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 Tango Dance World Cup in Buenos Aires every year, – 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.


If you are planning to stay at the Marriott Hotel, get you room reservation by April 2 to be able to get the special discount rates* (information here: “Venue/Hotel”). *Please note that there is a limited number of rooms in our event room block so the sooner you book your room, the better.


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


 CATEGORIES 2019:

(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.
  • “SALON TANGO SENIOR” – open to amateur dancers. Age restrictions apply. No residence restrictions.
  • “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?” – open to amateur dancers. No residence restrictions.
  • “STAGE TANGO GROUP”, Competition/Showcase  with evaluation by the Jury (open to amateur dancers directed by a teacher/choreographer). No residence restrictions.

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RULES

  • GENERAL RULES for all competitors

  • 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 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 opportunity, 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 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 or Stage Tango Group categories may register to all (or any) of the festival workshops and take private classes with all festival maestros.

Competitors participating in the official categories of Tango de Pista and Stage Tango 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)
Rules for the Stage Group Competition/Showcase Category
Rules for the Salon Tango Senior Category
Rules for the Milonga Category
Rules for “So you think you can TANGO?” Category


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.

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.
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.
Costumes: Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.

  1. 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”.
  2. Couples may break the embrace and use techniques derived from other dance disciplines, as long as these are justified and performed for the benefit of the interpreter.
  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.
  4. The couple must perform progressing (walking) sequences onto the floor using the whole scenic space.
  5. Costumes: Outfits and make up may be taken into consideration during the judging process (use of inappropriate costumes that are not typically for performing tango such as salsa or ice skating costumes will be penalized).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8.  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)

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

4. MILONGA (for professional and amateur dancers)

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

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

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

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

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

  1. In this category, groups must be a minimum of 6 members and up to 12 members (3 to 6 couples).
  2. Each group will dance to a choreographed song prepared by a tango teacher/tango studio director/choreographer).
  3. Teachers must choreograph one 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).