Finally, an expressive competition where all styles have their place. You can now enjoy them for what each one has to offer. Review the information below to better understand the subtleties and variations.
Most styles are available in the Professional, Pro/Am and Amateur divisions.
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Unity through diversity
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The Triple Crown
Blending tango's three dances (tango, milonga and vals) in one tanda and in each division (Professional, Pro/Am and Amateur), dancers have the chance to enjoy and express themselves in tango's three distinctive forms, showing diversity and musical timing!
Tango de Pista
An elegant close embrace tango using round techniques in flow. This form allows moving from one side of the chest to the other, a small variation of space between the couple for efficiency, various musical interpretations and longer sequences while always following the line of dance.
A traditional form of tango where the bodies are fully connected at the chest, using smaller moves (typically rhythmic but not exclusively so) and occasionally embodying a leaning form. Dancers seek the traditional, deeper embrace that is held throughout the dance in its turns and sequences. In this style, variations of the molinete are used to accommodate dancing in a small space.
A form encompassing the style of salon tango but allowing for the larger and expressive movements such as barridas, colgadas, volcadas, high boleos, wraps, releases and ganchos now displayed in exhibitions. Combinations of close and open embrace are used to allow more freedom of movement, and an actual release of an embrace is acceptable.
The milonga, Tango’s rhythmic parent, influenced by single, double, traspie and up rhythms, is featured as its very own category. Soulfully dance three milongas in the line of dance while connected to your partner. Traditional milonga “steps” may be incorporated (see syllabus), but the composition of your dance is all your own.
With its own timing and style, danced in 3/4 time, vals is making its solid return. The art of the vals, danced on accenting the 1-3, 3-1 or 1-2-3 in circular motion, is beautiful and refined. Competing in this category will showcase your smooth and flowing sequences, allowing the incorporation of traditional vals elements, vals cruzada and more.
Role Reversed Woman Leading a Woman
An upcoming style that increasingly showcases a woman's skills, this new category welcomes a woman leading a woman in the style of Salon Tango. Based in that genre, ladies have a chance to show their leading or following skills together, keeping the same rules and regulations as the traditional Salon Tango.
Role Reversed Man Leading a Man
Bringing the roots back our new category welcomes a man leading another man, also in the style of Salon Tango. Holding those same rules and regulations, two men may showcase the history of Tango, in true form, with their leading, following and navigation skills. Please note that it is not necessary for one to wear heels, as the judges will be looking at the historical art danced by both men.
Mano a Mano
A newer category to tango inspired by other forms and competitions is Mano y Mano! Welcoming single dancers to enter the floor and rotate partners by the luck of the draw. Enjoy a category where no partner is "technically" required and skill to skill is goes head-to-head with flexibility and the willingness to create harmony.
Stage Tango, Milonga
Tango Stage offers couples and competitors the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and artistically. Available in all Professional, Pro/Am and Amateur divisions, express yourself to the music (either traditional or non-traditional) of your choice. Lifts, slides, kicks and open breaks are allowed. For a complete list of rules, please see our Rules & Regulations page.
Unity, precision and awareness really describe the Tango Stage Group category. Available through an independent teacher or studio, join in on a fun experience working together as a group while creating a very dynamic and harmonious piece. Introducing variety of style - groups may dance to their choice of Tango Stage, Milonga or even Vals!
A category welcoming the next Tango generation to the floor, our youth can perform their own individual piece with either their instructor or another Junior (under the age of 18). Salon Tango or Tango Stage are welcome in this category. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded. All Juniors will receive a "Tango Certificate" for their participation autographed by the festival artists.