure and authentic tango embrace.
Eduardo has complemented his training with studies in various dance disciplines as well as theatre and acting, and is a continuing student of the Performing Arts. He has performed in theatres, appeared on radio and television and taken part in various International Tango Festivals such as Portland Tangofest and Nora’s Tango Week in San Francisco.
As an invited teacher and performer Eduardo has participated for 11 years in CITA, the prestigious International Tango Festival held yearly in Buenos Aires.
Eduardo has taught and performed in the traditional and popular Milongas (Dance Clubs) in Buenos Aires such as Salon Canning and Almagro among others and in El Viejo Correo where he was also a co-host for several years.
He taught in the majestic La Confiteria Ideal in Buenos Aires –
“La Gran Dame de la Belle Epoque” for 10 years,
The essence of Buenos Aires can be felt in his dancing and teaching,
Eduardo is the creator, director, co-choreographer and co-producer of the dinner show “Tango Cafe- Una Noche Ideal” presented with much success for three seasons at the legendary Confiteria Ideal,
In 2002 Eduardo presented the Show – “Tango” in association with “Por El Amor Del Tango” on Saltspring Island, Canada,
He choreographed and co-produced the Tango Show “Passion & Joy” in 2012 and “Tango-Fusion d’Amor” in 2013 with Tango by the River, Sacramento, CA.
In 2014 Eduardo was the MC and lead performer in the 1st Seattle Showcase “Mi Camino” produced by Michelle Badion.
Eduardo was invited to participate in the National Geographic Documentary Series “Consequencias” 2010 and to participate in the European Documentary “My First Tango” released in 2014.
Studio Eduardo Saucedo is located in Palermo, Buenos Aires, where Tango and Art related activities are being coordinated and produced.
|Time||Di Sarli Ballroom||Pugliese Ballroom||D´Arienzo Ballroom|
|10.00 am – 11.15 am||
|Available for private classes|
|11.30 am – 12.45 pm||
All Levels Tango
|2.15 pm – 3.30 pm||
|3.45 pm – 5.00 pm||
|Time||Di Sarli Ballroom||Pugliese Ballroom||D´Arienzo Ballroom|
|10.00 am – 11.15 am||
All levels Tango
|Available for private classes or rehearsals|
|11.30 am – 12.45 pm||
Pre – Intermediate Tango
|2.15 pm to 3.30 pm||
|3.45 pm to 5.00 pm||
Born and raised in Argentina, Mr. Asprea dance background includes classical ballet (Colon Theater Superior Institute of Art – I.S.A. – Buenos Aires, Argentina) and modern dance (Taller de Danza Contemporanea del Teatro San Martin de Buenos Aires). Since 2015 he is an American Ballet Theater Certified Teacher.
In 1990 Mr. Asprea joined As an argentine tango dancer his long list of credits includes his work as choreographer and performer with the original cast of “Tango 2000” (1997, artistic director Néstor Marconi), with “Tango Argentino Show” that officially represented the Argentine Republic at the Universal Exposition 1998 (Lisbon, Portugal), with Pablo Ziegler’s “Tango: Passion and Swing – When Tango meets Jazz” at the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival #8 (Orvieto Italy, 2001) featuring Paquito de Rivera, Joe Lavano, and Julia Zenko, among other artists, with he Sexteto Mayor’s “Tango Show – Hommage to Astor Piazzolla”, featuring Amelita Baltar (Artistic Director and principal bandoneonist José Libertella), with the Nueva Compania Tanguera for the production “Catalogo Tanguero” at the Duse Theater in Bologna, Italy, in 2005 (artistic director Mariachiara Michieli, musical director Cesar Stroscio), with “Milonguero Nights”-Moscow Tango Festival” (Moscow, 2006), and with “Emozione Pura”-Florence International Tango Festival (2007, Florence, Italy).
