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 October:

  • Tango 1: Tango Crash Course (Beginner) – Sundays Oct 11 at 7pm, and Oct 18 at 5:30 pm
  • Tango 2: Intermediate – Mondays at 9 pm – Starts October 26

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





Milonga Epoca Oct 24 (at Regent Ballroom)


Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874
Saturday October 24
9:30 pm – 12:30 pm
$10 admission (students $8)
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
  • Cash bar til 11 pm; $10 corking fee for BYOB
  • Suspended (floating) oakwood dance floor
  • Air conditioned
  • Dress to impress
  • Live music by Bandoneon Massacre
  • DJ Joe Grohens
  • Preceded by West Coast Swing dance (7:00 pm)
    {WCS, Salsa, 2 Step, Bachata and more} $10 for the whole evening.




Tango Featured in Smile Politely



Recently Joe and Carlota were interviewed for the online magazine “Smile Politely”, and you should totally check it out!

In the conversation, we get to hear a little cultural history of the tango, and experience personal reports about what really turns them on as teachers.

“I love to see a person, who may have no dance skill or training, achieve the ability to create a dance on the floor with any man or any woman they choose. I do love that.” -Carlota




Joe Grohens interviewed on National Joe Day


CU-Tango’s very own Joe Grohens celebrated during ‘National Joe Day’, hosted by Current.




Workshops at CU-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

October 14, 2015
Tango 2
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 7:15 pm
Location: Springer Cultural Center, 301 North Randolph Street, Champaign, IL, United States
Description: Tango 2 - Ochos and Turns
Dates: Oct 7 - Nov 18
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

October 15, 2015
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm
October 18, 2015
Tango Crash Course 2
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: 6:30 pm
Location: Multipurpose Room, Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

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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