Eligibility to Enter
1. Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
2. Contestants may participate in both the Pista (Salon) Tango and Stage Tango categories. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
3. Dancers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the competition, but applicants must prove that they have been residents for at least the last three years (by the date of the competition) in the United Kingdom or Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, Poland, Ukraine and Luxembourg.
4. All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of the identity document (birth certificate, passport, rent contract or similar) to certify the place of birth or residence in Europe is mandatory to obtain accreditation. It will not be necessary that the two members of the couple submit for accreditation; it can be done by one of the members bringing both documents.
5. Accreditation by third parties shall not be made.
6. All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement. Any contradiction subsequent to the signature will be penalized by either a decreased score or a disqualification to compete or any other measures established by this body.
7. All the competition rounds (qualifying, semi-finals and finals) will be open to spectators.
* Clarification on who can compete:
Participation in both Pista and Stage Tango Categories competitions are open to everyone. Professional dancers and amateur dances of intermediate level and above compete in the same category according to the rules established by Tango Buenos Aires Dance World Cup. Adherence to these rules qualifies our competition in London, UK to be recognized as valid by the main Buenos Aires event.
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 teaches nor performs tango. They might be excellent Pista (salon) dancers. To accommodate different ways in which dancers excel at tango, the two divisions for the competition were established: Pista Tango Competition (social category for both amateurs and professional) and Stage Tango Competition (performance category for amateur advanced level and professional level dancers).