Mr. Asprea has performed and taught argentine tango workshops in 20 countries and more than 150 cities around the world, including Buenos Aires (Argentina), Paris, Nimes, Le Mans, Amiens, Metz, Strasbourg, etc. (France); London, Manchester, Bristol, Norkfolk, (UK); Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Genova, Ancona, Venice, etc. (Italy); Frankfurt, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Munich, Freiburg, etc. (Germany); Montreal, Toronto, Victoria, Quebec (Canada); Lisboa, Porto, Viseu, etc.(Portugal); Madrid, Barcelona, etc.(Spain); Zurich, Basel, Chur, Pizol, etc. (Switzerland); Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yaroslav (Russia); Kazan (Kazakhstan); Prague (Czech Republic); Feldkirch (Austria); Brussels (Belgium); Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Malmo (Sweden); Athens, Santorini, (Greece); Istambul (Turkey); Montevideo (Uruguay); New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Albuquerque, etc. (US) and many others cities around the world.
In 2012 the mega latin music star Charly Garcia commissioned Mr. Asprea to create a choreography for Garcia’s song “No Soy un Extraño”, which was premiered and performed by ABT member Luciana Paris and Claudio Asprea himself within Charly Garcia’s Broadway show at the Best Buy Theater in New York in April 2012.
Luciana Paris and Claudio Asprea have performed on NYC, Germany, Luxembourg and France.
In 2013 Mr. Asprea was guest performer and argentine tango master teacher at both the “The Official USA Championship & USA TANGO FESTIVAL” in San Francisco, CA, from April 17 to 20, 2013 (Official Local Branch Tango Buenos Aires Festival & Dance World Cup), and at the “13th New York City Tango Festival- “Celebrate Tango” from 22 to 28 July, 2013.
He currently teaches argentine tango at Steps on Broadway Dance Studios, and at Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport Studios, in New York.
In 2015 Mr. Asprea is Guest Artist with Musical Bridges Around the World Festival, where his new choreographic work on composer and bandoneonist Juan Pablo Jofre’s Hard Tango will premiere at Tobin Center for the Performing HEB Performance Hall, featuring Juan Pablo Jofre, the Grammy award nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet, and Claudio Asprea partnered by award-winner dancer Snejana Petrova, a regular on Dancing with the Stars and You Think You Can Dance TV shows.
Claudio took his first steps at an early age. His roots come from his grandfather, Hector Contreras, who was his mentor in the early stages of his Tango training. He then followed teachings by Juan Aurelio, Juan Carlos Copes, Virulazo, Antonio Todaro, Pepito Avellaneda, Gloria and Eduardo, Dinzel, N. Guichanduc,- world-famous recognized “Maestros “ who contributed extensively to his training.
After dancing in various tango shows in Buenos Aires, such as CASABLANCA, LA VENTANA, MICHELANGELO and El QUERANDI, he began his international career abroad. Claudio has performed in several important venues in the world such as the Walter Kerr and Marquis on Broadway New York, for 2 years; Olympia in Paris, Colon Theatre, Luna Park Auditorium Astral Theatre and Cervantes Theatre in Buenos Aires and the National Auditorium and Fine Arts Theatre in Mexico.
Has worked with the most famous and recognized Tango orchestras such as Osvaldo Pugliese, Mariano Mores, Sexteto Sur, El Arranque, Sexteto Mayor and Color Tango, among others.
His talent has earned him roles in the most renowned international stages in Broadway, Europe, Asia and America in shows alongside major companies such as Tanguera, Tango Seduccion, Tango Argentino and Forever Tango.
Based on this knowledge and experience he later formed a new project, his own show “Latin Tango” where he is the director and choreographer. His excellence led him to different countries teaching classes and being invited as jury of the most important championships and festivals of Tango around the world.
During his career Claudio participated in important events with recognized dancers. Today he is partnered with Helena Fernandez. They form one of the most prestigious Argentine tango dance couples for their artistic versatility that allows them to interpret the most diverse styles, from tango salon, fantasy and traditional to the most modern and innovative.
Currently they are part of their own show “Tango’s Heart” on Tour through Europe, North America and South America.
Viviana is a professional trained classic ballet dancer with a National Teacher s Degree from the National School of Dance in 1984.
She developed her early dance career and experience at the internationally renowned Colon Theater of Buenos Aires and obtain a professional Ballerina Diploma in the same year.
She performed in different nationally recognized Modern and Jazz Dance companies including the “Julio Boca Company”, touring extensively throughout Argentina.
In 1989 began her career as a professional tango dancer with Juan Corvalan as a soloist couple to Mariano Mores Company “Tango” which toured 10 years throughout Latin America and Europe until 1996.
