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Tango Stage final - and the winners

Not sure what to write about the finals of the Tango Stage Championships 2010 that took place in Buenos Aires on 31st August. I have seen many stage tango performances, having been involved in organising the Championships here in Sydney for the first 3 years, and I find it more and more difficult to go Wow! so I feel that had I been present at the event with blogger Mark I would have had the same reaction. (ho-hum!).Read Mark's blog for a full account of the evening. Had I been there I would have hung around for the Orquesta Escuela de Tango as I am a big fan of theirs... sadly I have yet to find a youtube video of their performance.
I also feel a little sad after reading the comment posted by Janis on the post below, Viva Argentina, asserting that the couple who won the Salon Tango learnt from the 'right' teachers which guaranteed their win.
The stage winners are Diego Ortega and Chizuko Kuwamoto (Colón, Argentina)

So for those who are interested here is the Argentinian…

Viva Argentine Tango

My last post coincided with the finals of the Tango Championship, or World Cup as the Argentinians are now calling it, in Buenos Aires. Tango is definitely not dead - not that any of us believed it ever was, just that in my research amongst old newspapers on another project I occasionally come across some fascinating trivia!
400 couples from 23 countries competed for the crown of Salon Tango Champions and it was won by a young (very young) Argentinian couple. For me they don't have the passion of the older milongueros and while I can see they are enthusiastic and energetic and they clearly have tango in their blood, I would like to see the crown going to the experienced mature dancers.
Read more on TangoAustralia
Here is a report from Argentinian television... see what you think!

Argentine Tango is Dead

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Not my headline - as you can see! This comes from the Washington Post of 1920 - it seems the 'middle-aged dancers' had taken over the dance floor - now that would never do! Seems the men had to be told where to put their hands! and whatever happened to the schottische? in fact what is it?
The full story reads...

London, Aug 28. — The Argentine tango, which has been dying since 1914, got its last jolt today, when Maj. Cecil Taylor, president of the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers Congress, pronounced it dead. Fashionable dances next season will be a new and thoroughly reconstructed tango, the fox-trot, the one-step l’Italienne and the Spanish schottische. Simplicity in movement is the basis of these dances. The ‘hip hold’ is barred.
“The tendency of the modern dance is for simplicity in movement,” said Maj Taylor. “There must be quietness in style. No stunts are wanted. L’Italienne is a waltz in a new theme and the Spanish schottische resembles a fox trot, but it is slower.…