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.
I couldn't help notice that Hebe Hernandez and Fernando Carrasco are listed in three categories for the May 13 rounds. A little bit of searching revealed they are performing on stage this Saturday in BsAs: http://web.archive.org/web/20140518...ango.com/show-de-tango-otono-porteno/?lang=en It seems the path to success for many Argentines is winning a championship title. They were members of a salon tango group choreography last year with different partners and formed by their teachers
Here is a couple who are familiar with stage choreography competing in a salon championship. How much of their dancing in the semi-finals will be choreographed, not improvised as tango salon is in the milongas?
I'll make an early prediction that they will place in the top ten in at least two categories.
The 10th City Tango Dance Championships took place on May 26.
The winners in the five categories were:
Tango Salon Adult: Fátima Vitale and Maximiliano Miguel Cristiani (prize $20,000);
Tango Salon Senior: Manuela Requena and Héctor Donkhe (prize $20,000);
Milonga: Fátima Vitale and Maximiliano Miguel Cristiani (prize $10,000);
Vals: Paola Florencia Sanz and Facundo Gómez de la Cruz Palavecino (prize $10,000);
and World’s Milongueros: Naoko Tsutsumizaki and Cristian Andrés López (prize $20,000.)
The following placed in each category:
Tango Salon Adult: 2º) Daniela Florencia Galizia and Ariel Manzanares; 3º) María Ayelén Maldonado and Alejandro Martín Luna; 4º) Alejandra Sonia Zavala and Carlos Leonardo Vilte; 5º) Sabrina Amuchástegui and Cristian David Correa.
Tango Salon Senior: 2º) Victoria de los Ángeles Terella y Ricardo Giménez; 3º) Marta Susana Doctorovich and Luis Anchava; 4º) Graciela Silvia Saúl and Víctor Hugo Llanos Pereyra; 5º) Silvia Mónica Dopacio (milonga organizer) and Hugo Víctor Merelez.
Milonga: 2º) Naoko Tsutsumizaki and Cristian Andrés López; 3º) Paola Florencia Sanz and Facundo Gómez de la Cruz Palavecino; 4º) María Noel Sciuto Varela and Lucas Brenno Márquez; 5º) Rocío Daniela Vargas and Diego Alberto Martín Benítez.
Vals: 2º) Ana Isabel Lopera Vázquez and Julio César Montoya Ardila: 3º) Daniela Florencia Galizia and Ariel Manzanares; 4º) Rocío Daniela Vargas and Diego Alberto Martín Benítez; 5º) Daniela Barría and José Luis Salvo.
World’s Milongueros (nonresidents of BsAs) 2º) Carlina Bianchi and Samuel Scalco; 3º) Yuqueri Ana Macherel Camblor and Matías Ariel Batista; 4º) Paola Florencia Sanz y Facundo Gómez de la Cruz Palavecino; 5º) María Noel Sciuto Varela and Lucas Brenno Márquez.
The members of the Jury were: Eduardo Arquimbau, María Nieves Rego, Julio Dupláa, Guillermina Quiroga, Olga Besio, Johana Copes and Horacio Godoy.
Julio Duplaa is the only judge who dances in the milongas; the others dance and teach choreography for stage and exhibition.
Dear jan, according to which principle are the juries filled. I find some juries VU dominated, whereas in others (like this one) the escenario folks prevail. But rarely we can find mixed boards. So why?
Another question: I find Johana Copes on the list, but not Sebastian Arce. Did he break up with his former teacher?
The judges are selected from the Association of Teachers, Choreographers and Dancers. Each gets a turn at judging, even milonga organizers. Many have judged so many competitions. It doesn't seem to make a difference whether the judges are salon teachers or stage performers; they know tango so they are asked to judge.
The city judging panel was mostly performers, with one token milonguero. After all the scores, the winners are SELECTED by the powers that be. It doesn't matter what scores they received. I know a dancer who was eliminated in the semi-finals because she isn't liked by the judges, which has nothing to do with her dancing.
It's the old boys network in BsAs that decides to has paid their dues and earns the title. Usually the salon title goes to performers who aren't social dancers. They have a career in teaching with the title, but no one learns social tango with them. It's all about performing tango for exhibitions these days.
The marketing term Villa Urquiza style has made its mark in the competitions. The judges don't like the firm embrace of the downtown milongas, and only award the title to those who conform to the standard which has been called Villa Urquiza. That's why the group of couples in the tango adult category all look the same. They have watched too many videos to make certain they dance like other salon champions. They wear their Mimi Pinzon dresses and Comme il faut shoes. It's an elegant look that is standard for all tango exhibitions at milongas and festivals.
Sebastian Arce has never partnered Johana Copes. His partner of many years is Mariana Montes.
And why dont put the milonga organizers themselves out for a more pluralistic and less artificial style of tango? They live on social dancing, not on professionals that drop in by chance or give their classes in the afternoon? Bribed?
Sebastian Arce has never partnered Johana Copes. His partner of many years is Mariana Montes