Welcome to CU-Tango, Your Guide to Tango in Central Illinois

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, is one of the liveliest centers of Argentine tango in the Midwest. You will easily find tango lessons, tango classes and tango workshops to learn this amazing dance. And our calendar of tango dances, milongas, and other tango events is a bonanza of creativity and friendly socializing. Below are some featured recent news and announcements.

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FALL 2015 Class Schedule

The following courses start in August and September:

  • Tango 1: Quick Start (for beginners) – Mondays at 9 pm – Starts September 14
  • Tango 1: Quick Start (for beginners) – Wednesdays at 6 pm – Starts August 26
  • Tango 2: Milonga – Sundays at 5:30 pm – Starts September 20
  • Tango 3: Advanced Turns – Tuesdays at 8 pm – Starts September 1
  • Tango Topics: Technique Workshop and Practica – Mondays 7:30 pm – Starts September 14 

Click here for details and to register for these tango courses.





Tango Orchestra Class at Community Center for the Arts

tango-orchestra-maxresdefaultAre you a musician?
Do you want to learn how to play tango music?

Then take this class!
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, starting 9/15

Instructor: Amanda Ramey

At Community Center for the Arts

103 North Race Street, Urbana, IL.


Instruments accepted include:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Accordion
  • Bandoneon
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Vocalist (will be singing in Spanish)
  • Others with instructor consent





Workshops at CU-Tango

Inside Illinois Features University Tango


Inside Illinois magazine (3/15) has an entertaining article about tango on our campus. Here’s an excerpt.

Ask Claire Barker how she became a tango dancer and she tells a story that begins when she became a nun. Barker – a professor of internal medicine at the University of Illinois – had a friend who was staging a production of “The Sound of Music” at a local theater and needed more holy sisters for the abbey scenes. Barker auditioned, and was cast not only as a nun but also as a dancer in the ballroom scene.

Dance coaches for the production noticed Barker’s knack for the Viennese waltz and encouraged her to continue dancing. She enrolled at the Regent Ballroom in Savoy, Ill., and soon fell in love with the Argentine tango.

Full Story: Professors, partners share passion for Argentine tango.






From the Yang Sheng newsletter of Tai Chi and Chi Gong practices, comes an article by Chen T’ai Chi teacher Yang Yang called “Overview of Best Practices in T’ai Chi.

In this article I read many aphorisms that seem relevant to Tango practice.

 If you study something—anything—in an efficient way, you can learn it in a fraction of the time.   (-Chinese Proverb, literally “half the work, double the result.”)









Many other traditional gems of wisdom concerning physical training are, in my view, directly applicable to learning a dance form such as tango.

  • 苦练十年,不如名师一点: Ku lian shi nian, bu ru ming shi yi dian. One word from a knowledgeable teacher will save ten years of hard practice.
  • 诀窍奥秘, 须经明师口传心授:Jue qiao ao mi, xu jing ming shi kou chuan xin shou. Tricks of the trade and secrets of practice must be passed on by sincere instruction from a teacher who understands the art.
  • However, it is also said that, ultimately, a teacher can only point the direction for student—it is up to the student to make the journey. (Shifu ling jin men, xiu xing zai ge ren, 师父领进门, 修行在个人, which literally means “the teacher will lead you to the door, but it is up to the student to improve.”)
  • Much of the importance of the teacher is to outline efficient curriculum for the student. The single best question a student can ask is “what should I be practicing, and what percentage of my practice time should be spent on each exercise?”

How do you formulate your approach to learning tango?


Featured Videos


Milongas of Buenos Aires 1990s…

Patricia Muller said she found these videos that a traveller left behind at her house. They show dancing in Buenos Aires in the early to mid 1990s. These videos are […]


Todaro-Bravo and friends…

Dance exhibitions 1940-1980     Raúl Bravo y Haydée Antonio Todaro y Tití (su hija) Pedro Villafañe y Alejandra Kalisay y Tita Oscar y Beatriz Omar Boragno y Marta El […]


Documentary on Troilo…

This biographical documentary on Troilo is very good. It includes many excerpts from performances throughout his career, and has interesting interviews with his fellow collaborating musicians from various eras. One […]

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Upcoming Tango Events

September 1, 2015
Starts: 8:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm
Location: Defy Gravity Fitness Center, 24 East Green Street, Suite 11, Champaign, IL 61820
Description: Pre-requisite: Tango 2
Taught by Joe & Carlota
This class investigates the
September 2, 2015
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 7:15 pm
Location: Springer Cultural Center, 301 North Randolph Street, Champaign, IL, United States
Description: Tango 1 - Tango Quick Start
Dates: Aug 26 - Sep 30
Free Lesson
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: 8:00 pm
Location: Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL
Description: Free Tango Lesson before the dance.
Beginner level. See if you like
Cowboy Monkey Tango Night
Starts: 8:00 pm
Ends: 10:00 pm
Location: Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL
Description: Tango Dance at Cowboy Monkey, every Wednesday 8-10 pm.

Open tango dancing

September 4, 2015
Milonga del Pueblo @ Pizza-M
Starts: 9:00 pm
Ends: 11:59 pm
Location: 208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Description: This Friday - a special milonga to celebrate the start of the

Wednesday Tango Night

Join Us Every Wednesday
For Argentine Tango Dancing
At Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St., Champaign, IL

  • 7:30-8:00 pm Free tango lesson
  • 8:00-10:00 pm Tango dance

No cover charge. Followed by salsa until 2 am
More details: see Calendar

Monthly Channing-Murray Milonga

A full night of dancing in the inspiring atmosphere of the chapel at Channing-Murray Foundation.

1209 W. Oregon, Urbana, IL

9 pm - 1 am

Typically on 2nd Saturday of each month.
Please check CU Tango calendar for last-minute changes.

BBQ Milonga

BBQ Milonga at Erwin's House.
1314 Curt Dr., Champaign IL

Typically on 3rd Saturday of each month.
Please check CU Tango calendar for last-minute changes.

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