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Tango World Championship opens in Bueno Aires

08-26-2010 09:11 BJT

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At least 400 couples from as far away as Japan and Britain competed in the annual Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires on Monday.

Let's take a look at these passionate performers as they heat up the floor until the finals next week.

Tango emerged as a dance style in the late 1800s in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, slowly becoming popular in Europe, the United States, and Japan.

The Championship attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Buenos Aires every year, according to local authorities.

The competition is broken into two categories: stage tango and salon tango.

At least 400 couples from as far away as Japan and Britain competed in the annual Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires on Monday. 
At least 400 couples from as far away as Japan and Britain competed in the annual 
Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires on Monday. 

Stage tango is a less traditional form of the dance that combines classic tango moves with elements of ballet and even acrobatics.

Salon is the most traditional of Argentine tangos and is more structured, with rules that dictate, for example, that a couple must not separate while the music plays, and must move constantly counter-clockwise.

The winners in each category will take home a prize of five-thousand US dollars.

The annual event has become increasingly international, since its debut in 2002.

The dance was declared part of the world's cultural heritage by the United Nations in September 2009.

The 8th Tango World Championship final will take place under a covered stage in the city's Luna Park next week.


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