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article imageJapan-Argentina couple wins World Tango Dancing Championship

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 2, 2010 in Entertainment
Buenos Aires - A couple integrated by a Japanese woman and an Argentine man won the VIII World Tango Dancing competition, Stage Category, a modality that sees the dance from a choreographic perspective.
The winners, Diego Ortega, 21, and Chizuko Kuwamoto, 42, competed with 19 other couples in the final which took place August 31 at the Luna Park Stadium of Buenos Aires in front of a large audience of tango enthusiasts from all over the world.
Kuwamoto, born in Tokyo, and Ortega, from Colón, a town in the Greater Buenos Aires, had already participated in the 2009 edition of the competition on behalf of Tokyo, Japan, but this time they decided to dance representing Colón, Argentina. The couple took a prize of 20,000 pesos (about US$ 5,000) and a two-month contract to perform in Japan starting in January 2011.
The Argentine-Japanese couple  Diego Ortega and Chizuko Kuwamoto was proclaimed  August 31  2010 wor...
The Argentine-Japanese couple, Diego Ortega and Chizuko Kuwamoto was proclaimed August 31, 2010 world champion in the category “Stage Tango”, at Luna Park stadium, Buenos Aires.
Gov't of Buenos Aires
Once again, Japan has demonstrated having world class tango dancers. Last year the couple integrated by Hiroshi Yamao and Kyoko Yamao won the prize in the Ballroom Category, and this year three couples from Japan made it past the elimination rounds. Furthermore, third place winners in the Stage Category were dancers from Argentina and Japan. The Argentina couple formed by Ariel Jimenez and Maria Ines Bogado of Buenos Aires, Argentina, won the fist prize in the Ballroom Category this year.
Ariel Jimenez and Maria Ines Bogado (Buenos Aires  Argentina)  world champions in Salon Tango.
Ariel Jimenez and Maria Ines Bogado (Buenos Aires, Argentina), world champions in Salon Tango.
Government of B. Aires
Besides the three Asian couples, the advanced qualifying rounds saw the performances of 22 couples from Argentina, five from Colombia, one Chilean, one Korean and one from Venezuela.
The World Tango Competition took place between August 23 and 31 in Buenos Aires, with the participation of 405 couples from 18 countries. It is estimated that no less than 138 000 people attended the event of which close to 60 000 were visiting from abroad.
In 2009, at a meeting of 400 experts in Abu Dhabi, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted the Argentine – Uruguay tango, music and dance, recognition as a world cultural treasure. The decision of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage inscribed the tango on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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