Once a couple assumes the embraced position, the partners must not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that the embrace, which is considered the tango dance position, must not be broken. For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members must be constantly held by the other by means of the embrace. In certain figures the embrace may be flexible, but this should not last throughout the entire song.
All movements must be performed within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace. The Jury will evaluate the couple’s musicality and walking style as fundamental to the qualification. Within these guidelines, contestants may perform any figure commonly used, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas al piso (close to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.
Ganchos (leg hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typical choreographic stage tango possibility shall be completely excluded.
Couples, as in a real dance hall, shall constantly move counterclockwise following the imaginary line of dance, and shall refrain from remaining in the same place for too long, obstructing the normal circulation of dancers around the dance floor. No contestant may raise his/her legs above the knee line.
a) Qualifying Round: all the couples that entered the competition will participate in this stage with a single performance.
b) Semifinal: for the couples selected during the Qualifying rounds and the couples that won the various competitions endorsed by the 7th Dance World Cup. Couples will dance twice, on different days. During this stage, in the Salon Tango category, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires will be represented in the Semifinals by the couples that took places two to five in the 7th City Dance Championship, held in April and May 2009.
c) Final: for the couples selected in the Semifinal. During this stage, in the Salon Tango category, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires will be represented by the winning couple of the 7th City Dance Championship, held in April and May 2009.
Couples will compete in group performances, dancing three pieces, either with recorded or live music, selected by the Organizers.
We think we can do this, now the question is, what will the judges think…