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World tango competition won by Argentine couple (PHOTOS)

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Argentina's Facundo de la Cruz Gomez Palavecino and Paola Sanz hold their trophies after winning the Salon Tango category on August 27, 2012 at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires.

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Daniel Garcia

Hometown couple Facundo de la Cruz Gomez Palavecino, 26, and Paola Sanz, 29, triumphed Monday in Argentina's annual tango competition, with a score of 8.81.

A couple in real life and on the dance floor, the pair out-danced teams from around the world as they were judged by a seven-member jury made up of dancers and choreographers, and as a crowd of 6,000 watched them twirl to the top in Buenos Aires's Luna Park stadium, reported the Associated Press. The Salon Tango finals are followed by Tuesday's Stage Tango competition, and are the highlights of the two-week festival, now in its tenth year.

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"This is the dream of every dancer, to win the global competition and have more job offers. We achieved it in the face of very good dancers from all over the world," a very emotional Gomez Palavecino said after their victory was announced, according to the AP.

"This is a magical moment," said Sanz, according to Agence France-Presse. "My grandfather listened to a lot of tango, and I started to dance at free classes in my province" of Chubut, in Argentina's south.

Gomez Palavecino and Sanz beat 41 other couples, including Belgians, Canadians, Russians, Americans, Japanese and contestants from across Latin America to take the tango title, reported AFP. Buenos Aires culture minister Hernan Lombardi said the winning couple will travel to Paris at the end of the year before heading to Japan, another world tango capital, for 40 days.

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    Argentina's Facundo de la Cruz Gomez Palavecino and Paola Sanz hold their trophies after winning the Salon Tango category on August 27, 2012 at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires.

    Credit:

    Daniel Garcia

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    The Argentine couple of Barbara Ferreyra (L) and Nahuel Tortosa dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine couple of Gabriela Yasmin Aguirre (L) and Hector Marciano Salinas dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine couple of Gabriela Yasmin Aguirre (L) and Hector Marciano Salinas dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Japanese couple of Manabu Kato (R) and Genta Nakazawa dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine couple of Nair Schinca (R) and Nicolas Schell dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine couple of Barbara Ferreyra (top) and Nahuel Tortosa dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine couple of Naoko Tsutsumizaki (L) and Cristian Andres Lopez dance during the semifinal round of the Stage Tango competition at the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Chilean Andrea Zuniga Garces (R) and Ruben Cadin Farias dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine Yesica Esquivel (L) and Ariel Leguizamon dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Italian Cinzia Lombardi (L) and Luciano Donda dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine Hebe Lucia Hernandez (behind) and Fernando Ariel Carrasco dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Colombian Ana Zoraida Gomez Diaz (L) and Jorge Andres Padilla Mayo dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentine Micaela Minervino (R) and Jesus Taborda dance during the Stage Tango competition semifinal round of the Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires on August 25, 2012.

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    ALEJANDRO PAGNI

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    Argentina's Facundo de la Cruz Gomez Palavecino and Paola Sanz dance after winning the Salon Tango category on August 27, 2012 at the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires.

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    DANIEL GARCIA