On this thread, as well as on those others, there is the notion that people would change the way they dance in a social setting by becoming more flamboyant to impress the judges. My initial assumption was that would probably be true, but then in researching this thread I began looking at the videos of those dancing Salon Style in these competitions.
is rather more flamboyant than in Buenos Aires, largely because of the
influence of show tango and Nuevo teaching for social dancing.
What I saw challenged that assumption, so this year I decided to join the audience at the 4th USA Tango Championship. What I saw in person was what I had noticed on the videos. The dancers I had seen on the social dance floor in New York City were NOT more flamboyant in Salon Style competition - they did NOT throw in more fancy steps or sequences. What I saw was that those who advanced within the Salon Style competitions danced the same way they danced on the social floor. Past videos showed that they were able to advance to compete in Bs.As. What I saw was that those who were flamboyant in competition were those who tended to be flamboyant on the social dance floor. They did not advance in the Salon Style competitions.
way to dance on a social floor. In the competitions they certainly are not
being asked to dance in typical milonga conditions.
However JanTango has previously commented that the older traditional
milonguero pairings don't now get a look in indicates perhaps that the
more visual styles are in the ascendancy. Your videos appear to confirm that.
I am still not a fan of AT competitions, and have no personal desire to compete, but I have a newly found regard for those who do.
for the consequential damage to tango but this change to a more visual
larger style is a result of teaching and the damage is already done.
In the final analysis, in a competition they are all performing.