BTM, you should be ashamed of yourself!!! Scorched irony, indeed!
Ballet is the most challenging of all the dances and the stamina required is mind boggling! I've just taken up adult classes and one hour of ballet doubles me over in a way three hours of karate can't!!! LOL
But Jenn, you're right. It does seem to be embroiled in some controversy. I'm looking into it, but no one seems to know very much about it at all. I didn't realise anyone held comps. Having said that, I suppose, it's the logical next step for any dance.
Well ... I guess ... if you measure accomplishment in a dance by some externally applied "award." It seems to me that (what an old coach used to call) saloon dances need only to be done, to be valid. Who needs a competition or an award?
And, to be honest, I can't see the Argentine tango community rallying around such an award. Based on all my googling, the AT community seems to be intelligent, discriminating, lovers of the dance itself. I can't see them being impressed by some competition or the other. They'd more likely be impressed by outstanding dancing done unsung in some remote village.
(Can you tell I've been reading Tango-L entries lately? LOL.)