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.

Latest News

Erwin’s Tango Weekend Oct 19-21

Erwin competing in the Champaign, IL “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser 2013. 

(click to see awesome video)

Save the date for an exciting tango weekend hosted by Erwin Goldfarb!

Erwin’s 89th Birthday • The Best Friday-Night-Tango-Club-Birthday Party Ever • Dance Performances • Complimentary Banquet • Milongas • Workshops • And More!

Two days of workshops with these tango artists:

  • Adrian Veredice & Alejandra Hobert
  • Ariel Leguizamón & Yesica Esquivel
  • Hernan Prieto & Daniela Roig

You won’t want to miss it. More details soon.



Tango Classes Summer 2018 (click to expand view)

Summer Classes from CU-Tango
Taught by Joe & Carlota


 Sundays  Illini Union Rm 314  Urbana, IL
Dates Time Class / Event
June 3 – June 17 530-630pm Quick Start (Beg) details and register
June 24 – July 8 530-630pm TangoLab (Int) details and register
 May 20 – Aug 19 630-800pm Practica (All)
 Tuesdays  Normal Park District  Normal, IL
Dates Time Class / Event
May 22 – June 26  700-800pm Quick Start (Beg) details and register
 May 22 – June 26  800-900pm  TangoLab (Int) details and register



Tango Practica


Join us every Sunday for the
You Just Gotta Love It
Tango Practica.

6:308:00 pm
(mini lesson at 7)
Illini Union Rm 314B
1401 W. Green St, Urbana

Teachers available for guidance. We encourage you to bring a practice partner. Feel free to invite your friends who are new to tango and we will help get them started.

No Charge.

  • Use the time to reinforce things you are learning in your tango dance.
  • Unlike a Milonga (tango dance party), the practica format allows you to stop and talk things over.
  • Teachers are present to answer questions.
  • And if you want to learn something new, we usually throw out a new step for people to try.
  • Feel free to bring your friends who are curious about tango.
  • Beginners welcome.

Show your tango some love, and it will love you back.

(Preceded by Flamenco dance lesson at 5:30 pm)

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 very clear and good quality, and one can see the style of tango that is danced in the milongas of Buenos Aires not only in the 1990s but also today in the 2010s


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?


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Tango Radio

  • argentinetangoradio.com/ (Programmed by Balazs Gyenis, Budapest. The only online tango radio 100% dedicated to danceable tangos.)
  • Upcoming Tango Events

    • July 22, 2018
      1:00 pmBloNo Practica
      The House of Rocks 1905 Garling Dr, Bloomington, IL { Map }

    • July 22, 2018
      6:30 pmPractica
      Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA { Map }

    • July 25, 2018
      7:30 pmFree lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • July 25, 2018
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    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 Calendar for last-minute changes.