A couple from Patagonia and another from Buenos Aires consecrated themselves as world champions of tango dance in front of the Obelisk

Before the watchful eyes of the Obelisk and of a crowd, the gala for the finals of the 19th edition of the Tango Dance World Cup. A competition featuring 55 couples willing to win the title of champions in the Pista Tango category, in the Stage Tango category, or in both.

The track winners category of milongas came from Patagonia: they were Cynthia Palacios and Sebastian Bolivar, from Cipolletti, Rio Negro. And on stage, where the choreographies shine, world tango dance champions were consecrated Constanza Vieyto and Ricardo Astradaof Parchment.

“Tango is my whole life,” said Astrada, 42. Her dance partner, Constanza, is 35 and a native of Guaymallén, Mendoza. They are not a couple in real life, but they are in artistic life: they dance at the Faena Hotel and it is the first time they have performed together at the World Cup. They are part of the group Rojo Tango and that is why they chose the song “Mala yunta”, performed by the same orchestra.

Ricardo and Constanza are a dance couple: they perform at the Faena.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez Ricardo and Constanza are a dance couple: they perform at the Faena. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

“We came for revenge and here we are, with the trophy in hand”, celebrated Sebastian Bolívar (26), champion together with Cynthia Palacios (33) in the Track category. “We live in Allen, Río Negro, but this time we represent Cipoletti -she said- . we arrived with a suitcase full of dreams and with all these people who came to accompany us (for the “bloated”). This is all amazing,” she visibly moved.

“For me tango is my lifeI live for this and I love what I do,” Bolívar stressed.

Sebastián Palacios and Cynthia Palacios, from Cipolleti, Río Negro.  The world champions of Pista Tango.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez Sebastián Palacios and Cynthia Palacios, from Cipolleti, Río Negro. The world champions of Pista Tango. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

A party that lasted five hours

According to sources from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Culture, organizer of the event, 20,000 people attended. The public arrived early: at 3:30 p.m., the 5,500 stalls installed in front of the stage was packed. In the first row were ambassadors and diplomats from China, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Austria and Slovenia. Many people were left standing, inside and outside the fences that delimited a huge “tango room” in the open air.

The gala, hosted by broadcaster Carlitos Lin, could be seen live on buenosaires.gob.ar/tangoba. The program for the Tango BA festival, which ends this Sunday, is available on that same website.

From 16 the shows began, in which they will parade more than 80 artists from all over the country. Like the singer Nora Roca, from Bahía Blanca, who performed with the Grupo Volpe Tango Contemporáneo, with Víctor Volpe as musical director.

The singer Nora Roca, from Bahía Blanca, at the final gala of the Tango World Cup.  Photo GCBA The singer Nora Roca, from Bahía Blanca, at the final gala of the Tango World Cup. Photo GCBA

Around 4:30 p.m., the finalist couples of dancers went on stage. People cheered them. Are 55 that were the best of the total of 562 who participated in the World Cup. There are 5 who competed in both categories. The neighbors were able to choose their favorites through the Citizen Participation website.

In Track Tangowhich is the one with feet on the floor and a sustained embrace that is danced in milongas, competed 40 couples for the major title, coming from Argentina, Indonesia, Russia, Holland, Colombia, Italy, Brazil, Korea and Japan.

The finalist couples prepare to go on stage.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez The finalist couples prepare to go on stage. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

In Tango Stagewhich is the choreography and where pirouettes and skills are allowed, there was 20 finalist couples from Argentina, Russia, Colombia, Holland, Japan and Italy.

For the first time after three years, all couples were present at the final. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the World Cup was held in virtual format, and in 2021 a hybrid modality was used, so that participants from more distant places could compete by video.

Twenty couples compete in the World Stage Tango category.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez Twenty couples compete in the World Stage Tango category. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

The jury of this year for the Tango de Pista category was made up of tango dancers and choreographers: they are Cristina Sosa, Jorge Firpo, Natalia Games, Fabian Peralta (2006 champion), Noelia Hurtado, Carlos Cortés and Carolina Bonaventura. And for Stage Tango, the jurors were Gisela Galeasi, Leonardo Cuello, Pilar Álvarez, Gabriel Angio, Eduardo Capussi, Romina Levin and Sergio Cortazzo.

The warm-up of the finalist couples of the Tango Dance World Cup.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez The warm-up of the finalist couples of the Tango Dance World Cup. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

The World Cup began to take shape and color in the third round of the Tango de Pista category, with the entry of Carlos Estigarribia and Dana Zampedri, both from Córdoba, who had own swollen. But the Sebastián Bolívar-Cynthia Palacios duo, from Cipoletti, received a thunderous ovation from their fans who they came especially to encourage them from Patagonia. Later, they would find out that they were the winners.

