Criteria & Guidelines

Guidelines for your participation and full particulars of the Challenge and evaluation:


The Australian Tango Dance Challenge 2016 will be held in March/April 2016 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:

Beginners Level – dancers who have been dancing tango for up to 18 months, and
Open Level – all tango dance couples.

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

Music: Music in all Challenge rounds is chosen by the Organisation.

Judging: 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.


Challenge Stages:

Qualifying Round: 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.

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.

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.

AUSTRALIAN TANGO DANCE CHALLENGE FINALS: 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.


Challenge Guidelines (Evaluation Criteria):

  • 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.


AMATEUR STATUS: 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 2016.

Supporting Schools


Grand Prize - Open Level