THE RULES OF THE TANGO BA MUNDIAL DE BAILE PRELIMINARY SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE FESTIVAL.
BY REGISTERING FOR THE TANGO BA MUNDIAL DE BAILE PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP THE PARTICIPANT ("YOU") ALSO ACCEPT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE FESTIVAL ISTANBUL TANGO FIESTA.
RULES (Official Preliminary of Tango Buenos Festival & World Cup)
The Tango Dance competition will consist of the following category: Tango de Pista. Entry is open to amateurs and professionals.
The Buenos Aires City’s Office of Festivals and Central Events of the Ministry of Culture will bethe highest authority in the competition, with regard to the compliance of all the terms and conditions stated in these Rules. However, the organizing body of the PRELIMINARY will be the only one responsible for carrying out the event, in accordance with the letter agreement signed in due course and in each particular case with the Office of Festivals and Central Events. The organization of the PRELIMINARY may charge a fee to enter the competition, as well as to register in workshops or other scheduled activities. For this purpose, the Organizer will state, in the Annex I of these Rules, all information related to dates and ways to register, additional awards and mentions to the one established in the present Rules.
To be eligible to register, dance partners must be 18 years of age by the start date of the local competition and must demonstrate a minimum of 1 (one) years of residence within the area of influence of the corresponding Preliminary.
No one will be allowed to register two or more times in the same category, but it will be possible in different ones, with the same or a different partner.
If both members of the couple are natives or residents of different cities, they will have to choose the city of residence or birth of either one, as couples are allowed to represent only one city.
The following individuals will not be allowed to compete: staff of the Buenos Aires’s City Office ofFestivals and Central Events; organizers of official preliminaries and jury members of Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup and its preliminaries; sponsors and/or staff of companies that sponsor the PRELIMINARY, or another person with a permanent or temporary relationship with the Office of Festivals.
Eligible countries (in alphabetical order): Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.
REGISTRATION PROCESS and REQUIREMENTS
All the contestants will have to register online and make the payment within 5 business days of the registration. The contestants also have to be present at 14 June 2019 (18:00 Istanbul Time (2 Hours Prior to the Commencement of the Championship)) the first date of the competition in Istanbul. This date & time is subject to change. Please refer to the website closer to the date of the competition for possible changes.
In order to check in, all contestants must attend on the date and time specified by the Organization of the Preliminary, with their ID card or passport (original copy). At this opportunity, they will receive the order number and be informed of the approximate dates and times on which they will perform in the different stages of the corresponding category.
Those who do not check in will not be able to participate in the championship. A delay will only be considered in duly proven cases of force majeure, except in the event of circumstances of public knowledge.
At the time of check‐in, contestants will have to complete a form with their personal details, and with any other additional information required by the organization. On this form, they shall inform if they have had a work, professional or personal relationship with any of the members of the jury from the competition, in the last 6 months (180 days) prior to the championship.
All the information provided at the time of check‐in will be considered a sworn statement. Any contradiction in the information, subsequent to the signature, shall be penalized by the Organization with the subtraction of points, disqualification from the competition, or any other resolution that this body may establish.
The national ID and the registration form must be shown at every stage of the competition.
All championship contestants commit themselves to participate in various ceremonies and events planned by the Organization of the Preliminary - such as press conferences, interviews for radio stations and over‐the‐air or cable television channels, etc. - if they are summoned for such purpose.
The competition, Tango de Pista category, will be developed in 3 (three) stages, according to the schedule established by the Organisation: a) Qualifying Round, b) Semifinal, c) Final.
In the Pista Tango category, couples will compete in group performances, dancing to three recorded songs, selected by the Organization.
The Organization will be entitled to eliminate from the competition those participants that:
In order to ensure the impartiality and professional integrity of the jury members, contestants will not be able to participate in seminars, workshops and/or classes taught by any member of the jury, as long as they are in the competition.
The jury will be composed of a minimum of 4 (four) members, who - understanding and accepting the rules of the competition, and committing to their compliance - will determine the score of the participating couples. The juries will be appointed in accordance with the Office of Festivals and the Organization of the Preliminary.
All the decisions of the jury will not be subject to appeal. By enrolling, participants accept this condition. In case of distrust or disagreement, participants may submit a written statement (in Spanish or English) to the Organization and NOT directly to the panel of evaluating judges. Any jury member who may have had a work relationship or been the teacher of any of the participants of the Preliminary for a period of at least 6 months close to the beginning of the competition, shall refrain from scoring such participant. For this purpose, both the voluntary statements of the jury and the information provided by participants when enrolling will be taken into account. In these cases, to get the couple’s final score, the judges’ scores will be added, and this amount will be divided by the number of jury members who actually voted.
The final score for each performance will result from the accumulation of points, given by each member of the jury on a scale of 1 to 10 (with decimals), in accordance with the criteria described in the following section.
The jury will choose a winning couple. Also, the jury (with the agreement of the Organizer) may grant awards and special mentions to the second and third place, and will be entitled to award other mentions if deemed appropriate.
In exceptional cases (power interruption, incidents on stage, etc.), the jury may determine that contestants should dance to additional songs to arrive at a fair verdict. Participants may not refuse to perform.