In that same round, Stefano Arioli and Chiara Luis also stood out, the european champions from Italy. Meanwhile, an Italian flag fluttered among the public present.

The Tango de Pista final of the Dance World Cup. The Tango de Pista final of the Dance World Cup.

In a break from the competition, the The Kings of Tango Orchestrawhich for more than 30 years has spread the legacy of the D’Arienzo style.

Also, there was an emotional moment in “In Memorian”. From the screens they emitted black and white images to pay homage to different personalities who died in the last year. Among them, the journalist Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazu and the announcer Chub Fontana. which received thunderous applause.

A crowd follows the finals of the Tango World Cup, in Diagonal Norte.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez A crowd follows the finals of the Tango World Cup, in Diagonal Norte. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

The public’s fervor was also generated by the presentation of the legendary Maria Nieves Rego and Pancho Martinez Pey, who masterfully danced the tango “Oigo tu voz”. “For her, September 6 is the day of the tango dancer,” Carlitos Lin stressed when he introduced them.

“Let everyone dance. I can’t do more because I’m not in good health. I’m 88 years old. Otherwise I would dance all day,” said Maria Nieves. The audience gave her a standing ovation.

María Nieves dances with Pancho Martínez Pey, at the World Tango Finals gala.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez María Nieves dances with Pancho Martínez Pey, at the World Tango Finals gala. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

Those who began to dance next, around 6:45 p.m., were the finalists of Stage Tango. Each couple danced a theme of their choice and, here, there were hooks, high volleys and long steps.

Tango among men was present among the couples made up of Colombians Andrés Felipe Martínez Cardona and Augusto Giraldo Villa (Runway) and Argentines Federico Carrizo and Juan Seguí (Stage). They were the only all-male couples in the final in both categories.

Federico Carrizo and Juan Seguí were one of the two couples made up of men in the World Cup.  They competed in Stage Tango.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez Federico Carrizo and Juan Seguí were one of the two couples made up of men in the World Cup. They competed in Stage Tango. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

After the choreographies of Stage Tango, Fernando Bravo presented a tribute to Tango Passion, the company founded 30 years ago by bandoneon player José Libertella and producer Mel Howard. There was a screening to review its history and a show with part of its past and current cast, directed by Gabriel Merlino and Graciela García.

One by one, the winners of the Tango World Cup

It was the perfect prelude to the announcement of the winners of the World Cup in the Tango de Pista category, around 9 pm.

The track champions were Cynthia Palacios and Sebastián Bolívar, from Cipolleti, Río Negro. Finalists in the last three editions, last year they were runners-up and this time they took first place on the podium. They received their glasses from the hands of the Minister of Culture, Enrique Avogadro, and the director of BA Festival and World Tango, Natacha Poberaj.

After receiving their award, they staged “the dance of the champions”. With style and a close embrace, they danced “Raza criolla”, in Osvaldo Pugliese’s version.

Cynthia Palacios and Sebastián Bolívar do "the champions dance".  They won in Tango de Pista.  Photo Emmanuel Fernandez Cynthia Palacios and Sebastián Bolívar do “the dance of champions”. They won in Tango de Pista. Photo Emmanuel Fernandez

The runners-up were Victoria Olivella and Agustín Rojas, from Mar del Plata. Third were Aldana Silveyra and Diego Ortega, from Monte Grande. Fourth place went to Natalia Hassan and Leonel Mendieta, from the City of Buenos Aires. The 5th place went to Marina Tevez and Rodrigo Videla, also from Buenos Aires.

The couple chosen by the public was Dana Zampieri and Carlos Estigarribia, from Ciudad de Córdoba.

After a show in homage to the tango of the Malevo dance companycreated by Matías Jaime, the time has come to meet the world champions of Stage Tango.

They climbed to the top of the podium Constanza Vieyto and Ricardo Astradafrom Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires.

Constanza Vieyto and Ricardo Astrada, from Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires, are world champions of Stage Tango. Constanza Vieyto and Ricardo Astrada, from Pergamino, province of Buenos Aires, are world champions in Stage Tango.

The runners-up were Andrea Kuna and Leandro Capparelli, from the City of Buenos Aires. They were also the couple chosen by the public. In the 3rd position were Lucas Guevara and Daniela Bravo, from Santiago del Estero. The 4th place went to Jimena Toñanez and Gonzalo Bogado, from Tigre.

As a finishing touch, Vieyto and Astrada showed their art with “Mala Yunta”, in the version of Rojo Tango. With the dance of the world champions of Stage Tango, the most important night of the two-for-four ended, which this year took off its mask and returned to the embrace without hesitation, as before the pandemic.

Throughout a five-hour day, the public patiently encouraged and also applauded the participants as if they were superheroes until they met the winners in a festive atmosphere. There were also couples dancing to the rhythm of two-four below the stage. And the Obelisk witnessed the biggest tango event in the world.

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