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Quick General Rules & Regulations

1.      Competitors of any nationality may enter the competition. U.S. residents must provide a legal and valid form of photo identification (e.g., state issued identification card or driver’s license, passport, resident alien card). Foreign participants (including holders of employment authorization cards or student visas) must provide a legal and valid form of documentation (passports, employment authorization card, student visas, etc.).

​2.     All participants must provide accreditation information at the time of registration on the appropriate forms. Photocopies of official documents must be received within 14 days of the registration date via mail, email, express mail or in person. The same official documents, including photo identification, must be presented when picking up registration materials at the competition. Competitors who do not present these documents will not be allowed to enter the competition. Exceptions will be evaluated in special circumstances such as force majeure. One member of the couple may present documents for both partners. Third party accreditations are not permitted.

​a) Group Entries – The person in charge of managing/training the group (teacher/choreographer) is responsible for providing accreditation documentation for each group member when picking up registration materials.

​3.     Information submitted to the ATWC on the Accreditation Form will be recorded as a sworn statement. Information contrary to the sworn statement will be subject to penalty and/or revocation of any prizes issued.

​4.     All competitors must be registered prior to the start of the competition.

​5.     Pro couples and Amateur couples may enter a category only with one partner, but they may enter multiple level divisions (beginning, intermedio, advanced) with the same partner in the same category.

​6.     Professionals dancing Pro/Am may enter a category in the same level division with no more than three amateur partners. Rounds will be accommodated accordingly.

​7.     Competitors may not share or transfer registrations.

​8.     In the event that a competitor withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, registration fees will not be refunded.

​9.     Competitors must review and adhere to each category’s Evaluation Criteria during the competition.

​10.   Competitors must conduct themselves in a respectful and sportsmanlike manner toward judges, monitors, fellow competitors, spectators, and any personnel or guests associated with the ATWC. Any conduct to the contrary, written or verbal, may incur legal consequences. The ATWC reserves the right to rescind awarded titles and prizes, and future attendance of ATWC events from the offending parties.

​11.  Spectators are welcome to watch all competition rounds.

​12.  By entering the competition, competitors agree to participate in events and ceremonies organized by the ATWC (press conferences, interviews for radio stations and television channels, demos, etc.) as requested by the ATWC.

​13.  With the exception of the Junior Exhibition category, competitors must be at least 18 years old by the first date of the competition. Juniors must be under the age of 18 by the first date of the competition.

​14.  The ATWC may choose to or is currently engaged in the business of creating media, which includes but is not limited to engaging in the following activities for personal and commercial gain: filming, film/video editing, and film/video production; photography, photo editing, and total production; digital photography, digital photo editing, and digital photo production; documentary production and editing; sound recordings; sound manipulation and music productions; television production; and web design and production. By registering for the competition, competitors give consent to the ATWC to capture images and video/sound recordings for use in media, without implicit or explicit compensation.

​15.  By registering for the competition and participating, each competitor acknowledges having read and accepted these General Rules.

Quick General Rules & Regulations

1.      Competitors of any nationality may enter the competition. U.S. residents must provide a legal and valid form of photo identification (e.g., state issued identification card or driver’s license, passport, resident alien card). Foreign participants (including holders of employment authorization cards or student visas) must provide a legal and valid form of documentation (passports, employment authorization card, student visas, etc.).

​2.     All participants must provide accreditation information at the time of registration on the appropriate forms. Photocopies of official documents must be received within 14 days of the registration date via mail, email, express mail or in person. The same official documents, including photo identification, must be presented when picking up registration materials at the competition. Competitors who do not present these documents will not be allowed to enter the competition. Exceptions will be evaluated in special circumstances such as force majeure. One member of the couple may present documents for both partners. Third party accreditations are not permitted.

​a) Group Entries – The person in charge of managing/training the group (teacher/choreographer) is responsible for providing accreditation documentation for each group member when picking up registration materials.

​3.     Information submitted to the ATWC on the Accreditation Form will be recorded as a sworn statement. Information contrary to the sworn statement will be subject to penalty and/or revocation of any prizes issued.

​4.     All competitors must be registered prior to the start of the competition.

​5.     Pro couples and Amateur couples may enter a category only with one partner, but they may enter multiple level divisions (beginning, intermedio, advanced) with the same partner in the same category.

​6.     Professionals dancing Pro/Am may enter a category in the same level division with no more than three amateur partners. Rounds will be accommodated accordingly.

​7.     Competitors may not share or transfer registrations.

​8.     In the event that a competitor withdraws from the competition after the registration fees have been paid, registration fees will not be refunded.

​9.     Competitors must review and adhere to each category’s Evaluation Criteria during the competition.

