- Title: ARGENTINA: SECOND WORLD TANGO DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN BUENOS AIRES
- Date: 19th August 2004
- Summary: (U7)BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (RECENT) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF THE HALL OF SAN MARTIN THEATRE WITH PARTICIPANTS PREPARING FOR THE COMPETITIONS 0.14 2. CLOSE OF POSTER ADVERTISING COMPETITION 0.15 3. SLV COUPLE DANCING OUTSIDE HALL 0.20 4. SLV DANCE COUPLES ARRIVING FOR THE SEMI FINAL OF BALLROOM TANGO 0.28 5. VARIOUS OF COUPLES COMPETING ON THE DANCE FLOOR OF THE TANGO BALLROOM AND AUDIENCE WATCHING 1.03 6. CLOSE OF WOMAN FILMING ON DIGITIAL CAMERA /PAN TO CONTEST 1.09 7. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE COMPETITOR NORMA ESTER RAYMUNDO, SAYING: "To get to the final last year, for me it was the best. This year I would like to go one step further." 1.19 8. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAPANESE COMPETITOR, NAOMI JHOPTA, SAYING: "It's really nice, there are a lot of people from different cities, so it's nice to meet everybody and the atmosphere dancing with everybody is really nice. " 1.29 9. VARIOUS OF A COLOMBIAN COUPLE COMPETING IN THE STAGE TANGO COMPETITION/ APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE 1,56 10. VARIOUS OF PAIR OF ARGENTINE DANCERS COMPETING IN THE STAGE TANGO COMPETITION 2.17 11. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE COMPETITOR ANALIA CENTURION, SAYING: "As a dancer of ballroom tango one can enjoy oneself much more, and for stage tango it's more for show, you are more dependent on the people who are watching you." 2.25 12. SLV COUPLE OF COMPETITORS WITH A FAN CARRYING A COLOMBIAN FLAG IN HIS HANDS 2.29 13. VARIOUS OF KOREAN COUPLE COMPETING IN THE STAGE TANGO CATEGORY WITH AUDIENCE WATCHING AND APPLAUDING 3.12 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BUENOS AIRES,ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
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- Story Text: Dancers from all over the world convene in Buenos
Aires for the Second World Tango Dancing Championship.
The Second World Tango Dancing Championship kicked
off in Buenos Aires this week, with dancers from all over
the world coming together to compete in this traditionally
The championship, which runs from August 14 to 22,
brings together top dancers from countries including Japan,
Spain, Colombia, the United States, Chile, and Hungary to
join their Argentine counterparts to compete in two dance
categories - ballroom tango and stage tango. Winners go
home with a prize of $3,500 dollars.
For participants like Argentine dancer Norma Ester
Raymundo, it's a chance to really shine and compete among
the best in the world.
"To get to the final last year, for me it was the best.
This year I would like to go one step further," she told
According to Japanese dancer Naomi Jhopta, the
championship offers tango fanatics from all over the world
the chance to come together and celebrate their mutual
"There are a lot of people from different cities, so
it's nice to meet everybody and the atmosphere dancing with
everybody is really nice," she said.
The championship, organised by the Buenos Aires
Secretariat of Culture, is set to be an annual event,
scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires in August of every year.
Regional and metropolitan dance champions will convene
annually in Buenos Aires to compete in this international
Those participating in the Stage Tango categories compete first in
qualifying rounds before reaching the
semi-finals and then finals, due to take place on August
22nd. The competition is adjudicated by a panel supervised
by the Association of Teachers, Dancers and Choreographers
of Argentine Tango.
As Argentine Analia Centurion, who is competing in the
stage tango category, explains, the two different
categories involve very different dance styles.
"As a dancer of ballroom tango one can enjoy oneself
much more, and for stage tango it's more for show, you are
more dependent on the people who are watching you," she
Apart from the competitions, this year's championship
also offers free classes for beginners as well as thematic
classes for more advanced dancers.
Various well known tango singers and musicians are also
performing as part of the festival, while for the less
traditional fans, tango is fused with electronic music as
international DJs spin electronic tango records in a local
Tango was reputedly born in the brothels of Buenos
Aires, where men waiting for women to become available
would dance together to while away the time and to practise
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