In case of a tie, the couples with the same final score will have to break the draw, either by dancing an additional round until a winning couple emerges from the votes of the jury.
Appointed by the Office of Festivals and Central Events, the Supervisor will bear the responsibility of ensuring the compliance of the present Rules and properly solve any inconvenience not considered in these Rules and establish or inform about the clarifying or interpretative rules that he considers necessary.
TANGO DE PISTA (UNRESTRICTED ENTY, AMATEURS AND PROFESSIONALS)
Tango de Pista is conceived as a social dance, where the most important aspects are the improvisation, embrace and connection between the dance partners.
Circulation of couples: Couples, as in real dance hall, will dance in rounds and will have to constantly move counterclockwise without going backwards. They will be allowed, if needed, to walk one or two steps backwards at most always within the space of the couple.
The couple must be aware and respectful of their own and other couples' space in the round in order not to break the harmony when moving around. If a couple performs more than two phrases in the same spot, obstructing the circulation on the dance floor the Jury may consider lowering their score.
In the event that one couple stops the flow of traffic around the dance floor, it is not possible for other couples to go past them. If the jury deems it necessary, the round of couples may have to dance to another tango to solve inconveniences.
Once formed, the couple must not separate while the music is playing. For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained all the time by the arm of the other. It is understood that in certain figures, this may be flexible, but not throughout the duration of the dance.All movements must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace, so as not to get in the way of the other couples dancing. The leader may invite the follower to walk and/or turn to their right or left, without taking steps backwards on the dance floor.
It is not necessary for partners to break the embrace between tangos.
Evaluation criteria: the couple may perform any commonly used figures of "social" tango, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas al piso (drawn to the floor), enrosques (twists), gauchos (hooks), boles, etc. as well as embellishments always within their own space, without standing in the way of couples dancing around them. Jumps, figures that involve losing the contact of both feet with the floor and all other choreographic possibilities typical of Stage Tango are completely forbidden.
The Jury will take into account the couple’s own interpretation in different styles as fundemental to the score. They will also consider their musicality, elegant walking style, but especially the connection between partners and the search for their expression, as well as the ability to change the dynamics and speed accordingly depending on the tango being played.
Costumes: Outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process, but dancers are recommended to dress smartly. When choosing the outfit, hairstyle and make-up, please be reminded that Tango de Pista is a social dance and not a stage dance.
FILMING and PHOTOGRAPHING
The Organization of the Preliminary reserves the right to record all the stages of the Championship, by any means known or to be known—including but not limited to filming, recording, photographing, digitalization, etc.—by itself or third parties, in order to promote and advertise the event. The recorded material obtained will be exclusive property of the Organization of the Preliminary, who will have to turn a copy of it, as established by the Collaboration Agreement, to the Office of Festivals. By entering the Championship, participants explicitly and irrevocably authorize the use of the recorded material, without this suggesting—or implying—any compensation for any reason whatsoever by the Organization of the Preliminary and/or the Office of Festivals, in favor of any person or organization that claims entitlement to any right that may be invoked. This clause also includes, without limitations, all photographic material published and/or made available for promotion, advertisement, etc.
Each category of the PRELIMINARY OF TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2019 will have one winning couple, who will automatically qualify to compete at the TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2019, starting in the semifinal rounds and representing the PRELIMINARY and not the city of origin or residence of the dancers, without exception. The first prize in each category will be provided by the Organization of the Preliminary and will consist of two tickets from the city of residence of winning couple to the City of Buenos Aires, including airfares and travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the days of the semifinals and finals of TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2019, in the month of August, in order to participate in this competition.
Being the Preliminary part of the European Continent, the winning couple is entitled to compete in the final rounds of the 10° European Tango Championship. The winning couple is the solely responsible for covering the costs of transfer and accommodation.
If the winning couple in any of the official categories renounces to participate in TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND DANCE WORLD CUP 2019 from the semifinal instances, representing the PRELIMINARY, it will automatically also renounce to the prize consisting of two tickets to the City of Buenos Aires, accommodation and meal expenses, leaving both members of the couple unable to participate in TANGO BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL & DANCE WORLD CUP 2019.
In those cases where the competition in one or both categories has lost its official character for not having the minimum of 10 participating couples, the Organization of the PRELIMINARY will be exempted from the obligation to grant the winning couple the prize consisting of two tickets, accommodation and meal expenses. In this case, the Organization may choose to offer alternative prizes for the non-official competition.
The organization may establish additional prizes, and all contestants will obtain the corresponding participation certificate. A couple’s registration and subsequent check‐in implies knowledge and acceptance of these Rules by each one of the participants.
The participation fee is 25 Euros for one person for each (one) category (50 Euros for one couple for one category). The participation fee is non-refundable due to any reasons.
All contestants must join all the ceremonies, events, photo shootings and other advertisement organised during the championship and additional to this, the winners (the contestants who are in the first 5 place) must join to these events after the championship as requested by the organisation.
The Organisation Team have the right to change the rules, time or shape of the organisation due to unexpected events or any other reasons.