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

Rules

Oceania Preliminary of the

Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup

All participants in the Preliminary must abide by the rules as laid out below.

Contestants are encouraged to read and understand the Rules and Evaluation Criteria before registering.

The Official categories of competition will be the two categories Tango de Pista and Stage Tango, which will be open to amateurs and professionals

The Non-Official categories of competition will be the Milonga and Vals categories open to amateurs and professionals, and "So, You Think You Can Tango" and "Jack & Jill Tango" categories open only to amateur dancers.

ORGANIZATION

The Buenos Aires City’s Office of Festivals and Central Events of the Ministry of Culture as the Governing Authority for the competition, has appointed and authorized Oceania Tango Congress and Championship ("OTCC" or the "Organization") to run the regional PRELIMINARY competitions for the Oceania Region, in accordance with the Rules of the Buenos Aires Festival and World Cup as set out in an agreement with the Office of Festivals and Central Events.

The agreement also provides for OTCC to run Non-Official events in conjunction with the Official PRELIMINARY competitions, including to run Non-Official competitions, workshops and other activities, for which OTCC may set dates, set rules, organize registrations, make awards and charge fees.

REGISTRATION

  • To be eligible to participate in this Preliminary, competitors must be at least 18 years of age by 19th March 2020, the start date of the PRELIMINARY competition.
  • To be eligible to participate in the Official categories of competition, competitors must be natives or residents of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, Timor-Lester, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia Federated States, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tonga or Tuvalu.
  • Competitors of any nationality are eligible to participate in the Official categories of competition, but must prove that they have been a resident of one of the above countries for a minimum of 1 (one) year.
  • If both members of the couple competing in an Official category of competition are natives or residents of different countries, they must choose to represent only one of the allowable countries in which they are eligible by way of residence or of birth, as couples are allowed to represent only one country.
  • Competitors of any nationality are eligible to participate in the Non-Official categories of the competition; there being no restrictions on birth or residency.
  • Competitors may participate in different categories with the same or different dance partner, but no competitors can participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they dance with a different partner.

Individuals will not be allowed to compete if they are members of staff of the Buenos Aires’s City Office of Festivals and Central Events, members of staff of the organizers or sponsors of official Preliminaries, jury members of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup and its Preliminaries, or any other person with a permanent or temporary relationship with the Office of Festivals.

CHECK-IN

  • In order to check in, all contestants must attend in person on the date and time specified by the Organization of the Preliminary, with their national ID card or passport (original) or other evidence of nationality or of residence acceptable to the Organization.
  • At check-in competitors will receive an order of dance number and be informed of the approximate dates and times they are scheduled to compete.
  • Those who do not check in at the specified time will not be able to participate in the competitions. A request for exemption from this rule will be considered by the Organizers but will be allowed only in cases of duly proven force majeure or circumstances beyond the control of the contestants.
  • At the time of check‐in, contestants will have to provide a copy of the "Confirmation of Registration / Eligibility Declaration" email sent to them following their on-line registration together with any other additional information or declarations the organizers may require, including a declaration as to the extent (if any) that they have had a working, professional or personal relationship with any of the Judges evaluating the competition, during the  six months (180 days) prior to the scheduled start of the PRELIMINARY competitions.
  • All the information provided at the time of check‐in will be deemed a sworn statement and any of the information that is subsequently found to be incorrect or untrue, may result in the competitor being penalized with the subtraction of points, disqualification from the competition, or any other resolution that the Organization may decide.
  • At every stage of the competition (3 Stages) competitors must provide (if requested to do so) evidence of their eligibility to compete.
  • All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organization, including press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over‐the‐air or cable television channels, if they are asked by the Organization.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

The Official Competition, in both categories, will be progressed in 3 (three) stages, according to the schedule established by the Organization:

    1. Qualifying Round: All registered couples will participate. They will dance once or twice (on the same or on a different day) according to the schedule.
    2. Semi-final: Couples that have been selected in the Qualifying Round will participate.
    3. Final: Couples that have been selected in the Semi-final will participate.

In the Tango de Pista category, couples will compete in groups, 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 (four) minutes and must be handed in to the Organization upon Check In, in digital format (two CD copies in good condition or as an mp3 on a USB/ Pen drive ).

Since the Jury will evaluate the variety and quality of choreographies exhibited, it is recommended that participants perform different choreographies for each of the Qualifying rounds, although this is not mandatory.

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

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, for as long as the contestants are in the competition.

NON-OFFICIAL COMPETITION

The Non-Official Competition, in the categories Milonga, Vals, "So You Think You Can Tango?" and  "Jack & Jill Tango", 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 "Jack & Jill Tango", 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 who:

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)

For all 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 scores of the participating couples. The Judges will be appointed by the Office of Festivals and the Organization of the Preliminary.

Decisions of the jury will not be subject to appeal. By entering the Championships, participants accept this condition.

