There is a live feed of the tango de pista finals. They began a few minutes ago. The stage finals will be on tomorrow night at 19 hs. BA Time. There are interruptions in the live feed, but it’s better than nothing. I saw three of the four rondas for tango de pista; then something happened with the feed or my computer. I missed the ronda I wanted to see most with the senior city champions.
I predicted that a Russian couple and/or a Chinese couple would place in the top five, but I was wrong. They have to pay their dues like all the others and compete again. The top prize of 40,000 pesos went to Argentines. The 2013 Tango de Pista Champions are Maximilliano Cristiani and Jesica Arfenoni. According to online videos, they have danced together for seven months. Maximilliano was the city tango champion in 2012 with former partner Fatima Vitale. Jesica Arfenoni is a former partner of Roberto Zuccarino, producer and dancer of Tango y nada mas. And you all thought that changing partners occurred only in classes.
It was no surprise that the triple crown city champions of 2013 placed second among the top five. The Venezuelan couple placed fourth, and the Milongueros del Mundo champions placed fifth. Both couples perform on stage.
The judges were: Melina Brufman, Lorena Ermocida, Ana Maria Schapira, Elina Roldan, Pancho Martinez Pey, Miguel Angel Zotto, and Ernesto Hector “El Flaco Dany” Garcia. The only judge who teaches a social style AND dances in the milongas is El Flaco Dany.
They posted scores (fifth to first), but I don’t believe them for one second. There is a person in charge of manipulating the scores: 8.35 – 8.357 – 8.364 – 8.514 – 8.521 The winners are selected and scoring has nothing to do with the outcome. If they ever show the scores for each couple after every ronda, then and only then will I believe they are real scores.
Don’t miss the stage finals. It’s another great show from a ring-side seat at home of the stage of Luna Park. Corporacion Tango put on a great show tonight for their tenth anniversary.
A Russian couple didn’t place in tango de pista, but one did in tango de enscenario. Dmitry Vasin and Esmer Omerova were so elegant and one of my favorites. Another favorite was Juan Pablo Bulich and Rocio Garcia Liendo who placed third. They danced a very creative performance to La ultima curda by Hugo Diaz. The champions are Guido Palacios and Florencia Zarate Castilla, who were finalists for the last two years.