Monica Parra

MONICA PARRA

Professional dancer and teacher of Argentine Tango, she shared with Carlos GAVITO exhibitions Master and film “Exiled in the sky”, also participated in the film school Orchestra Si sos brujo. She has participated in international festivals in Argentina Tango, Rio de Janeiro, Sweden, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Netherlands, Russia, Austria among others .. She had performances with Sexteto Mayor and the color Orquesta Tango, Los Reyes of the Tango, sextet milonguero etc. in the milongas and scenes of Buenos Aires and the world. She has been teaching in Buenos Aires since 1996, giving classes and seminars in very prestigious milongas, including the Canning Room where she has regular classes. She has her own tango academy in the city of Lobos, province of Buenos Aires where she also organizes the tango milonga once a month .. Since 2005, he is sworn? in the World Championship and Metropolitano Tango Tango Salon category in Buenos Aires and also participated as jury category tango salon and stage in Russia in 2013 convened by the International Tango Federation of Moscow. In 2011, she was part of the casting of Guevara Nacha’s work “Nacha is Tita” A life in tango time “as an actress and dancer doing the work done at the Metropolitan Theater in Corrientes Avenue. In 2012, she participated as a dancer in the program broadcast by Telefe, Graduates. In 2014, she was honored at the Reinas Poker event for her career among other outstanding dancers from country and country from abroad.

Guillermo Merlo

Guillermo Merlo and his partner Fernanda Ghi, are unquestionably one of the most
prominent couples in the world of Argentine tango. Renowned for their elegant style, unique interpretation, creative choreography and powerful mastery of the stage, they are in constant demand around the world as performers and teachers.

The level of their talent is evident in the many stage productions they conceived,
produced, choreographed and starred, beginning with their show “Tango Dreams” in 2000. Never did the artists presented the same show twice – in each of the following eight years they created and produced completely original shows, all received with sold-out success.

In recognition of their superb artistry, they were invited to perform in concert with the New Mexico Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony and the Costa Mesa Symphony. In 2005 Fernanda and Guillermo were given the great honor to be the first non-Asians ever invited to perform along with Japan’s most important artists on stage at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo.

In addition to head-lining international tango and dance festivals for the last decade, they were the featured dancers on the PBS special “Tango Magic” with Pablo Zeigler and the Orpheus Orchestra. Guillermo was recipient of the 1997 and 1998 TONY for Best Choreography and together Fernanda and Guillermo were the first place winners of the World Argentine Tango Championship in 1999.

Their passion to elevate Tango for all tango dancers inspired them to make six volumes of instructional videos in 2000. In 2007 they produced a DVD that was the first tango instructional to focus on the specific physical training needed for dancing tango. In 2010 they produced “Music in Motion,” the first DVD for tango dancers and musicians.

In 2007 and 2008 tango lovers from all around the world gathered in Las Vegas to attend Fernanda and Guillermo’s International Tango Congress. Impressed by their talent and accomplishments, the Tulsa Ballet Company of Oklahoma, invited them to create a tango ballet for the season’s inaugural. Entitled “Tango, the Man and the Woman” the piece received outstanding reviews. Currently, they are on a successful tour of their new show “This is Tango Now: IDENTIDAD” which pushes the boundaries of tango music and dance as a genre.

Fernanda and Guillermo are constantly expanding the horizons of Tango. They are also focusing on their main objective, to create a School of Tango Art wherein writers, poets, musicians as well as dancers can explore the endless creative possibilities that the Tango offers. Fernanda and Guillermo reside in the United States.

Fernanda Gui

Guillermo Merlo and his partner Fernanda Ghi, are unquestionably one of the most
prominent couples in the world of Argentine tango. Renowned for their elegant style, unique interpretation, creative choreography and powerful mastery of the stage, they are in constant demand around the world as performers and teachers.

The level of their talent is evident in the many stage productions they conceived,
produced, choreographed and starred, beginning with their show “Tango Dreams” in 2000. Never did the artists presented the same show twice – in each of the following eight years they created and produced completely original shows, all received with sold-out success.

In recognition of their superb artistry, they were invited to perform in concert with the New Mexico Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony and the Costa Mesa Symphony. In 2005 Fernanda and Guillermo were given the great honor to be the first non-Asians ever invited to perform along with Japan’s most important artists on stage at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo.

