Ok. I know I left you hanging after these 2 qualifying rounds. Results were announced last night at 7:30pm and posted to the festival website around 10am this morning. And Facebook is buzzing with the expected controversy.
Day 2 went much faster than day 1. We arrived at 3pm and were dancing by 4pm. It went by so fast. We were in the ronda 29.
Here are some statistics:
389 couples competed in 36 Rondas.
37 countries were represented including Egypt and Lebanon (places I did not know had tango!) Out of those 389 couples, 71 were chosen to continue to the semifinals on Friday. 29 more couples will join those on Friday; these are the champions from other countries.
The highest score given for these qualifying rounds was an 8.61. And 7o couples followed after!
We ended up 108th with a score of 7.47. The last qualifier had a 7.66. I think this is an improvement from the first time we competed! And of course, there are very, very nice dancers who are touring professionals who did not make it to the semi-finals. And there were about 5 older couples who made it through, which I mention only to show that age is not a discriminating factor. Click here to see the published listing.
Interesting that one of the judges posted on her facebook page a comment about why coaches of dancers who are competing are not teaching them how to walk, to listen to the music, to respect their proper space and the space of others, and to embrace. She continues by asking rhetorically if executing an artillery of moves that don’t go to the music is enough for the competition. AND you can imagine the responses. She is a well known respected close embrace teacher in Buenos Aires and internationally recognized. Anther judge responded to her by asking her what happened then if she was there and she was 1/10th responsible for the passing of those dancers!!!! Another fantastic response was how all teachers are responsible for what is seen on the dance floors throughout the tango world. Look inside and be truthful. What are you teaching? He posted. (My super rough translations!)
Again it boils down to the same things you hear me say every time! The rules and the measurements are not well defined….
And the tango world continues to turn. And dancers will be fueled to try better and those winners and those teachers of winners will be well employed throughout the year if they want to be.
Now to enjoy the rest of my time here with the 80 degree weather and my winter clothes!!!
Remember to tell your friends to sign up for the Beginner Tango Blast in September. And I will be doing a 4 week Saturdays Take your Dancing to the Next Level for dancers who have taken the Beginner Blast and who have a little experience with Tango.
See you soon