In 1992 she was invited to participate in the “Expo Seville 92” with famous Argentine singer Libertad Lamarque.
In 1994, Viviana was hired as special guest by Quincy Jones representing Argentina at the “Concert of the Americas” in Miami, USA.
In 1998 they were hired as choreographers for Peter Breuer director of the Salzburg Ballet Company -Austria- for the creation of the Ballet “Un tango de Amor” released in that year.
Viviana and Juan were the main dancers at the show Tango Pasion since its creation in 1992 until 2008 performing their own choreography at the show.
They toured all around the world with the great Orchestra “Sexteto Mayor”
They participated at the documentary in 2001 with Jose Libertella as a leading couple “ Con el Tango en el Corazon”
From 2008 till 2012 Viviana was hired as a judge in several Tango World Championships held in Argentina, and all around the world.
She made several Tango Fashion Shows with her Tango clothing brand Mimi Pinzon
In 2010 she was hired by academy films to create the choreography for the TV Ads/Commercials ‘Last Tango in Compton,’ By Jon Glazer
Broadway ¥ Longacher Theater, Munich ¥ Deutsches Theater, Washington D.C. ¥ Wolftrap, Istanbul ¥ Acckhava Arenal, Madrid ¥ Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Frankfurt ¥ Frankfurter Oper, Amsterdam ¥ The Carre Theater, Vienna ¥ Ronacher Theater, Cologne ¥ Kolner Philharmonie, Brussels ¥ Le Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin ¥ The Metropole Theater, Paris ¥ Theatre des Champs Elysees,Helsinki ¥ Savoy Teateri, Saint Petersburgo ¥ The October Theater, Moskow ¥ The Kremlin, Barcelona ¥ Teatro Tivoli, Palma de Mallorca ¥ The AuditóriumBerlin ¥ Deutsche Oper, Dublin ¥ The Olympia, Singapore ¥ Harbor Pavillion, Hong Kong ¥ Tsin Tsan Town Hall,Washington D.C., Zurich ¥ Musical Theater, Athens ¥ The Herodian Acrópolis, Roskilde ¥ Roskilde Festival among others.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she trained for ten years in modern dance and ballet and received her “Ballet and Modern Dance Superior Teacher” degree from the National School of Ballet of Argentina. Since 1995 she has taught, performed, and choreographed tango around Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S.
Over the last ten years, her tango school “Makela Tango” has become one of the most well-known tango institutions in the Los Angeles area with rave reviews by her students. Her guided practice “PRACTICA ELECTRICA”, has been running continuously each Monday for the last 7 years. Makela Brizuela is especially known and appreciated for her attention to detail and her passion for teaching. Acknowledging that every student has individual goals, she is deeply committed to helping each and every one of her students in their tango growth. As a credit to her commitment to her students’ development, some of her students have become popular social dancers, tango organizers, and/or performers in Buenos Aires and the US.
In order to incorporate the cultural aspect of tango in her teaching, Makela has organized several immersion classes during which she has taken her students to Buenos Aires to experience, appreciate, and learn about tango culture.
Makela was the first Argentine instructor to ever teach and perform in Maputo (Mozambique, Africa) to a group of enthusiastic students who previously had very little exposure to tango. Indeed her performance and instruction in Mozambique prompted one of the members of the Argentine Foreign Affairs Department to refer to her as an “Argentine Ambassador”.
As a choreographer, she directed the critically acclaimed “Urban Tango” in Los Angeles (2006/7). She also choreographed “Camila, the Musical” for Santa Monica College, which was selected as part of the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals in 2008. Other choreography work includes: “Dance in Fight” at Pepperdine University, and “Tango Cabaret” at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Over the last two years Makela has also choreographed and trained her own performance team, which is going to premiere their program “Sueño Azul” in Los Angeles in February 2013.
Makela’s performance credits include “Tango Nuevo Cabaret” at the Ford Amphitheater partnering with Marcelo Molina, US Tango Champion 2011, and sharing the cast with Forever Tango fellow dancers Tamara Bisceglia and Federico Paleo. She again performed with Marcelo Molina at the movie premier of ‘Clandestine Childhood ‘, screened by the Argentine Consulate and the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Other tango performances at prestigious venues include performances at the Roy and Edna Disney Calarts Theater (Redcat), the Alex Theater, and The Ricardo Montalban Theater. She also performed on TV (Univision) and was featured in many short films. Most recently she was part of the UNICEF video “La Bala” directed by Simon Brand and renowned choreographer Michael Schwandt.
