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Baltic Open Cup and Latvian Argentine tango Championship 2018


Date and venue:
The competition takes place on May 5, 2018, at the Culture and sport center „HiCentrs”, 
Adress: Maskavas street 1, Riga, Latvia.

Organizer: Argentine Tango Federation of Latvia

1. GENERAL CONDITIONS
1.1. Open Cup’s goals and objectives:
Participants’ skill rising;
Preparation of participants for the Europe and World championships;
Argentine tango development in Baltic region;
Exchange of experience between Argentine tango experts

1.2. Categories for participation and registration:
1. Tango de pista, subcategories:
a. Beginners;
b. Open (for dancers with experience);
c. Seniors;

2. Milonga;
3. Tango valse, subcategories:
a. Open;
b. Seniors;

4. Milonguero;
5. Show (stage) tango.

1.3. Stages of competition:
Competition in each category is carried out with at least 3 participating pairs. Organizers have the right not to conduct a contest in a separate category with less than 3 pairs in it.
If there are less than 8 pairs in a category, competition is carried out in 1 stage. In the categories with a number of pairs more than 8, a qualification round and a final round will be organized.
In “Tango de pista” category, pairs will perform 3 tangos in one ronda, all melodies will be chosen by organizers.
In “Milonga” and “Tango valse” categories pairs will perform 3 melodies in one ronda, all tunes will be chosen by organizers.
In Miloguero category, 4 tangos will be in one ronda, and the tunes will be picked from different orchestras.
Participants and the titles of tunes will be announced just before rondas in all the above-mentioned categories.

In “Show (Stage) Tango” category, pairs perform one composition to the musical piece of their own choice (1 piece of music x 1 round). Maximum duration of the tune is 4 minutes. A record in MP3 format must be submitted to the organizers in advance.
Spectators are welcome at all rounds of the competition. Booking of tickets will be available before the event.


2. REGISTRATIONS RULES
2.1. Couples of Argentinian Tango lovers from Baltic States, Baltic region, Europe and Asia, of all skill levels from beginner to professional are invited.
2.2. A couple of contestants implies the presence of a leading man and a folower woman.
2.3.Participants may take part in any and each category. However, none contestant may participate more than once in the same category/subcategory, regardless the participant’s intention to register with another partner.
2.4. In Tango de Pista category, subcategories Beginer; Open; Seniors and in Valse category, subcategories Open, Seniors are considered one categori. You may not compite in more thet one.
2.5. Contestants must be aged 18 and above by the day of the competition to be allowed to participate.
2.6. All interested in participating in the Baltic Open Cup and the Argentine Tango Championship 2018 of Latvia must timely submit their filled application, a form may be requested from the organizers. All the information given in the application is held as an official statement. Therefore, any facts of contradiction to this information may be a cause for disqualification.
2.7 Application must be submitted online at www.tango-federation.lv Application for the competition starts on January 15th 2018, registration and payment must be submited by April 25,  2018.
2.8 All participants must personally verify their registration before 12:00, May 5th, 2018. Verification by third party are not considered valid.

* Explanations for the participants of the competition for selecting the category and applications for the competition

2.9 Tango de Pista “Beginners” category, participate pouples with an experience from six months to one and a half years are welcome to participate. Such a broad period is due to non-uniform intensity of training and attending milongas by different dancers. Over one and a half year experience, a couple is usually classified as an "intermediate" and is a contender for the Open category of Tango de Pista.
2.10. Tango de Pista “Open” category, participate the couples with experiance of more then 1.5 years and at least one participant in the couple must be younger then 50 years.
2.11. Tango de Pista “Seniors” and Tango Valse “Seniors” both contestants in a couple must be older then 50 years.
2.12 Professional dancers and amateur dancers of intermediate and higher levels may compete in the same category according to the rules established by Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup. 
The distinction between a “professional” and “amateur” dance has less to do with the level of skill and more with a professional status of the dancers. “Professional” means that dancers make a living from teaching and dancing/performing tango, and “amateur” means that they do not, but it does not always imply that the level of the professional couple dance is superior to the level of the amateur couple.
There are dancers for whom tango is their main source of income. They are likely to be good instructors, but their level of dance and performance can vary: the professional couple can be excellent at dance or not so great. On the other hand, there are good amateur couples who do not teach tango and get no income from performances, but have achieved an exceptional level of dance. There is also the case of stage dancers who only dance choreographed pieces, but are helpless when it comes to social dancing: they cannot dance in milongas. Finally, there are very skilled social dancers (people who only dance in milongas), but who neither teach nor perform tango. They might be excellent salon dancers. In order to accommodate a diversity of tango, several competition categories are established: Tango de Pista, Milonga, Tango Valse and Milonguero. They represent the milestones of the social tango development. Categogy Stage Tango is open for the professionals and amateurs who want to to apply broader and more dramatic means of expression.  

3. FINANCIAL CONDITIONS:
3.1. It is a non-profit event. All the revenues will cover the costs of rent, the prizes to the winners and ensuring conditions for participation dancers.
3.2. The organization and financial support of the event are based on charitable donations from the participants.
A charitable donation of 30 Euro per couple for participation in each category, if contrebuted before March 1,
and 40 Euro in case of сontrebution after March 2. When applying for participation in more than three categories, contributions for the fourth and fifth categories are not charged.
In case of absence of the alleged participants, the money paid for participation will not be returned.

