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In pictures: World Tango Festival
Hundreds of couples from around the world flocked to Argentina to compete in the sultry dance.
More than 350 couples participated in the festival(***)s Salon Tango competition, and over 100 couples in the Stage Tango competition. Stage Tango is highly choreographed, whereas Salon Tango involves more improvisation. Above, Japanese couple Manabu Kato and Genta Nakazawa compete in the Stage Tango semifinal round.
Published On 28 Aug 2012
28 Aug 2012
Tango originated in Argentina and Uruguay around the turn of the 20th century. Above, the Colombian couple of Maria Alejandra Sanchez Moncayo and Jhon Alexander Moncada Rojas.
This year(***)s tango competition honoured Astor Piazzolla, the legendary composer and bandoneonista who revived the genre and infuriated purists by blending tango with rock music in the 1970s. Above, Argentina(***)s dancer Cristian Lopez is seen reflected in a mirror as he combs his hair before competing.
Cho Myoung Hee and Paso Han dance in the semifinal round. Tango dancers from 32 countries around the world are competing.
The Argentine couple of Barbara Ferreyra and Nahuel Tortosa dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition.
Antonino Pereira of Uruguay and Sergina Da Boa Morte of Brazil dance in an area for non-contestants.
An Argentinian couple, Geraldine Blanco and Juan Segui.
Argentina(***)s Facundo Gomez Cross and Paola Palavecino Florence Sanz won the Salon Tango category, drawing applause from the crowd at Buenos Aires(***) Luna Park stadium.