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About the Ambassador Tango Cup

London will have a new National Tango Cup that will take place at the Argentine Residence on 21st August 2021.

The competition is going to be open to amateur and professional tanguer@s living in the UK.

There will be two categories: Pista Tango & Stage Tango.

The competition is NOT an official preliminary of Tango BA (Festival & Dance World Cup)

The champions of both categories will have the titles of ''Argentine Tango Ambassador in The UK'' for one year or till the next Ambassador Tango Cup.


The champions will have direct pass to the final of the next UK Tango Championship preliminary of TANGO BA

There will be Judges for the first rounds (Classifications and Semifinal) and the final will be done by the people's vote. The competition will be streamed on social networks.

Judges: Juan Martin Carrara, Stefania Colina, Jenny Oria, Ricardo Oria, Lucila Cionci and Rodrigo ''Joe'' Corbata.

After the competition there will be a Milonga in the stunning ballroom of the Argentine Residence. The registrations to attend this Milonga will be open on Saturday, 14th of August.

Registered competitors do not need to register for the Milonga.

The competition is free.

On the following day, 22nd August we are running a full day of Tango with classes, demos and milongas in the Scoop.

Organized by the Argentine Embassy and the UK Tango Festival team.

7 Judges
Free Entry
2 Categories
2 Days of Tango

Register To Compete

Register for Pista or Stage

Our DJ's

Look Who's Djeing

Alessia Cogo
DJ Revelation 2019

With a test for classics, Alessia is a popular DJ in the London Tango scene.

Elena "L" Fernandez
The sensitive touch

Born in Barcelona now living in London, Elena is a proper milonguera very well known in the Spanish scene.

Fabienne Inez
The tango whisper

Fabienne has an affection for music that packs an emotional punch and has playful musicality. Her repertoire is drawn from the classical decades, peppered with hidden gems. She loves to get your toes on the dance floor, offer musical inspiration, and use her sensibility to create a harmonious flow of energy between you all.

Important Information

  • Contestants must be at least 18 years old by the date of the competition.
  • Contestants may participate in both the Pista (Salon) Tango and Stage Tango categories. However, no contestant may participate more than once in the same category, regardless of whether they do so with a different partner.
  • Dancers of any nationality are eligible to apply for the competition, but applicants must prove that they have been residents for at least one full year (by the date of the competition) in the United Kingdom.
  • All participants must confirm their registration at the time of accreditation. The presentation of the identity document (birth certificate, passport, rent contract or similar) to certify the place of birth or residence in Europe is mandatory to obtain accreditation. Both members of the couple must be present with their documents at the accreditation process; accreditations cannot be done by one member.
  • Accreditation by third parties shall not be made.
  • All data provided at the time of the accreditation will be considered as a sworn statement. Any contradiction subsequent to the signature will be penalised by either a decreased score or a disqualification to compete or any other measures established by this body.
  • All the competition rounds (qualifying, semi-finals and finals) will be open to spectators.
  • * Clarification on who can compete:Participation in both Pista and Stage Tango Categories competitions are open to everyone. Professional dancers and amateur dances of intermediate level and above compete in the same category according to the rules. The distinction between a “professional” and “amateur” dance has less to do with the level of skill and more with a professional status of the dancers. “Professional” means that dancers make a living from teaching and dancing/performing tango, and “amateur” means that they do not, but it does not always imply that the level of the professional couple dance is superior to the level of the amateur couple.There are dancers for whom tango is their main source of income. They are likely to be good instructors, but their level of dance and performance can vary: the professional couple can be excellent at dance or not so great. On the other hand, there are good amateur couples who do not teach tango and get no income from performances, but have achieved an exceptional level of dance. There is also the case of stage dancers who only dance choreographed pieces, but are helpless when it comes to social dancing: they cannot dance in milongas. Finally, there are very skilled social dancers (people who only dance in milongas), but who neither teaches nor performs tango. They might be excellent Pista (salon) dancers. To accommodate different ways in which dancers excel at tango, the two divisions for the competition were established: Pista Tango Competition (social category for both amateurs and professional) and Stage Tango Competition (performance category for amateur advanced level and professional level dancers).
  • The competition will take only one day, the 21th of August.