During her career she has also partnered, performed and collaborated with prominent tango performers from Buenos Aires such as Sergio Cortazzo (Tango x dos), Fabian Irusquibelar (Tango Porteño, Tango Metropolis, Copes Troup) among others.
and has specialized in Argentine Tango for the past 19 years. One of the most respected teachers and choreographers in the U.S. today, Christy has been featured on San Francisco’s KTVU Segment 2 Report, KPIX/Channel 5 Evening Magazine, and nationally in Dance Spirit Magazine. Christy’s teaching method has been published by Dance Vision www.dancevision.com in 4 manuals including Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum levels. These manuals are accompanied by a series of 20 instructional DVDs with partner George Garcia.
Christy’s choreographic credits include Los Diablos Ganchos cruise ship show, Teatro ZinZanni’s Love, Chaos, and Dinner with Joan Baez, and Tango del Cielo featuring harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. Christy has also been a coach for Cheryl Burke (of Dancing with the Stars fame) for her performance in Forever Tango, as well as for the Smuin Ballet of San Francisco in their production of Tango Palace in 2003 and 2011.
Christy’s performance credits include CITA (international Tango congress) 2010, 2011 & 2012 in Buenos Aires, Tanghetto shows in Buenos Aires and Montevideo,
NCL’s Tango at Sea Cruises, MonTango U.S. tours, The 28th Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the 49er’s Half Time, TANGO X 3 at the Palace of Fine Arts and ongoing dinner shows at Pena Pacha Mama Restaurant and numerous corporate events in San Francisco.
Christy is one of the founding members and main choreographers of the all female tango company, Tango Con*Fusion, with whom she has performed across the U.S. and in Buenos Aires. The company have taught and performed at Lady’s Tango Week in Buenos Aires for the past 2 years and host the annual San Francisco Lady’s Tango Week in partnership with Johana Copes.
Christy has partners with tango greats Pampa Cortes, Marcos Questas, Daniel Lapadula and Eduardo Saucedo. Carlos Gavito and Marcela Duran were her first and most influential maestros.
In 2013 Christy became the first American judge for the USA Tango Championships and is proud to be returning for the 3rd year of this wonderful competition.
Classical dancer since she was 3 years old, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in London (2000), with great experience in many styles of dance (classic ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, samba, flamenco), Helena Fernandez becomes an international tango dancer and choreographer after 10 years of study and dedication to this dance. She was on tour to teach workshops and to perform in several shows in Europe, Asia and America. She also graduated in Physiotherapy specialized in neurological patients, which gave her extra tools to include tango-related concepts in her women´s technique classes.
Helena participated in many televisions programs in Rede Globo de Televisão; she mounted choreographies for renowned actors and actresses (Cristiane Torloni in Dança dos Famosos, Paulo César Grande, Louise Cardoso) and performed on board of MSC Música being the main dancer of Tango season (Europe 2012-2013) for six months. She performed at important theaters abroad (London: Leicester Square Theatre, Korea: Lotte World Theater, Brazil: Teatro dos 4, Liceu de Artes e Oficios etc); made special participations in shows such as “Tango Glamour” (sponsored by Aparecida Belloti) and “Baila Brasil” (sponsored by Edu Cigano) in Brazil, where she was a judge at several dance competitions: Festival Nacional de Dança – Brasil; Belém do Pará em 2009 e 2010. She also performed at “Tango Seducción” dance Company directed by Gustavo Russo, in 2014.
Helena was an official Judge at the World Cup branches in Greece, Italy and Brazil.
She also performed at well-known milongas in Buenos Aires: Confitearia Ideal, La Marshal, Grisel, and danced to well-known traditional orchestras such us “Sexteto Milonguero”, “Carla Algeri” orchestra, and “Color Tango” among others Currently she performs at dance shows, and is working both as a tango and latin rhythms teacher in Brazil, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Helena partnered with one of the best dancers and artist of the tango world, “CLAUDIO VILLAGRA”. Together they form one of the most prestigious Argentine tango dance couples for their artistic versatility that allows them to interpret the most diverse styles, from tango salon, fantasy and traditional to the most modern and innovative.