Should a situation arise involving a competitor having distrust in or disagreement with any jury member whether because of a prior relationship or for any other reason, the competitor 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 judges 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 2 decimal points), 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 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 the case of a tie, the couples with the same final score will have to break the draw, either by dancing two additional songs in the Tango de Pista category, or by performing a new choreography in the stage tango category, until a winning couple emerges from the votes of the jury.

SUPERVISOR

Appointed by the Office of Festivals and Central Events, the Supervisor will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the present Rules, for properly resolving any problems not considered in these Rules, and for communicating interpretations of rules that the Supervisor considers necessary.

CONTEST (EVALUATION CRITERIA)

TANGO DE PISTA (Official Category for amateur and professional dancers)

Tango de Pista is conceived as a social dance, where the most important aspects are the musicality, improvisation, embrace and connection between the dance partners.

Circulation of couples will be in rounds as in a real dance hall, constantly moving counter-clockwise without going backwards. Couples will be allowed, if needed, to walk one or two steps backwards at most, always within the space of the couple.

The couple must be aware and respectful of their own and other couples’ space in the round in order not to break the harmony when moving around. If a couple performs more than two phrases in the same spot, obstructing the circulation on the dance floor, the Jury may consider lowering their score.

In the event that one couple stops the flow of traffic around the dance floor and it is not possible for other couples to go past them, the Jury may require the couples to dance another tango round.

Once formed, the couple must not separate while the music is playing. For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained at all the time by the arm of the other. It is understood that in certain figures this may be flexible, but not throughout the whole duration of the dance. All movements and figures must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace, so as not to get in the way of the other couples dancing.

The leader may invite the follower to walk and/or turn to their right or left, without taking steps backwards on the dance floor.

It is not necessary for partners to break the embrace between tangos.

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

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, and 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.

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 mindful that Tango de Pista is a social dance and not a stage dance.

STAGE TANGO (Official Category for amateur and professional dancers)

Performance: Each couple will offer an individual performance with a song of their choice that shall not exceed more than four (4) minutes of music.

In case of having a problem with the choreography, the couple will decide whether to continue dancing or not, and the Jury will evaluate the manner and grace with which they solve the problem; but the couple will not be allowed to repeat the performance.

If a technical problem should occur, the Organization along with the Jury will evaluate the possible repetition of the choreography at the end of the assigned performing time slot.

Evaluation criteria: Participants will be able to express their view of the Argentine tango dance. This means that couples will be allowed to perform movements, figures and embellishments that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional elements of tango: figure eights, spins, long walks, boleos, hooks, and the “milonguero embrace.” 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.

MILONGA and VALS (Non-Official Categories for amateur and professional dancers)

"SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TANGO?" (Non-Official Category for amateur dancers)

The Milonga, Vals and "So, you think you can tango?"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.

Circulation of couples will be in rounds as in a real dance hall, constantly moving counter-clockwise without going backwards. Couples will be allowed, if needed, to walk one or two steps 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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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, and "So, you think you can tango" categories are social dances and not stage dances".

"JACK & JILL TANGO" (Non-Official Category for amateur dancers)

Jack & Jill Tango – 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.

FILMING AND 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, as established by the Collaboration Agreement, 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 favour 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.

PRIZES - Official Categories

Each category of the PRELIMINARY OF TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020 will have one winning couple, who will automatically qualify to compete at the TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020, starting in the semi-final rounds and representing the PRELIMINARY and not the city of origin or residence of the dancers, without exception. The first prize in each category will be provided by the Organization of the Preliminary and will consist of two tickets from the city of residence of winning couple to the City of Buenos Aires, including airfares and travel, cash towards accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semi-finals and finals of TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020, in the month of August 2020, in order to participate in this competition.

If the winning couple in any of the official categories renounces their right to participate in TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020 from the semi-final stages, representing the PRELIMINARY, it will also automatically renounce their right to the prize consisting of two tickets to the City of Buenos Aires, cash towards accommodation and meal expenses, leaving both members of the couple unable to participate in TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL & DANCE WORLD CUP 2020.

In those cases where the competition in one or both categories has lost its official character for not having the minimum of 10 participating couples, the Organization of the PRELIMINARY will be exempted from the obligation to grant the winning couple the prize consisting of two tickets, cash towards accommodation and meal expenses. In this case, the Organization may choose to offer alternative prizes for the now non-official competition.

Should the winning couple win both official categories, the organization of the Preliminary will provide, a return trip of two tickets to the City of Buenos Aires, will double the cash towards accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semi-finals and finals of TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2020, in the month of August, in order to participate in this competition. Additional prizes may apply.

The organization may establish additional prizes, and all contestants will obtain the corresponding participation certificate. With each couple’s registration and subsequent check‐in validation, participants have agreed to have read, understood and accepted the Championship Rules.