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STS Festival

March 2013

Organised by Sima Oertli

Dance Challenge for amateur Australian tango dance couples
Beginner & Open Level categories
Registrations NOW OPEN

To all Tango dance couples throughout Australia - polish up your dancing shoes and join us for this special event!
Learn more about Milonga Etiquette and develop your own skills and understanding of the music, the dance and the soul of Argentine Tango, on your own 'tango journey'. This is your chance to work with your teachers and each other for a richer and more fulfilling understanding of this unique dance and culture and attitude to life itself.

Qualifying rounds will be held in Sydney throughout March 2013 and final judging will be on Friday 29 March and Saturday 30 March 2013, over the Easter long weekend. Categories for Beginners (up to 18 months tango experience) and Open levels. See below for details to register.
*** Grand Prize for Open Level winning couple is Return tickets Sydney/Buenos Aires and 6 nights at Mariposita in San Telmo, Buenos Aires.

The Challenge Finals will be followed by workshops from Easter Sunday with Carolina Bonaventura & Francisco Forquera - a great chance to work with these incredible Maestros to enhance your tango experience and see their amazing skills and understanding of Argentine Tango in performance and workshops.
These incredible maestros are celebrated worldwide for their Tango Salon and Stage performances and teaching.
Full details soon of workshops from All Levels to Advanced in Tango Salon and Stage Tango.

For more information about these workshops: Sima 0411 822 258 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



  • - Qualifying rounds at Sydney milongas throughout March 2013
  • - Extra rounds for couples from interstate and country Friday 29 March
  • - Beginner Finals (dance experience to 18 months) with Finals Prize
  • - Open Finals with STS Festival International Judges 30 March 2013
  • - Grand prize for Open Level Tango Challenge winning couple**
  • ** Return tickets Sydney/Buenos Aires plus 6 nights at Mariposita de San Telmo


DETAILS & REGISTRATION ONLINE: http://www.atdc.net.au/

Sima 0411 822 258 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Australian Tango Dance Challenge (ATDC) 2013 will be held in MARCH 2013 in the city of Sydney and is open to all amateur tango dance couples.  All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Entries are invited for two Challenge Categories:
Tango Beginners – dancers who have been dancing tango for up to 18 mths
Tango Open Level – all tango dance couples

All participants must be pre-registered and pre-paid prior to participating in their first qualifying round.

Music in all Challenge rounds is chosen by the Organisation.

Judges and judging panels will be appointed by the Organisation.
Judges decisions in all rounds of Beginner and Open Levels will be final and not subject to appeal. By enrolling, participants accept this condition.


All couples will participate in this Stage. Couples will dance 3 pieces of music.
All couples who have not contravened the Challenge Guidelines (evaluation criteria) are deemed to have passed the qualifying guidelines and proceed to the Quarter Finals.

At this Stage, all couples will dance to 3 pieces of music.
Some couples from each Quarter Final round will be chosen by the judging panel to proceed to the Semi Finals.

Couples selected from the Quarter Final rounds will dance to 3 pieces of music.
Some couples from each Semi Final round will be chosen by the judging panel to proceed to the Challenge Final.

Couples selected from the Semi Final rounds will dance 3 pieces of music.
The winning couple of the Beginners Final will have the option of participating in the Open Levels Final.
In case of a tie in the Finals decision, the particular couples will be asked to perform an extra piece of music chosen by the Judges.


  • Once formed, the couples must not separate while the music is playing. This means that they will not break the embrace which is considered the basic dance position in tango.
  • 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 movement must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
  • The judging panel will take into account the couple’s musicality and walking style as fundamental to their score.
  • Within these parameters, the couple may perform any commonly used figures, including barridas (sweeps). Sacadas al piso (drawn to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.
  • All other figures typical of Stage Tango such as ganchos (hooks), saltos (jumps) and trepadas (climbs) are completely forbidden.
  • Couples must constantly move counterclockwise and may not stay in the same part of the choreographic space as this would obstruct the circulation on the dance floor.
  • Couples must not overtake other couples on the floor and must maintain an equidistance to the couple before them.
  • Neither member of the couple may lift his or her legs above the knees.

Both Beginners and Open Level categories of the Australian Tango Dance Challenge 2013 will have a winning couple and prizes will be awarded.

All contestants will receive a Tango Dance Challenge 2013 participation certificate with their Challenge Participation Level.

Registrations will be open in October 2012. All information provided at the time of registration will be considered a sworn statement. Any contradiction in the information subsequent to the signature shall be penalised.

Amateur status is deemed to be any tango dancer who does not derive a regular income from teaching or performing tango and has not assisted in any instance of PAID teaching or performance in the 12 months preceding the Australian Tango Dance Challenge 2013.


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