​10.   Competitors must conduct themselves in a respectful and sportsmanlike manner toward judges, monitors, fellow competitors, spectators, and any personnel or guests associated with the ATWC. Any conduct to the contrary, written or verbal, may incur legal consequences. The ATWC reserves the right to rescind awarded titles and prizes, and future attendance of ATWC events from the offending parties.

​11.  Spectators are welcome to watch all competition rounds.

​12.  By entering the competition, competitors agree to participate in events and ceremonies organized by the ATWC (press conferences, interviews for radio stations and television channels, demos, etc.) as requested by the ATWC.

​13.  With the exception of the Junior Exhibition category, competitors must be at least 18 years old by the first date of the competition. Juniors must be under the age of 18 by the first date of the competition.

​14.  The ATWC may choose to or is currently engaged in the business of creating media, which includes but is not limited to engaging in the following activities for personal and commercial gain: filming, film/video editing, and film/video production; photography, photo editing, and total production; digital photography, digital photo editing, and digital photo production; documentary production and editing; sound recordings; sound manipulation and music productions; television production; and web design and production. By registering for the competition, competitors give consent to the ATWC to capture images and video/sound recordings for use in media, without implicit or explicit compensation.

​15.  By registering for the competition and participating, each competitor acknowledges having read and accepted these General Rules.

