Rules for the Competition of the 1st European Tango Championship
The Tango Dance Competition will consist of the categories: Salon Tango and Stage Tango. Both categories will be of unrestricted entry for amateurs as well as professionals.
Registration and participation in the Championship for both categories will have a cost of 90 € for each couple in each category.
Interested parties may enroll between December 29th 2009 and May 30th 2010.
Couples of any nationality whose members are over 18 years of age by the start date of the Championship and demonstrate conclusively a minimum of three years of residence in ant country of the Europe continent (Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Erzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City) may enter the competition. No one may register two or more times in the same category. However, a participant may enter more than one category with the same or different partner. Each couple represents a region.
To register, each participant must fill the registration form published in the section “REGISTER NOW!” or send corresponding information by mail to email@example.com.
The competition, in both categories, will be developed in threestages: The Qualifying round, The Semifinal and The Final.
Qualifying round: all couples registered will participate. They will dance twice on different days.
Semifinal: couples who have been selected in the qualifying round and the winners of various contests endorsed by the Championship will participate.
Final: couples selected in the Semifinal will participate.
In the Salon Tango category, couples compete in group performances, dancing three songs, recorded or live, selected by the Management. In the Stage Tango category, each couple will compete individually, dancing a song of their choice.
Contest (evaluation criteria)
Salon Tango (Unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)
The Couple, once formed, may not be separated while the music plays. This means that they may not be break the embrace, considered as the tango dance position. 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 member. 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 embrace between the members of the couple.
Couples, as in a dance hall, must constantly move counterclockwise, and may not stay in the same point of the choreographic space as this would obstruct the movement of the other dancers in the dance floor.
None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. The Jury will take into account the couple’s musicality and walking style as fundamental to the rating.
Within these observation parameters, the couple may carry out all the popular figures, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas al piso (drawn to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc. All other figures typical of stage tango such as ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps) and trepadas (climbs) are completely excluded.
Stage Tango (Unrestricted entry, amateurs and professionals)
Participants will be able to express their view of the tango dance. This means that couples will be allowed to use movements, figures and applications not related to the traditional tango dance.
Couples will be able to break the embrace and use techniques from other dance disciplines, provided they are justified and benefit the performance of the interpreter.
Each category of the Europe Tango Championship will have a winning or champion couple that will accede directly to the final of the 8º Tango Dance World Championship BUENOS AIRES 2010.
The first prize in each category will consist of two tickets from Torino to the City of Buenos Aires and accommodation during the four days (of the month of August) in which the championship’s semifinals and final instances take place. In addition, second and third positions will be awarded prizes and special mentions. All contestants will receive the relevant certificates of participation.