Helena is the owner and director of two tango schools in Europe named “C&H Tango”.
Leandro Oliver is Argentine. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since he was 8 years old. His main masters and trainers in the Argentine Tango field have been Ricardo Oliver, Jorge Dispari, Miguel A. Zotto, Carlos Copello, Osvaldo Zotto, Juan Carlos Copes, Gabriel Angio, Natalia Games, between others.
His background formation also includes Drama (Omar Pacheco), Jazz Dance (Laura Roatta, Sandy Brandawer) between other disciplines. He develops his career as a Master, Choreographer, Dancer and Jury of the most important Tango Championships.
Leandro is Master of many renowned teachers. He has started being a Tango Professional Dancer since he was very young. Some of the world’s most highly regarded tango shows he has belonged to are: “TANGO X 2,“NISSAN TANGO BUENOS AIRES,’ “COPES TANGO COPES”, “TANGUERA“ and “TANGO EMOCION,” “MISA CRIOLLA” . . . and more.
For more than 12 consecutive years, Leandro has developed his Artistic Career next to her partner Laila Rezk. Leandro has also participated in TV shows (RAI, BBC, NHK, FUJI TV, TELEFE, CANAL 13, AMERICA TV, ATC) and interviewed in different radio programs as well.
He is judge of the Official Tango Championships in Argentina and also in different venues (USA, Asia and Europe). He is one of the creators and artistic directors of “TANGO CON LAS ESTRELLAS FESTIVAL” and he is annually invited to teach and perform in the most prestigious Tango Festivals both nationally and internationally.
Laila Rezk was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her dance and artistic background includes Classic Ballet (Estudio Gurquel Lederer & Teresita Campana), Jazz Dance (Estudio Gurquel Lederer & Manuel Vallejos). Miguel Angel Zotto, Milena Plebs, Guillermina Quiroga, Alejandra Mantinian, Graciela Gonzalez, Gabriel Angio and Natalia Games are have been her principal Tango Masters.
As an Argentine Tango professional, Laila unfolds as a Master, Choreographer, Dancer and Jury of the most important Tango Championships. She has been developing her artistic and professional Career next to Leandro Oliver, who has been her partner for more than 12 years.
For many years, she has belonged to one of the world’s most highly regarded tango shows “TANGO x 2 COMPANY” (from Miguel A Zotto). She has also participated in EXPO AICHI JAPAN, EXPO JATA TOKYO, TANGO LIBERTAD and has also participated in many important Festivals in Argentine, USA, Asia and Europe. Laila participated in TV shows (RAI, BBC, NHK, FUJI TV) and interviewed in different radio programs as well.
They are judges of the Official Tango Championships in Argentina and also in different venues (USA, Asia and Europe). She is one of the creators and artistic directors of “TANGO CON LAS ESTRELLAS FESTIVAL” and they are annually invited to teach and perform in the most prestigious Tango Festivals both nationally and internationally.
Tomas Galvan, came from disciplines related to body language, began his life in dance at 13 years, has worked in prestigious tango houses as “Taconeando” and “Piazzolla Tango”.
Second in the metropolitan city tango salon championship Bs. As 2009.
He has worked for prestige tango companies as “Tangueros del sur” Natalia Hills, “Identity tango” and “Tango X Two” Miguel Angel Zotto.
He taught and gave performance in countries such as England, Greece, Italy, Russia, China, etc.
Finalists of the world championships in stage tango and tango salon on several occasions.
He has worked as a choreographer and consultant for various dance groups from Argentina.
He was judge in the national championship of tango, Zarate city 2015 and 2016.
Among the major events stand out, having danced at the Vatican in celebration of the birthday of Pope Francisco.
He is co-author of the book “art for life” published in Argentina.
Along with Gimena Herrera were the creators of the play “Tango de raza” running his own company “Malevaje”.
Currently are artists, dancers, directors and choreographers of his recent show “Earth and Fire walking” and presented in Argentina and soon staged in cities of USA and the world.
Gimena Herrera, came from disciplines related to the sport, began her career in dance tango in adolescence, she has working in prestigious tango houses of Buenos Aires as “Taconeando” and “Piazzolla Tango”.
