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Argentinean-Japanese Couple Wins Tango Stage World Championship

An Argentinean-Japanese couple won the Stage category of the Tango World Championships in Buenos Aires on Tuesday night.  Argentinean Diego Ortega, aged just 21, and 42 year old Chizuko Kuwamoto represented, according to the jury,
PTI September 01, 2010 11:21 IST
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An Argentinean-Japanese couple won the Stage category of the Tango World Championships in Buenos Aires on Tuesday night.  

Argentinean Diego Ortega, aged just 21, and 42 year old Chizuko Kuwamoto represented, according to the jury, the perfect synthesis of those who hail - as the tango does - from the Rio de la Plata shores, and those who, despite coming from the most remote corners of the world have come to love the tango as if it were their own.  20 couples made it to the final round, some Argentineans but there were also Uruguayan, Greek, Chilean, Colombian and Japanese couples.  

"It's impossible to say how it feels when they say your name," said Ortega, who was born north of Buenos Aires but moved to Japan years ago to dance tango.  

Unlike in the Salon category, which was awarded on Monday, those couples dancing in the Stage category were allowed more acrobatic and spectacular steps.  

Kuwamoto speaks little Spanish and Ortega has not mastered the Japanese language fully, but the couple say that they understand each other perfectly when they dance.  They have been dancing partners for two years.  In 2009 they also made it to the final.

The winning prize was 20-thousand Argentinean pesos (5-thousand US dollars), two plane tickers to visit Madrid and a two month contract for a dance tour in Japan.  

Tango emerged as a dance style in the late 1800s in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay, and slowly became popular in Europe, the United States and Japan.

The Tango World Championships attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the Argentinean capital every year, according to local authorities.  The event has become increasingly international, since its debut in 2002.

A total of 400 couples inscribed themselves for this year's championship.  The tango was declared part of the world's cultural heritage by the United Nations on September 2009 and granted the international seal of approval that Argentina and Uruguay have long sought for the dramatic dance and its sensual moves.