As we all know, Official USA Tango Championship is around the corner. Needless to say, it’s very important to get as much experience in performing as possible before the big day. For the past two years I offered a mock-competition to the registered competitors of the Official Championship for a chance to gain experience; many supported the idea and it ended up being a very good experience for everyone involved –dancers, organizers and spectators. This year, I am officially starting the Southern California Competition. Anyone from Southern California who is interested in competing is welcome!! There are absolutely no restrictions.
The competition consists of 1 category:
The competitors will be dancing in groups of 4 couples. Each group will be dancing 3 songs for the qualifying round & 3 songs for the final round.
About the Position of Tango Dance:
Once a couple forms a dance frame, the partners shall not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that they cannot break the embrace, which is considered as the Tango dance position.
For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace. It is understood that, in certain figures, this may be flexible; but not throughout the entire piece of music.
All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
The Judges will give special relevance to the couple’s musicality and connection, technique, music interpretation and elegant walking style.
Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas (close to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.
Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage tango possibilities where both feet lose contact with the floor are completely excluded.
Couples, as in a real dance hall, must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid remaining in the same place for too long to avoid the floor circulation.
None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs beyond the line of the knees. Some foot embellishments are allowed within this limit.
Elegant social dance wear for women and traditional suits for men are advised although costumes will not be considered as a specific evaluation point in this category.
The competition will have preliminary & final rounds only. The competition will take place on March 6th at MQ
Competition: 7:30PM – 9:00PM.
Milonga: 9:00-12:30AM w/ DJ LAMPIS
Attendance tickets to view the competition – $10 at the door (this tiicket does not allow non dancers to stay at the milonga or see the special performance)
Milonga Pass – $15 at the door
(Championship Entrance Fee + Milonga) $20
Please purchase the tickets online through paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee seating.
Special Performances by
1) The Champions of 1 Annual Southern California Tango Salon Competition
2) ANDREA MONTI & DIEGO LANAU*
Contest Entry Fee: $50 per couple
The first place winning couple will receive $400
The second and third place winning couples will receive honorable mentions, 50%OFF Yuli B Souple Tango Shoes, 2 free entry per person to Yuli B’s Milongas.
There will be 5 qualified judges!
Location: ARGENTINE ASSOCIATION
Address: 2100 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91504
To REGISTER, please go to www.paypal.com and make the payment at email@example.com. Please mention the competing couple’s full name and the name of the competing category. The deadline for the registration is MARCH 1.
*** Souple & Bandolera tango shoes will be displayed on March 6th.