In addition to head-lining international tango and dance festivals for the last decade, they were the featured dancers on the PBS special “Tango Magic” with Pablo Zeigler and the Orpheus Orchestra. Guillermo was recipient of the 1997 and 1998 TONY for Best Choreography and together Fernanda and Guillermo were the first place winners of the World Argentine Tango Championship in 1999.

Their passion to elevate Tango for all tango dancers inspired them to make six volumes of instructional videos in 2000. In 2007 they produced a DVD that was the first tango instructional to focus on the specific physical training needed for dancing tango. In 2010 they produced “Music in Motion,” the first DVD for tango dancers and musicians.

In 2007 and 2008 tango lovers from all around the world gathered in Las Vegas to attend Fernanda and Guillermo’s International Tango Congress. Impressed by their talent and accomplishments, the Tulsa Ballet Company of Oklahoma, invited them to create a tango ballet for the season’s inaugural. Entitled “Tango, the Man and the Woman” the piece received outstanding reviews. Currently, they are on a successful tour of their new show “This is Tango Now: IDENTIDAD” which pushes the boundaries of tango music and dance as a genre.

Fernanda and Guillermo are constantly expanding the horizons of Tango. They are also focusing on their main objective, to create a School of Tango Art wherein writers, poets, musicians as well as dancers can explore the endless creative possibilities that the Tango offers. Fernanda and Guillermo reside in the United States.

TANGO Escenario

Tango Escenario / Stage

This is an official category of Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup. Unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals. One winning couple will automatically qualify to compete at the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, starting in the semifinal rounds on August 15-22, 2018. Together with the title of the Canadian champions in the category, the couple will get two tickets from the city of residence in Canada to the City of Buenos Aires, including airfares and travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semifinals and finals. To be eligible to register, dance partners must:

  • be 18 years or older by the start date of the local competition
  • demonstrate a minimum of 1 (one) year of residence within the area of influence of the Preliminary.

The couple must be available during the 3 days of competition in Montreal on July 27-29, 2018, in the presence of the official committee of Judges accredited by TANGO BA Buenos Aires under the Supervision of BA Referee (Veedor).

  • First Round and semifinals Tango Escenario // July 28th, 2018 //
  • FINAL Tango Escenario // July 29th, 2018 //

TimeLine Schedule

Judging criteria

1) Couples will be allowed to perform movements, figures and applications that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional elements of tango: figure eights, spins, long walks, voleos, hooks, and the “milonguero embrace.”

2) 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.

3) The couple must include floor movement sequences throughout the whole stage floor.

4) The quality of the dance will be judged based on the couple’s musicality, walking style, imagination and creativity of the choreography.

5)  Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.

6) The music piece shall not exceed (4) minutes and must be handed in to the Organizer in advance in digital format (two CD copies in good condition or mp3). 

No one will be allowed to register two or more times in the same category. It is possible to 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. 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. During the competition In the Tango Escenario (Stage) category, each couple will compete individually, dancing to one song of their choice. The music piece shall not exceed (4) minutes and must be handed in to the Organizer in advance in digital format (two CD copies in good condition or mp3). Since in the Escenario category the jury will evaluate the variety of choreographies exhibited, it is recommended that participants perform different choreographies for each of the Qualifying rounds, although this is not exclusive. In this category the participants will be able to express their personal view of Argentine tango. This means that couples will be allowed to perform movements, figures and applications that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional elements of tango: figure eights, spins, long walks, voleos, 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. If a technical problem should occur, the Jury will evaluate the repetition of the choreography at the end of the assigned performing time slot. 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 inconvenience; but the couple will not be allowed to repeat the performance. The jury and scores In all categories, the jury will be composed of a minimum of 4 (four) members, who understand and accept the rules of the competition, and commit to their compliance. The jury will determine the score of the participating couples. The jury will be appointed in accordance with the Office of Festivals, the Organizer of the Preliminary and the Association of Teachers, Dancers and Choreographers of Argentine Tango (AMBCTA). 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. Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process. The jury will choose one winning couple. 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. The Organizer 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. This first year only, an incredible and amazing prices promotion! Take advantage of this by doing your Registration before May 27th 2018. We thank our sponsors for making this possible, supporting our passion and trusting in us! Argentinian Tango is smart and elegant. From the first moment it was born, more than 100 years ago, it took its deserved place among all the other dances. Be a real tango dancer, bring the flame with you, show us that you can do it and be proud … and like the tango says: Vos dejá nomás que algún chabón chamuye al cuete y sacudile tu firulete Continue Reading

