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In pictures: Tango fever grips Buenos Aires

Tango World Championships

Four-hundred and eighty-five couples from 22 countries are in the home of tango, Buenos Aires, for the fourth World Tango Championship.

Italians Michela Beltrami and Marco Palladino at the Tango World Championships

From its early days in the bars and brothels of 19th-Century Buenos Aires, tango has evolved into one of the most sophisticated forms of dance.

Tango shoes and clothes on sale

A fair sells everything the tango enthusiast might need, from shoes and hats to sequinned dresses.

Tango-themed painting and figurine

Music, paintings and figurines are also available for those seeking a rest from the dance floor.

Woman reads a newspaper featuring the Tango World Championships on its front page

The 10-day event, which runs until 27 August, also includes celebrations of some of the tango greats and exhibitions by some of Argentina's finest dancers

Tango competitors

Competition is intense. There is ballroom tango which has its followers in Europe, the United States and Japan, and traditional tango for the purists.

Tango World Championships

The winners of each category receive a prize of US$1,600 and the title of best tango dancers in the world. Photos/Text : Daniel Schweimler and Claudia Ricca.

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