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Save the last dance: 81-year-old takes to the floor for Buenos Aires Tango tournament04:55

Save the last dance: 81-year-old takes to the floor for Buenos Aires Tango tournament

Argentina, Buenos Aires
September 12, 2022 at 16:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Age is just a number for Jorge Nieddu, who at 81 years old shone on the stage at the Tango World Cup in Buenos Aires on Friday.

Nieddu, who recently only had a hip operation hit the dance floor alongside his partner at Usina del Arte, becoming the oldest participant in the world-renowned competition.

"When I tell them (people) how old I am, they tell me it can't be, they tell me how fine I am, I knock on wood and thank God for what I can do," said Nieddu.

The festival will feature shows, exhibitions, concerts, tributes, cinema, exhibitions, and book presentations. Within this framework, the prestigious Tango World Cup will be held, the most important dance competition of the genre on a global level, in which both amateurs and professionals will be able to demonstrate their talent in the categories of Pista Tango and Stage Tango.

Stage Tango is pure scenic representation, often with performances of a very high level.

The preliminary competitions took place in 24 cities in Argentina and the world, the winning couples received direct passes to meet the local semifinalists in the advanced instances of the competition.

Only 40 couples from Pista Tango and 20 from Stage Tango will reach the final, which will take place on Saturday the 17th in an open-air event at the Obelisk, where in addition to dancing, different artistic expressions from all over the country can be enjoyed.

The couples who win the contest will have opportunities to teach and perform around the world. The winners are often invited as travelling teachers at festivals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand, where they are feted as World Champions.

Among the participants, there were couples from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Russia, the USA, the Philippines, Germany, Japan, France, New Zealand, Armenia, England, and South Korea, among other countries.

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Age is just a number for Jorge Nieddu, who at 81 years old shone on the stage at the Tango World Cup in Buenos Aires on Friday.

Nieddu, who recently only had a hip operation hit the dance floor alongside his partner at Usina del Arte, becoming the oldest participant in the world-renowned competition.

"When I tell them (people) how old I am, they tell me it can't be, they tell me how fine I am, I knock on wood and thank God for what I can do," said Nieddu.

The festival will feature shows, exhibitions, concerts, tributes, cinema, exhibitions, and book presentations. Within this framework, the prestigious Tango World Cup will be held, the most important dance competition of the genre on a global level, in which both amateurs and professionals will be able to demonstrate their talent in the categories of Pista Tango and Stage Tango.

Stage Tango is pure scenic representation, often with performances of a very high level.

The preliminary competitions took place in 24 cities in Argentina and the world, the winning couples received direct passes to meet the local semifinalists in the advanced instances of the competition.

Only 40 couples from Pista Tango and 20 from Stage Tango will reach the final, which will take place on Saturday the 17th in an open-air event at the Obelisk, where in addition to dancing, different artistic expressions from all over the country can be enjoyed.

The couples who win the contest will have opportunities to teach and perform around the world. The winners are often invited as travelling teachers at festivals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand, where they are feted as World Champions.

Among the participants, there were couples from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Russia, the USA, the Philippines, Germany, Japan, France, New Zealand, Armenia, England, and South Korea, among other countries.