TANGO PISTA

Tango Pista

This is an official category of Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup. Unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals. One winning couple will automatically qualify to compete at the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, starting in the semifinal rounds on August 15-22, 2018. Together with the title of the Canadian champions in the category, the couple will get two tickets from the city of residence in Canada to the City of Buenos Aires, including airfares and travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semifinals and finals. To be eligible to register, dance partners must:

  • be 18 years or older by the start date of the local competition
  • demonstrate a minimum of 1 (one) year of residence within the area of influence of the Preliminary.

The couple must be available during the 3 days of competition in Montreal on July 27-29, 2018, in the presence of the official committee of Judges accredited by TANGO BA Buenos Aires under the Supervision of BA Referee (Veedor).

  • Fist Round and Semifinals Tango Pista // July 28th, 2018 //

  • Final Tango Pista // July 29th, 2018 //

Timeline – schedule  link Judging criteria

1) All dancers should respect space and speed of other couples on the dance floor.

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

3) For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained all the time by the arm of the other. In certain figures it may be flexible, but not throughout the duration of the dance.

4) All the movements must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.

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

6)  Jumps, figures that involve losing the contact of both feet with the floor and all other choreographic possibilities typical of Tango Stage are completely forbidden.

7)  As is typical in a dancehall, couples must constantly move counterclockwise and may not stay in the same part of the choreographic space as this would obstruct the circulation on the dance floor.

8) The quality of the dance will be judged based on the couple’s musicality and walking style.

9) Outfits are not taken into consideration during the judging process.

No one will be allowed to register two or more times in the same category. It is possible to 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. 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. During the competition In the Tango Pista category, couples will compete in group performances, dancing to three songs, recorded or played live, selected by the Organizer. 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 all the time by the arm of the other. It is understood that in certain figures, this may be flexible, but not throughout the duration of the dance. All movements must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace. 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, figures that involve losing the contact of both feet with the floor and all other choreographic possibilities typical of Tango Stage are completely forbidden. As is typical in a dancehall, couples must constantly move counterclockwise and may not stay in the same part of the choreographic space as this would obstruct the circulation on the dance floor. The jury and scores In all categories, the jury will be composed of a minimum of 4 (four) members, who understand and accept the rules of the competition, and commit to their compliance. The jury will determine the score of the participating couples. The jury will be appointed in accordance with the Office of Festivals, the Organizer of the Preliminary and the Association of Teachers, Dancers and Choreographers of Argentine Tango (AMBCTA). 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. The Jury will take into account the couple’s musicality and walking style as fundamental to the score, as well, as the compliance with the rules. Outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process. The jury will choose one winning couple. 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. The Organizer 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. This first year only, an incredible and amazing prices promotion! Take advantage of this by doing your Registration before July 12th 2018. We thank our sponsors for making this possible, supporting our passion and trusting in us! Be a part of the history of Argentine tango in Canada and make an act of presence, courage, as the lyrics of the argentine tango say: cuando quiera y donde quiera, porque el tango es …!

Official Category Tango Pista price list

Competing Couple Official category competition registration fee: Tango Pista
Last Registration Period June 2th – July 12th closing date
$150+tx

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>>English>> Each category needs an individual application. You must check-in 2 hours before the competition. You have to bring your passport (or other ID), proof of legal residency in Canada for more than 1 year and the proof of age (older than 18 years). It is your responsibility to have a valid passport if you win and will have to travel to Buenos Aires. >>Français>> Chaque catégorie a besoin d'une application individuelle. Vous devez vous enregistrer 2 heures avant la compétition. Vous devez apporter votre passeport (ou autre pièce d'identité), une preuve de résidence légale au Canada pendant plus d'un an et la preuve d'âge (plus de 18 ans). Il est de votre responsabilité d'avoir un passeport valide si vous gagnez et devrez vous rendre à Buenos Aires.
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