Second place in the metropolitan city tango salon champions, Bs. As, 2009.
She has worked for prestiges tango companies “Tangueros del sur” Natalia Hills, “Identity tango” and “Tango X dos” Miguel Angel Zotto.
she taught and gave performance in countries such as England, Greece, Italy, Russia, China, etc.
Finalists of the world championships in stage tango and tango salon on several occasions.
She has worked as a choreographer and consultant for various dance groups from Argentina.
She was judge in the national championship of tango, Zarate city 2015 and 2016.
Along with Tomas Galvan were the creators of the play “Tango de raza” running they own company “Malevaje”.
Ivan Leonardo Romero is the winner in “Tango Escenario” of the Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup (Campeonato Mundial deTango de Buenos Aires, Argentina) of 2004, held in Buenos Aires since 2003. Since then, he travels the world teaching both professional and amateur dancers.
Silvana Nunez has been a professional tango dancer since 1999. She has been teaching tango in many schools in Argentina and has been part of the jury panel in various official tango championships and competitions.
Together, they worked at the Hotel Faena dancing for the prestigious show Rojo Tango and the “Café Los Angelitos” show. They also travelled to many countries throughout Northern and Southern America, Europe and Asia.
In August 2015 they worked as artistic directors of the International Tango Festival in Montreal (free style tango) . His was a very special edition as it brought together many World Champion teachers in their respective categories: salon and stage!
In August 2014 they worked as Judges and Masters for the World Tango Championship in Medellin, Colombia.
In Argentina, they have also been members of the jury of the prestigious Buenos Aires´ Youth Tournament and the Metropolitan Competition since 2005, as well as of some of the official branches of the Tango World Championship in different locations, both in Argentina and abroad!
They also performed as the soloist couple with prestigious orchestras (Vale Tango, Sexteto Major, Seleccion Nacional de Tango, etc.) and with famous artists such as Rodolfo Mederos, Lidia Borda, Ariel Ardit, among others.
Ivan and Silvana worked in many tango festivals and were part of dance companies such as Copes Tango Copes, Compania Roberto Herrera and Chantecler.
Accomplished artists as well as experienced artistic directors and choreographers, they are an important creative reference for many dancers.
GENERAL RULES for all competitors:
Entry to both categories is open to amateurs and professionals*.
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.
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
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
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.
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) Commit any moral offense or improper act that tarnishes the image of the Championship or
may cause displeasure in the public.
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 as they will no longer be competing).
4. 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.
5. 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
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
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.
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).
Stage Tango Group Competition or Showcase Category
Rules for the Vals Category (amateurs and professional dancers)
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:
Specific Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category
Couples will compete in groups, dancing three tango songs previously selected by the Committee.
This category will consist of two stages divided in two days as long as there are at least 12 registered couples.* (For the case of less than 12 registered couples, the competition will consist of one stage happening on Thursday July 7, 2022):
– The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one qualifying round on Thursday July 7, 2022.
*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.
– The Finals: 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.
Festival Registration and Refund Policy for 2022
Daughter of Argentinean singer Estela Raval and musician Ricardo Romero (creators of Los 5 Latinos), Mónica was born in Buenos Aires. She studied jazz and contemporary dance specialising in modern dance. Mónica is a natural performer and studied with some of the most prestigious Argentine teachers and choreographers: Nuri Cid, Beatriz & Victor Ferrari, Moria Chapman, Olga Francés, Hector Estevez and Daniel Fernandez.
Mónica appeared in many musicals such as Chorus Line, El Diluvio Que Viene and La Sexta Esposa with famous artists such as Moira Casan, Susana Gimenez, Nélida Lobato, Porcel and Olmedo. She was lead dancer in major TV productions Porcel’s Program, Badia & Company and Percivalle’s Show.
Mónica joined the Juan Carlos Copes tango company where she met her husband Omar Ocampo and as Los Ocampo, they have toured the world performing, teaching and choreographing. She co-directed and created the show Tango Bravo with Omar Ocampo and has performed in and created many notable tango shows including Tango Pasión which toured world-wide for more than 17 years.
Mónica now divides her time between the Los Ocampo tango and folkloric schools round the world and touring commitments to perform and teach. In Buenos Aires, she and Omar are directors of the annual folkloric festival, “Encuentro con Los Maestros” and are members of the official jury at the Tango Championships both in Argentina and worldwide.
