Winners crowned for 2013

I am philosophically opposed to competitions in tango - having been involved in them in Australia almost 10 years ago and seen the underbelly I have many misgivings. But they are an amazing vehicle for launching or reinforcing the careers of the dancers who win... and many like to watch them, so here is a selection from the recent intense couple of weeks and before.
For another point of view  go to Irene and Man Yung's Tango Blog

The World Tango Cup in Buenos Aires in August. Winners of the Salon Tango - Maximiliano Cristiani and Jesica Arfenoni Campeones
Winners of the Stage Tango - Guido Palacios and Florencia Zarate Castilla
Fernando Carrasco and Jimena Hoffner Winners of the Milonga - and also the vals and Adult salon tango in the City Dance Championships

Hugo ‪M‬astrolorenzo y Fatima Valeria Vitale who did not make it past the semi-final because of a problem with the rules… but who are stunning.

Comments

Dear Angelina,

Thanks for linking to us! We like to watch the competition videos too, hoping and hoping and hoping that one day we will see some dancers who will break out of the competition formula and who will move us with their tango. Unfortunately, we have been disappointed for many years now, even though dancers are being even more technically proficient (and able to stick to the rules better and better for their chance of winning).

Another thing that is disappointing: dancers of this style feel validated by the competition that their style of dancing is "authentic" and is perfectly suitable for use in a crowded milonga! We have observed that it is not the case, as the big movements are tailored for show and not for manoeuvre in limited spaces.

Thanks for linking to our point of view again and all the best!

Irene and Man Yung

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