Tonight in Buenos Aires, the finals of the 7th Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad (city tango competition) will be held. The qualifying rounds have been held during the entire month at milongas. There were 605 entries in four divisions: Tango Senior (over 40), Tango Adult (18-40), Milonga, and Vals (the last two with no age divisions). Those who qualified, some 140 couples, danced three nights this week in the semifinal rounds. Those who made the cut--58 couples--dance tonight in the finals. The top prize for tango is 10,000 pesos; milonga and vals winners receive 6,000 pesos. Only the winner of tango salon goes to the finals of the Campeonato Mundial de Baile (world tango competition) in August. There are 12 senior couples in the Tango salon finals, but they have to compete for the title with a larger number of dancers under 40. So much for age categories. There are a few familiar names of the list of finalists. Raul Capelli is a regular at the milongas. He is in his 60s and placed among the top ten in the city competition in 2005, but then didn't go on to dance in the world competition for which he qualified. He is competing this year with a different partner. Bruno Mayo won the city championship in Milonga in 2006 at the age of 20. He is a finalist in tango and vals with a different partner. I won't be surprised if he places high in the top ten. The judges have seen him before. Frank Obregon Delci and Jenny Gil Alvarez of Venezuela won the Intercontinental Tango Championship held October 2008 in Buenos Aires which launched their career as teachers and performers. They have moved to Buenos Aires. They are another young, attractive couple who need a title for their resume. The tango salon winners are chosen by a panel of judges. They are guaranteed exposure with performances and a future in tango. Young adult couples are favored over seasoned dancers from the milongas. Judges do not disqualify themselves when judging their own students in this competition. If a dance contest for tango were held in your city, would you be interested in competing? Is tango a dance for competition?