    The Pista (Salon) Tango category will consist of three stages:
    1) The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance three tangos on one round
    2) The Semi-Finals: Couples who have been selected in the Qualifying round will dance one round in the Semi-finals.
    3) The Finals: Couples selected in the Semi-final round will dance one round in the Finals
    The judges will give the scores for the classification and semifinal and the winner of the final will be chosen by public vote with an online voting system.

    The Stage Tango category will consist of two stages:
    1) The Qualifying Round: All registered couples must participate. Couples will dance one tango.
    2) The Finals: Couples selected will dance one round in the Finals
    The judges will give the scores for the classification and the winner of the final will be chosen by public vote with an online voting system.

    FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHING The Organization reserves the right to record all the stages of the competition, by any means known or to be known—including but not limited to filming, recording, photographing, digitalization, etc.—by itself or third parties, in order to promote and advertise the event. The recorded material obtained will be the exclusive property of the Organization, who will have to turn a copy of it, as established by the Collaboration Agreement.By entering the competition, participants explicitly and irrevocably authorize the use of the recorded material, without this suggesting—or implying—any compensation for any reason whatsoever by the Organization, in favor of any person or organization that claims entitlement to any right that may be invoked.This clause also includes, without limitation, all photographic material published and/or made available for promotion, advertisement, etc.

    In this category, couples will compete in groups, dancing three pieces previously selected by the Committee.-Once formed, the couple must not separate while the music is playing.
    For the position to be considered correct, the body of one of the members of the couple must be contained all the time by the arm of the other.
    It is understood that in certain figures, this may be flexible, but not throughout the duration of the dance.
    -All movements must be made within the space allowed by the couple’s embrace.
    -The Jury will take into account the couple’s musicality, walking style and the expression of the couple's personality as fundamental to the score.
    -Within these parameters, the couple may perform any commonly used figures of “social” tango, including barridas (sweeps), sacadas al piso (drawn to the floor), enrosques (twists), etc.
    -Jumps, figures that involve losing the contact of both feet with the floor and all other choreographic possibilities typical of Stage Tango are completely forbidden.
    -As is typical in a dancehall, couples must constantly move counterclockwise and may not stay in the same part of the choreographic space as this would obstruct the circulation on the dance floor.
    -Outfits will not be taken into consideration during the judging process.

    -Participants will be able to express their view of the Argentine tango dance. This means that couples will be allowed to perform movements, figures and applications that are not directly related to the traditional tango dance. But the choreography must include traditional elements of tango: figure eights, spins, long walks, voleos, hooks, and the “milonguero embrace.” Couples will be able to break the embrace and use techniques from other dance disciplines, as long as they are justified and enrich the performance of the dancer.
    -Aerial tricks and movements from other dance disciplines must not be excessive. This means that they must not exceed a third of the overall performance. The couple must include floor movement sequences throughout the whole stage floor.
    -Outfits may be taken into consideration during the judging process.
    -If a technical problem should occur, the Jury will evaluate the repetition of the choreography at the end of the assigned performing time slot.
    -In case of having a problem with the choreography, the couple will decide whether to continue dancing or not, and the Jury will evaluate the manner and grace with which they solve the inconvenience; but the couple will not be allowed to repeat the performance.
    -The selected song cannot not be more than four (4) minutes long.

    The competition and the milongas are completely free.

  • If you want to compete at the Ambassador Cup on Saturday 21th of August Click here to register.
  • If you want to attend to the milonga at the Ambassador Residence on Saturday 21th of August, you will need a free ticket. keep tune, the registration to the milonga will open in this website in August.
  • The Sunday 22th of August milonga at The Scoop does don't need any registration.
  • Our Patrons



    Ambassador Residence

    Saturday 21, August

    49 Belgrave Sq, London, SW1X 8QZ, United Kingdom


    The Scoop

    Sunday 22, August

    The Scoop, London, SE1 2AA United Kingdom