Tango is a challenge

Sydney has just had a tango competition. Organised privately by one of the organisers of a Tango Festival, the Challenge, as it was known, got off to a quiet start, thanks to the many other tango events that were taking place earlier in the year, but with Carolina Bonaventura and Francisco Forquera as the judges it drew quite a deal of interest and a good crowd over Easter. At least so I am told. I was busy with family and was not able to attend. Some years ago I was involved with the organisation of the Australian heats of the Tango Championship (as the Tango World Cup was once known) at the Sydney Opera House. Bound by many rules and regulations because it was a private franchise operation, it required enormous organisation and I still have mixed feelings about its impact on tango dancing in Australia. I know it nearly squashed my love of the dance and the tango culture. However I was enormously pleased to watch the (very) young couple who won, dance at a milonga on Sunday night when we managed to excuse ourselves from the family Easter. They are elegant and dance very well, having been taught by some of Sydney's best teachers and will get enormous pleasure out of their trip to Buenos Aires and their stay at the villa owned by the judges. Follow this link for a video taken by one of the audience.

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