This event is an Official Preliminary of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival & Dance World Cup 2020

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Rules - Non-Official Categories

Oceania Tango Congress & Championship 2020

The Non-Official Categories for Tango Dance competition will consist of the Milonga and Vals categories open to amateurs and professionals, and "So, You Think You Can Tango" and "Milongueros/as (Jack & Jill)" categories open only to amateur dancers.


The Oceania Tango Congress & Championship (OTCC) will be the governing authority for the competition. The organization (OTCC) may charge a fee to enter the competition, as well as to register in workshops or other scheduled activities.


  • To be eligible to enter, participants must be 18 years of age by the start date of the local competition.
  • Dancers of any nationality are eligible for the competition. There are no restrictions on residency.
  • Contestants may participate in different categories with the same or different dance partner. However, no competitors can participate more than once in the same category. Regardless of whether they dance with a different partner.
  • If both members of the couple are natives or residents of different countries, they will have to choose the country of residence or birth of either one, as couples are only allowed to represent one country.
  • All contestants are encouraged to read the Evaluation Criteria per category to get ready for the competition.


  • In order to check in, all contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the Organization of the Preliminary (OTCC), with their ID card or passport.
  • At check-in they will receive the order of dance number and be informed of the approximate dates and times on which they will perform in the different stages of the relevant categories.
  • Those who do not check in will not be able to participate in the championship. A waiver for this will only be considered in duly proven cases of force majeure, or where the proven reasons for a delay in checking in were beyond the control of the participants.
  • Both members of the competing couples must be present during the check-in process, which cannot be done by a third party.
  • At the time of check-in, contestants will have to complete a form with their personal details, and with any other additional information required by the Organization.
  • All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organization (OTCC), including press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over-the-air or cable television channels, etc. if they are asked to for such purpose.


The competition, in the categories (Milonga, Vals, So You Think You Can Tango? and Milongueros/as - Jack & Jill), will be run in 2 (two) stages:

a) Qualifying Round: All registered couples will participate. They will dance one round.
b) Final: Couples that have been selected from the Qualifying Round will participate in the Final round.

Couples in the categories: Milonga, Vals, So You Think You Can Tango? and Milongueros/as - Jack & Jill, will compete in groups, dancing to three pieces of music, recorded or played live, selected by the Organization (OTCC).

The Organization will be entitled to eliminate from the competition those participants that:

a) Do not comply with the rules.
b) Commit any moral offence or improper act that tarnishes the image of the Championship or may cause offence to the public.

JURY (Judges)

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 the Office of Festivals, the Organization of the Preliminary and the Association of Teachers, Dancers and Choreographers of Argentine Tango (AMBCTA).

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, in accordance with the criteria described in the following section.

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

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

In case of a tie, the couples with the same final score will have to break the draw, either by dancing an additional round of the category, until a winning couple emerges from the votes of the jury.


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 problems not considered in these Rules and establish or inform about the clarifying or interpretative rules that they consider necessary.


  1. Milonga and Vals (Categories for amateur and professional dancers)
  2. "So, you think you can tango?" (Category for amateur dancers)The above categories will be executed mainly with the close embrace. The important features of these dance styles are the musicality, improvisation, embrace and connection between couples.
      1. a) Circulation of the Couples

    - The couples, as in a typical 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 steps backwards as long as they are within the given floor space without obstructing the circulation of the line of dance.

    - 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. A couple should not perform more than two phrases in the same spot, to avoid obstructing the circulation of couples on the dance floor.

    - In the case of a couple stopping the circulation of the floor, if the jury deems it necessary, the couple/s may have to move and dance to another tango round. Overtaking is not allowed.

    b) Position of Tango Dance

    - Once formed, the couple must not separate while the music is playing.

    - For the position to be considered correct, the couple 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. In some figures in the execution of rotations and other figures, embrace can change from close to open, (keeping in contact in hands) but not throughout the entire duration of the music.

    - All movements must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace, so as not to get in the way of another couple 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.

    c) The Jury will take into account the couple’s own interpretation in different styles as fundamental to the score, particularly the musicality (e.g. rhythm, accelerations and pauses), elegant walking style, and especially the connection between partners, self-expression and the ability to change dynamics and speed accordingly depending on the tango music being played. Skills of following and adornments (relevance and musicality) of the follower will also be evaluated.

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

    e) Within these parameters, the couple may perform any commonly used figures of “social” tango, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas al piso (drawn to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.

    f) Jumps (saltos), ganchos (hooks), trepadas (climbs), and any other possibilities typically used in Stage Tango figures where both feet lose contact with the dance floor are completely forbidden.

    g) Costumes / outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process, but competitors are recommended to dress smartly. When choosing the outfit, hairstyle and make-up, please be mindful that the milonga, vals, "So, you think you can tango" and "Milongueros – Jack & Jill", are social dances and not stage dances".

  3. Milongueros/as (Jack & Jill) – Leaders & Followers (Category for amateur dancers)

    • Participants in this category, (Tango de Pista) will be evaluated as individual participants, i.e. as leaders or followers, not as couples.

    • Participants will dance three (3) tangos (one tanda) to the music of different orchestras,with each couple  required to change partner in order to form a new couple for each piece of music.

    • The Organizers will endeavour to have equal number of leaders and followers; the organization will provide support dancers from the public if required.

    • Both leaders & followers will be given a competition number upon check in and the Judges will base their evaluation on the individuals (leaders and followers) and not as a couple. Any support dancers will not be given a number, as they are not part of the judging criteria. Individual participants will enter the dance floor and be randomly coupled by the Organizer.

    • Formation of the dance for the first tango: all women or followers will be standing in one line on the dance floor, while men or leaders will randomly be called with their numbers and placed into their partner position.

    • At the end of each Tango, a change of dance partner will occur. The same process as above to form couples will apply.