Pas­sion and nerves swirl at World Tango Cham­pi­onship

The China Post - - ARTS -

Dancers in love with tango’s pas­sion bit their nails and hit the floor Wed­nes­day as more than 700 cou­ples from far and near con­verged on Buenos Aires, fo­cused on be­ing best.

They were here from 43 coun­tries for the qual­i­fy­ing round of the 2015 World Tango Cham­pi­onship.

If they can glide and em­brace their way through the qual­i­fiers, the dancers will make the cut to be among 590 pairs com­pet­ing in the ball­room tango and stage tango semi­fi­nals.

There is no more ap­pro­pri­ate place for them to com­pete in this pas­sion­ate part­ner dance. The tango dates back to the dance halls of the slums of 1850s Mon­te­v­ideo and Buenos Aires, packed with im­mi­grants — most of them from Italy.

The cham­pi­onships, held ev­ery year since 2003, have drawn in­ter­na­tional en­thu­si­asts from the United King­dom, South Korea, Canada, Colom­bia, Venezuela, Peru and Mexico.

Scores of cou­ples also came in from around Ar­gentina to try to make their mark at the big event.

“I know we are not very good. But it was a goal for us to get here, dance in the cham­pi­onships and also visit bars to see peo­ple danc­ing their dance” in Ar­gentina, said No­zomi Akanuma, a Ja­panese psy­chi­a­trist paired up with Mark Phoenix, 56, an ac­tor from the U.K..


A cou­ple per­form dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing round of the Sa­lon Tango com­pe­ti­tion of the Tango World Cham­pi­onship in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, Tues­day, Aug. 18.

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