A quick rundown of our competition categories for SCTC 2018 (and how to dance them). We've provided some fun tips to help you prepare and make your best impression.
Let the fun begin!
All of the social categories are danced in a mock “milonga style” setting. Competitors perform in groups of anywhere from 8 to 12 couples, all out on the floor at the same time. Each group will dance 3 songs in a row, with each song typically being from different classic tango orchestras and with different style, pace, and character. This isn’t always the case but you will most likely encounter these 3 different themes in different songs played: SLOW/MELODIC, FAST/RHYTHMIC, and INTENSE/DRAMATIC.
Most social competitors will compete in all 3 categories. Even if you don't like them all equally, you should register for them to help you warm up for the category you DO like. It might surprise you to discover which category is your best when under pressure.
This is the most exciting and most popular competition category. It’s also the most serious, the most competitive, and also has the biggest prizes (FREE TRIP TO BA). This category has historically been considered as the main event of tango competition, with its winner being held in the highest regard.
Vals is perfect for constant movement and turns, and also known for known for walking a fine line between playful and sensual. The beat never stops and neither should you. Work on your turns in both directions. Work on catching the vals rhythm as you move in linear fashion. Also work on your embellishments within the vals timing. Followers should practice their ochos and mollinetes beforehand.
This category is lots of fun for both competitors and spectators as it's a lot of pressure to dance at high-speed with people watching. You don't know the song and you're not as warmed up like you would be in a regular milonga setting. And since every couple is under pressure to "perform", you never know what wild moves will be put out.
Last note: milonga is supposed to be fun, not hard. This means you look better if you’re having fun and dancing your way out of all your mistakes rather than to be so safe that you don’t try anything. Don't worry about the mistakes and there won't be any!
The senior tango division is a lot of fun and quite competitive. The more seasoned tangueros have knack for connection, elegance and musicality. They're very calm and connected; they all look like they don't get nervous. It’s common to think that the most athletic seniors will win but it hasn’t always been the case. Throwing out wild sacadas in the senior tango category can make you look too much like a showoff.
Stage categories are danced to your chosen song using choreography (memorized movements instead of improvised). You dance one song (per category) each day. Usually, stage competitors will wear fancier/flashier outfits and also more expressive make-up to play up the stage effect.
Last year was the first time the stage category was featured at SCTC and this year is looking to be more exciting. It’s been a great way to showcase the individuality and creative expression of different couples by having them dance their dance to piece of their chosen music.
A fun category showcasing different dance teams and how they express the music with their choreo and group formations. It’s really interesting to see how different teachers come up with different choreo for their teams.
An exciting new category hosted by Oliver Kolker at SCTC 2018! This is basically the “slam dunk competition of tango” where you dance only the fast part of the song (aka “the varición”). You pick any song you like, and do at least 16 counts of the fast part.
Round 1 just happened last night in Argentina. We can't wait for the American PV showdown next February.
Looking for last year’s blog guides?:
The moment is finally here. The maestros, live orchestra & DJ's, decor, tech, volunteer staff, and OVER 200 + COMPETITORS are in place and ready to present to you once again with an unforgettable experience.