  • Competitors
    Dancers competing at the ATWC may do so based on their appropriate division (age, level[s] they want to compete in and whether they are amateur or professional). Each competitor will sign an Accreditation Form formally declaring their division(s), supported by official I.D. NOTE: Competitors are encouraged to enter as many categories as allowed based on the appropriate age division, status and level. Dancers may compete in the Professional (Pro), Professional/Amateur (Pro/Am) and Amateur (Am) divisions based on their eligibility. ​ Professional dancers are defined as dancers who earn money teaching Tango, earn money dancing in Tango exhibitions or shows, or earn money as a Tango escort, taxi dancer or dance instructor. One or more of these qualify someone as a professional. ​ Amateur dancers are defined as never having received monies for teaching, performing and/or exhibition services. In the division of Pro/Am, a couple is defined as a professional dancer partnering with an amateur dancer. In this division, the amateur will be judged within the couple. Additionally, professional dancers may enter the Pro/Am division with any number of amateurs. Rounds will be organized separately for each amateur dancer entered.
  • Accredidation
    All competitors, whether professional or amateur, must sign an Accreditation Form officially declaring their divisions to the ATWC. Competitors are expected to enter only in their registered divisions and may do so in as many categories as they wish. The ATWC will formally record each competitor’s status, available publicly, and will adhere to this status for one (1) calendar year. New changes within the calendar year only need to be disclosed in the event that a competitor has graduated to and wishes to compete in higher level divisions, or has aged into a new division.
  • Rules for all categories and styles
    1. Tango Dance Position Couples must remain in the embrace, or Tango dance position, without separation for the entire length of the song. Exceptions are the exhibition, tango stage, tango stage group and junior exhibition categories. The couples must perform all elements within the space of the embrace. 2. The judges will score couples based on the following criteria (details provided in latter sections): - Embrace - Connection (physical and emotional) - Musicality - Execution of the Syllabus (Performed at various levels) - Technique - Overall composition of the couple’s performance 3. Judges will give special regard to the various rhythms that identify a particular category (e.g., Milonga and Vals). 4. Using different tempo and timing within the same tango is permitted and encouraged. 5. Competitors are encouraged to perform the Syllabus elements provided that are associated with their age division and level. This includes some embellishments and sequences pertaining to a specific style. 6. A competitor is in a particular category based on the elements and should be careful not to use elements out of category. Warnings and possible penalties will be issued for elements performed out of category. 7. In the categories of Summit World Cup Title, Tango Pista, Milonguero Style, Milonga, Vals, Tango Pista Role Reveresed for male and female, for elements requiring one foot off the ground, a limited time frame exists based on Syllabus criteria and level until both feet must be back on the ground. 8. In the categories of Stage Tango, Stage Tango Group and Junior Exhibitions, both feet may come off the ground. 9. Couples will compete in groups, dancing three tango songs previously selected by the ATWC, with the exception of Stage Tango, Stage Tango Group and Junior Exhibitions. In those categories, couples or groups will perform to one song of their choosing. 10. Couples must maintain a counterclockwise movement in a forward direction. One or two back steps in the line of dance are permitted if required by the movement. However, couples may perform a backward combination if the movement still flows forward in the line of dance (e.g., rotating caminada). 11. Couples must maintain the floor circulation for the entire round and cannot stay in the same spot for more than two musical phrases. Couples causing disruption of flow on the floor may receive lower placement. 12. If one couple impedes the floor circulation, other couples may not pass. 13. Neither partner of the couple may lift his/her legs above the line of the knees, with the exception of the Exhibition, Stage Tango, Stage Tango Group and Junior Exhibition categories in accordance with the Syllabus criteria. 14. Couples may perform embellishments within the limit of the line of the knees when danced simply and tastefully, and executed within the music. Dancers in the Exhibition, Tango Stage, Tango Stage Group and Junior Exhibition categories may lift their legs above the line of the knees in accordance with the syllabus criteria.
  • Stage Tango Solo Performance Entries
    General Rules 1. The couples will compete individually in a solo piece of music of their choosing. Using the same piece of music and choreography is encouraged. 2. The selections of music and style may be Tango, Milonga or Vals. Couples must prepare and submit a clean and good quality USB stick of their music. 3. The length of a piece has to be less than 3 minutes 30 seconds. 4. Couples must submit music at the correct speed; adjustments will not be made during the competition. CDs and/or USB sticks should be labeled to include the following information: the couple’s name, song name and orchestra name. Please bring a backup copy in case your master USB stick does not work. 5. Short releases are allowed (e.g., releasing a single arm for a turn or releasing both arms for a brief period and coming back together). Aerial tricks and other movements characteristic of other dances must not be excessive. 6. In case of a technical problem, the adjudicator/head steward will decide if the performance will be repeated at the end of that session. 7. If a couple has an issue with the choreography, the couple may not restart or repeat the performance. The decision to continue dancing lies with the couple. The judging panel will consider the couple’s recovery in the score. 8. Props such as hats, chairs, capes or removal of garments are allowed but must be incorporated into the choreography. 9. If props or costumes are placed on stage during a performance, they must be removed immediately after finishing the dance.
  • Stage Tango Group Entries
    General Rules 1. A Stage Tango Group may be entered by a dance studio, independent or franchised, or entered by an independent choreographer or teacher. 2. Groups must have a minimum of 6 members and no more than to 16 members (3 to 8 couples). 3. A tango teacher/instructor/choreographer must choreograph the routine and train the group for competition. Groups must declare a city of representation. 4. The group leader (instructor, choreographer or line captain) is responsible for picking up awards. 5. The group leader is responsible for ensuring that group members are aware of competition rules and evaluation criteria. 6. Each group will compete in one presented group piece, dancing to a choreographed song of its choice. Using the same piece of music and choreography for each round is encouraged but not mandatory. 7. The selection of music and style may be Tango, Milonga or Vals. Groups must prepare and submit a clean and good quality CD and/or USB stick of their music. 8. The length of a piece has to be less than 3 minutes 30 seconds. 9. Groups must submit music at the correct speed; adjustments will not be made during the competition. USB sticks should be labeled to include the following information: the couple’s name, song name and orchestra name. Please bring a backup copy in case your master CD and/or USB stick does not work. 10. Choreographed group highlights such as canons/fountains/round-offs are allowed but will be evaluated for very clean musicality and timing. 11. In case of a technical problem, the adjudicator/head steward will decide if the performance will be repeated at that session. 12. If a group has an issue with the choreography, the group may not restart or repeat the performance. The decision to continue dancing lies with the group. The judging panel will consider the group’s recovery in the score. 13. Props such as hats, chairs, capes or removal of garments are allowed but must be incorporated into the choreography. 14. If props or costumes are placed on stage during a performance, they must be removed immediately after finishing the dance. 15. If fewer than three (3) groups register for this event, the groups will be judged in a final performance as a Stage Tango Group Showcase. 16. If three (3) or more groups register for this event, the Stage Tango Group category will consist of two stages: Qualifying Round - All registered groups must compete in the qualifying round. - Groups will perform one tango song of their own choosing. Finals - Groups that have qualified will move into the final round. - Groups will perform one tango song of their own choosing.
  • Competition Format and Rounds
    Qualifying Round(s) All registered couples must compete in the qualifying rounds. Depending on the number of entries, couples will compete in two qualifying rounds held on consecutive days. - All Tango Tanda Categories: three songs per round Semifinals Couples who have qualified will dance one Semifinal round - All Tango Tanda Categories: three songs per round - Stage Tango: one song per round Finals Couples who have qualified will dance one Final round - All Tango Tanda Categories: three songs per round - Stage Tango: one song per round A maximum of 30 couples will go to the finals Minimum number of registered couples/groups to validate the competition per category: - All Tango Tanda Categories: 3 registered couples - Stage Tango: 3 registered couples - Stage Tango Group: 2 groups

Rules and regulations are set forth to guide dancers by level, classify styles and divisions and treat all competitors with impartiality. 

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