4. EVALUATION CRITERIA:
4.A. For the categories “Tango de pista” (subcategories: a. Beginners; b. Open; c. Seniors), “Milonga” and “Tango valse”:
4.A1. About the Position of Tango Dance:
a. Once a couple forms a dance frame, the partners shall not separate as long as the music is playing. This means that they cannot break the embrace, which is considered as the Tango dance position.
b. For the position to be considered correct, partners must constantly hold each other by means of the embrace.It means that, in certain figures, it may be flexible, but not throughout the entire piece of music.
c. All movements shall be performed within the space allowed by the couples’ embrace.
4.A. 2. The Judges will give special relevance to the couples’ musicality and connection, technique, music interpretation and elegant walking style.
4.A. 3. Within these guidelines, participants may perform any figure commonly used, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas (close to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.
4.A. 4. Ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps), trepadas (climbs) and any other typically stage tango possibilities where both feet lose a contact with the floor are completely excluded.
4.A. 5. Couple must constantly move counterclockwise and avoid staying at the same place for too long holding a circulation on the floor, as they are in the real dance hall.
4.A. 6. None of the members of the couple may lift his/her legs above the line of the knees. Foot embellishments are allowed within this limit.
4. A.7. In assessment of the Beginners category, the main criteria are an embrace and a connection in the pair, a navigation on the dance floor, dancing in a pulse and the overall impression from the pair. Evaluation of the performance of elements will be based on the first year program: various caminadas, ochos, ocho cortado, media-giro and giro. More complex elements beyond the first year of study will not be evaluated, an abusive usage of this elements may accrue penalty points. Beginners’ ronda will also not get any complex rhythmic compositions or dramatic melodies.
4.A.8. In “Milonguero” category, the talents of each partner are rated separately. After every dance the partner has to be changed. Those who show best skills in dancing with different partners win.  

4.B. Show (Stage) Tango (professional and amateurs)
4.B.1. In the Stage Tango Category, each couple will compete individually, dancing to a choreographed song of their choice.
4.B.2. Length of a musical piece has to be within 4 minutes limit. Couples must be prepared to submit recording of Tango, Milonga or Vals; non-Tango pieces are not allowed. All music must be recorded in a good quality at the proper speed, and will not be adjusted for performance. USB-stick with the music need to have a label with names: dancers, song and orchestra. It is suggested that you bring a backup in case of any problem with your master copy. The recording will be returned to the owner after competition.
4.B.3. Participants will be able to express their personal view on the Tango dance: it means that they may use movements, figures and applications that are not usually related to traditional Tango, however, the choreography must include traditional figures of Tango such as: ochos, long walks, boleos, ganchos, and also the “milonguero embrace”.
4.B.4. Couples may break the embrace and use techniques derived from other dance disciplines, as long as these are justified and performed for the benefit of the interpreter.
4.B.5. Aerial tricks and other movements characteristic of other dances must not be excessive, (this means that they should not exceed one third of the performance). A couple have to use whole scenic space during the performance.
4.B.6. The Judges will take into account the following criteria:
A. Choreographic composition
B. Preservation of the Tango essence
C. Use of the stage space.
D. Choreographic and postural techniques
E. Body and space alignment.
F. Couples’ synchronicity
G. Choreographic effects
H. Music Interpretation
I. Musical accuracy
J. Tango costumes and make-up (usage of inappropriate costumes that are not typical for preforming tango such as salsa or ice-skating costumes will be penalized)

5. THE RULES FOR THE COSTUMES:
Male: trousers, shirt, shoes in classic style; tie, waistcoat and jacket are allowed.
Female: elegant dress, shoes.
It is not allowed to wear casual, sports or jeans clothes.

6. JURY:
6.1. Each category\subcategory will be judged by jury of 3 people.
Panel of judges will consist of respectable tango teachers.
The head of jury is famous dancer and teacher, the legend of tango Milena Plebs (Argentine)
The panel of judges:
Artem Mayorov (Russia)
Julia Osina (Russia)
Carlos Rodriguez (Argentina)
Julia Zueva (Russia)
A meeting for coordinating the work of the jury will be held on the day of the competition.
In finals of all categories, 4th voice is given to the auditorium. 

6.2. Jury will choose one winner pair in each category\subcategory
6.3. Decisions of the Jury are indisputable. Every participant must agree to this rule.
6.4. Organizers have the right to ban any person from participating in a championship, who:
a) Does not follow the rules;
b) Has performed an offensive act, which may harm an image of the championship and cause displeasure of public.

7. AWARDING CEREMONY:
7.1. Champions and Awardees in each category will be defined during the Competition. Winners and awardees will be rewarded with medals and cups. All participants will receive a diploma.
7.2. Champions and Awardees in the Latvian Championship of Argentine tango will be defined amongst the participants from Latvia in each category , but only if there are more than 3 Latvian couples in that category.
7.3. During the announcement of final results, finalists are announced with all their data, naming champion, club, and teacher (trainer).

* Professional video filming and photo shooting will be done during the contest. The rights on video filming and photo shooting realization belong to the organizers.