another thread discussed the question "Is tango a dance for competition?" http://danceforums.com/showthread.php?t=32729 I did not find one in the archives so here is a thread for Argentine Tango competitions. I'll start with the 3rd USA Tango Championship held in New York City. I did not attend, but this is info I found on the net: 12 couples in the Salon Category warming up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbPidrftPw8&NR=1 Rules were posted @ http://web.archive.org/web/20120320154131/http://www.celebratetango.com/festival/rules.html with the dancers observing these guidelines: a) Tango Salón (Amateurs and Professionals): 26- Once a dancing couple is formed, they shall not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that they cannot break the embrace (abrazo), which is considered the tango dance position. 27. For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. Even though during certain figures the embrace may be flexible, it must never be broken, and this shall continue during the entire piece. 28- All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couple embrace. 29 -The Judging Panel is judging 4 different areas: musicality, circulation, walking style and the consistency of the embrace 30 - Within these guidelines, dancers may perform any figures commonly used, including barridas, sacadas close to the floor, enrosques, etc. 31 - Ganchos, leaps, trepadas (lifts) and any other typical tango escenario choreography are absolutely excluded. 32 – Couples shall constantly move counterclockwise, like in the milongas (tango dance places), and shall avoid remaining in the same choreographic place in order to avoid interrupting the dancer’s circulation. 33 - No dancer may raise his/her foot above the knee line. b) Tango Escenario(Amateurs and Professionals): 34 - Participants shall be allowed to express their personal view on the tango dance; this means that they may resort to movements, figures and techniques unrelated to traditional tango. 35 – They may break embrace and use other techniques derived from other dance disciplines, as long as this contribution be appropriated and be done to improve the performance and be part of but not all of the choreography. 36 - Regarding the above clause, it is herein stated that dancers may not use tango music to perform other dancing techniques or choreographies. i.e. dance a completely different style of dance Flamenco or Ballet to tango music. 37- Judges shall take into account the following 4 criteria: - Choreographic effects, posture, techniques, composition (creation or recreation), Use of the stage space, Body and space alignment. - Couple synchronicity & Musical accuracy (relaxation, music-dancer-style). - Interpretation, Preservation of tango essence. -Costumes and make-up.