RULES

Official Preliminary of Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup (the Competition)

The Competition will consist of the two official categories – Tango Pista and Tango Escenario; and two additional open categories – Group Choreography and Un Tal Milonguero. Entry to all categories is open to amateurs and professionals. The winners of the two official categories, Tango Pista and Tango Escenario go to the semi-finals of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup.

ORGANIZATION

The Buenos Aires City’s Office of Festivals and Central Events of the Ministry of Culture will be the highest authority in the competition, with regard to the compliance of all the terms and conditions stated in these Rules. However, the organizing body of the Preliminary will be the only one responsible for carrying out the event, in accordance with the letter agreement signed in due course and in each particular case with the Office of Festivals and Central Events.

The Organizer of the Preliminary may charge a fee to enter the competition, as well as to register in workshops or other scheduled activities.

REGISTRATION

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 corresponding Preliminary.

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.

CHECK-IN

In order to check-in, all contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the Organization of the Preliminary, with their ID card or passport. At this opportunity, they will receive the order number and be informed of the dates and times on which they will perform at 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 knowledge.

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 Organizer. On this form, they shall inform if they have had a work, professional or personal relationship with any of the members of the jury from the competition, in the last 180 days prior to the championship.

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, shall be penalized by the Organizer with the subtraction of points, disqualification from the competition, or any other resolution that this body may establish.

The ID and the registration form must be shown at every stage of the Competition.

All Competition contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organizer 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.

COMPETITION

The Competition in the categories Tango Pista, Tango Escenario and Group Choreography, will be held in 3 (three) stages: a) Qualifying Round, b) Semifinal, c) Final.

  1. Qualifying Round: All registered couples will participate. They will dance twice (on the same or on a different day, according to the schedule established by the Organizer)
  2. Semifinal: Couples that have been selected in the Qualifying Round will participate.
  3. Final: Couples that have been selected in the Semifinal will participate.

In the Tango Pista category, couples will compete in group performances, dancing to three songs, recorded or played live, selected by the Organization.

In the Tango Escenario 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.

The Competition in the category Un Tal Milonguero will be held in 3 (three) stages, each stage presented by one special tanda during each of the three milongas.

The category Un Tal Milonguero (named after Un Tal Gavito) was created to celebrate the personality on the dance floor. The dancers will be evaluated individually. Therefore, the leader and the follower of different couples can win.

Please, for more detailed information check the pages of each category:

Tango Pista

Tango Escenario

Group Choreography

Un Tal Milonguero

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.

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.

JURY

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).

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 Organizer 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, shall 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 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, 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 in the Salon Tango 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 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.

COMPETITION

Tango Pista (unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)

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.

The Jury will take into account the couple’s musicality and walking style as fundamental to the score.

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.

Outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process.

Tango Escenario (unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)

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.

Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.

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 selected song cannot not be more than four (4) minutes long.

Group Choreography (unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)

This additional open category is created to promote and celebrate the team work. Its winners won’t go to the Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup in Buenos Aires but will be given the titles of the Canadian champions in this category.

The choreographer or tango school presenting the team will also be recognized for this work.

Creativity, team performance and imagination will be the major criteria for evaluation. The evaluation process will be the same as the official Tango Escenario category.

The team will receive a medal and a trophy for the best choreography of the dance school of the year.

The team should included a minimum of 6 persons per team.

The choreography should be performed on a tango song minimum of 3 minutes and maximum of 5, including the time of entering and exiting the stage.

The team should have an official choreographer, one team per choreographer. If the team is represented by an official tango school, there is no limit on the quantity of teams to present by one school.

Un Tal Milonguero (unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)

This additional open category is named after Un Tal Gavito and was created to celebrate a personality on the dance floor. The dancers will be evaluated individually. Therefore, the leader and the follower of different couples can win.

Its winners won’t go to the Tango Buenos Aires Festival & World Cup in Buenos Aires but will be given the titles of the Canadian champions in this category.

The Competition in the category Un Tal Milonguero will be held in 3 (three) stages, each stage presented by one special tanda during each of the three milongas.

The evaluation process will be the same as the official Tango Pista category.

FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHING

The Organizer 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 Organizer 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 Competition, participants explicitly and irrevocably authorize the use of the recorded material, without this suggesting or implying any compensation for any reason whatsoever by the Organizer 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.

PRIZES

The official categories of the Preliminry of Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup 2018, Tango Pista and Tango Escenario, will each have one winning couple, who will automatically qualify to compete at the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup 2018, starting in the semifinal rounds.

The first prize in these categories will be provided by the Organizer of the Preliminary and will consist of two tickets from the city of residence of the winners in Canada to the City of Buenos Aires, including airfares and travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semifinals and finals, in the month of August 2018, in order to participate in the major Competition.

The prizes for the additional open categories, Group Choreography and Un Tal Milonguero, will be established by the Organizer. The winners will also receive the titles of the Canadian champions of the respective categories.

The Organizer may establish additional prizes, and all contestants will obtain the corresponding participation certificate.

A couple’s registration and subsequent check-in implies knowledge and acceptance of these Rules by each one of the participants.