Omar is an exceptional and gifted dancer, a passionate milonguero and folklorista. Born in Entre Ríos he started his professional career in Buenos Aires when, at age 16, hearing of the dance master Santiago Ayala, “El Chúcaro”, he discovered his mentor and spiritual father.
“El Chúcaro” and Norma Viola invited Omar to join their folkloric company Ballet Argentino. Omar quickly progressed to be the lead dancer and dance master of the company, travelling round the world with them for eleven years. During this time he created lead roles in some of the most important masterpieces in the genre: El Martín Fierro, La Vida de San MartÍn, Homenaje a Ezequiel Navarra, Juegos Pampeanos and the famous Del Gaucho Al Compadrito, specially choreographed for him by “El Chúcaro” and noted for containing a beautiful and tasteful disrobing during his transformation from gaucho to compadrito.
While pursuing his folkloric career, Omar was for several years a member of the Juan Carlos Copes tango company where he met his wife Mónica Romero and, as Los Ocampo, they went on to tour the world performing, teaching and choreographing.
Today considered the best dancer of Argentine folklore, Omar is the repetiteur and curator of the choreographies of Santiago Ayala “El Chúcaro” and Norma Viola and their natural successor. As an honorary teacher, each time he returns to Argentina, he gives classes of Folklore to the Ballet Folklórico Nacional. He is a senior judge at many folkloric and tango competitions.
As a choreographer Omar is an exponent of all the Argentinean dance forms. His show Tango Bravo, developed with his wife Mónica, blends Tango with Folkloric dance; and, he also choreographed for Tango Pasión and Mariano Mores’ show.
(75 min class):
This special workshop is designed for intermediate tango dancers who are interested in learning about the Canyengue tango style, -the 1900s old tango style from the suburbs also called “orillero”-.
When: Sunday April 12 from 12.50 am to 2.05 pm at D’Arienzo Ballroom.
Please note that this special workshop is not included in the festival passes.
Pre-registration with discount is between Nov 15 and March 25: $40 per person;
At door (only with cash) $45 per person.
Registration opens on Nov 15, 2019: Click here to register
Unable to make your payment online?
Please fill in the online form and make the check to the order of: Argentine Tango USA
Send it to: 530 Showers Dr, Suite 7 – 178 Mountain View, CA 94040
Do include your name and email when your send your check.
Dates: August 7 to 20, 2021
LIMITED SPOTS! BOOK NOW!
COST (calculated for a group of at least 8 people)*:
EARLY BIRD Making your deposit by May 30: $3,300 per person in double occupancy.
LATE REGISTRATION till June 20: $3,500 in double occupancy.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH A DEPOSIT OF $1,100
(*) PLEASE NOTE that due to the changes in the currency prices might go up (if necessary we will do an update in February 2021).
Airfares are not included in the price, every participant has to purchase their own tickets.
Remaining balance to be paid by July 7.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & SIDE TRIPS available upon request:
Full Refund till June 1st, 2020
Full Refund minus $600 till June 20, 2020
Full Refund minus $1,600 till July 7, 2020
NO refunds from July 8, 2020
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Personalized, best quality tango tour organized by Andrea & Adrián!
Our customized program for ladies INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL LEVEL DANCE ASSISTANTS for both WORKSHOPS and MILONGAS!
In Summer: Jan 8 – 18, 2022 (arrival in Buenos Aires Saturday Jan 8; departure from Buenos Aires Jan 18). Ten nights.
In Winter: July 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed). Ten nights.
COST for January 2022: (calculated for a group of at least 8 people)
EARLY BIRD: $3,100 per person in double occupancy.
BOOK YOUR SPOT WITH A DEPOSIT OF $1,100 by September 22:
LATE REGISTRATION till October 31: $3,300 per person in double occupancy.
BOOK YOUR SPOT WITH A DEPOSIT OF $1,100
Remaining balance to be paid by November 16, 2021
PLEASE NOTE that airfares are not included in the price, every participant has to purchase their own tickets.
Full Refund till Nov 10, 2021
Full Refund minus $500 till December 5, 2021
Full Refund minus $1,600 till December 21, 2020
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COST for July trip 2022: please check for updates in January 2022.
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