Argentines win World Tango Championships

Ole! Tango is sooo sexy! πŸ™‚ 11 teams from Japan!! You all should see Shall We Dance? (the original Japanese version)

By BILL CORMIER, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 26, 5:35 AM ET

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An Argentine couple captured the stage category at the World Tango Championships on Saturday, followed by Chilean and Japanese pairs.

Fernando Gracia and Natalia Tonelli Attori beat out 17 other duos to win a first prize of $2,250 at the fifth annual tournament in the capital of Buenos Aires, the cradle of tango.

Maximiliano Alvarado and his wife Paloma Berrios placed second, and Hiroshi Yamao and his wife Kyoko, two Japanese natives living in Argentina, came in third.

The event ends Sunday with salon dancing in which 37 pairs will compete, including the New York City pair of Eduardo Goytia and Cyrena Drusine.

The stage tango category is characterized by balletic, acrobatic choreography, while salon tango has less flashy but more popular moves common to the dance hall parties known as "milongas."

The 10-day showcase of Argentina's famously mournful dance features 479 pairs from 154 cities worldwide. Eleven couples are from Japan β€” the largest country contingent outside Latin America.

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6 Responses to Argentines win World Tango Championships

  1. Tracy says:

    I love professional dancing! It is so ramantic and the costumes
    are esquisite though some are a little risque! ^__~ I wish I
    could dance like a lot of these dancers. They keep so fit and can
    move so fast, twist, and jump! Aww, so sweet and yet
    simple! ❀

  2. Mikey says:

    I love the risque, personally! πŸ˜‰ I used to watch ballroom dancing – its big in Europe. And you *must* see the Japanese film Shall We Dance? About ballroom dancing in Japan. Cute and funny. You will love all the characters by the end, I am sure…And check THISLove it….

  3. Mikey says:

    Great minds think alike! Can be very beautiful and exciting to watch. I saw a mashup on Youtube that combines Gotan Project's music, the sexiness of tango, and excitement of figure skating HEREWish I could watch this at work! πŸ˜›

  4. Tracy says:

    The movie "Shall We Dance" sounds so familiar. Did they make an
    American version of it too? They always seem to do things like
    that? (Rolls eyes) I will have to check it out. I really
    enjoy watching dancing and wish I could do it!!! Wah!

  5. Mikey says:

    I have two left feet (as well as being left-handed) so… But I love watching! :)They made an American version with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez… There is a really cute movie about New York City inner city kids learning ballroom dancing called Mad Hot Ballroom It's so cute and exciting to see these kids develop. πŸ™‚

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