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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

“Deadly Embrace” showing at Art Cinema



The film “Deadly Embrace” will be shown at The Art Cinema – Sunday, 10:15 pm.

This tango feature by Alaric Rocha features Chicago dancers and the orchestra Tango Espejo. Many of you will know people involved in the production.

I am attaching the press release that Garold, leader of the Tango Espejo, sent me.

I am excited that I will finally be able to see it!

- Joe Grohens


Press Release:

Deadly Embrace, the film that Tango Espejo founder Garold Fowler composed and arranged music for, will be shown on Sunday April 13 at 10:15PM in Champaign at The Art Theater Co-Op. Deadly Embrace, directed and produced by Alaric Rocha, was accepted to the New Art Film Festival in Champaign.

The film, which centers around tango includes cameos by Tango Espejo. One of Fowler’s compositions for Deadly Embrace, “Quando penso a te” made the semi-finalist list in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition whose judges included Duran Duran, Tom Waits and Garbage. The soundtrack to Deadly Embrace can be purchased on iTunes and other fine online music retailers.

Currently, Fowler is completing orchestral accompaniments for several of Piazzolla’s compositions for quintet. A number of orchestras and music directors have already expressed interest in premiering these new arrangements that would put Tango Espejo and the music of Astor Piazzolla front and center on the concert stage backed by symphony orchestras. However, Fowler hopes a local orchestra will be among the first to premiere this project.





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New Classes Starting

  • Mondays 9 pm – Intermediate Club Style Tango
  • Thursdays 7:45 pm – Tango 1 Quick Start – Beginners Class (POSTPONED until after Spring Break – exact dates TBA)

 Click here for details and to pre-register


Alberto Paz 1943-2014

Alberto Bernardino Paz, age 70, tango historian, teacher, and dancer, passed away on February 3, 2014.

Argentine born, in the Northern province of Tucuman, he moved with his family to Buenos Aires at the age of 9 months. He graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires. In 1968, at age 25, he moved to the United States, becoming a proud citizen in 1985. He lived in California, working for high-tech video companies, founding his own in the 1980s. During the 1980’s he also worked at San Francisco’s radio station KIQI as a soccer announcer and color commentator. In 1990 he produced a night-time program playing South American music, that rapidly became a popular all tango music program.


For 18 years, with his beloved partner, Valorie Hart, he performed, gave master classes, lectured, and conducted workshops in cities across America, as well as in Italy, Portugal, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the Philippines. Alberto and Valorie migrated to New Orleans in 2000, establishing a vital tango community, hosting and teaching tango. They wrote the seminal book, “GottaTango,” and were instrumental in developing new communities, training qualified local teachers and encouraging efforts to preserve, foster and educate people on the core social and cultural values of the Argentine Tango music, poetry and dance.


Alberto is survived by his wife Valorie Hart, son, Alberto Paz Jr., daughter, Maria Eugenia (Gina) Staropoli, grandson, Dylan Paz, sister Noemi Paz-Palacios, niece, Carla Palacios, and nephew, Arial Palacios.
Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service to be held at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street in New Orleans, on Saturday February 15, 2014 at 12 Noon. Visitation will begin at 11 AM and continue until service time. Repast at the home of Alberto and Valorie afterwards.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations via Paypal to boutique@planet-tango.com. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoencanalstreet.com



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.





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Upcoming Events


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

2nd Saturday of each month, typically.

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

For exact dates and details, see calendar.

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