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

Milonga Epoca – at Regent Ballroom


UPDATE: There will be NO MILONGA ON Dec 9 due to a scheduling conflict at Regent.

Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874

9:30 pm – 1:00 am
$10 admission (students $8)

Dance with us on the following Saturdays in Fall semester 2017.
  • September 23
  • November 11
  • December 9
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
  • DJ
  • Live music with Bandoneon Massacre!
  • Cash bar til 11 pm; $10 corking fee for BYOB
  • Suspended (floating) oakwood dance floor
  • Air conditioned
  • Dress to impress
  • Preceded by West Coast Swing dance (7:00 pm) — {WCS, Salsa, 2 Step, Bachata and more} $10 for the whole evening.


Looking for a Tango Class?

Our next set of tango classes will start in January. (See schedule below.)

Until then, new dancers who want to start tango now should come to Sunday Tango Practica.

Instructors can get you started on tango basics, and you can practice with some of the more experienced dancers.

Bring a friend and you can learn tango together.



Tango Class Schedules



In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Click here for more details and to pre-register

  • Tango 1. Tango Quick Start
    Open to Beginners. Learn to dance tango in our popular beginner’s class.
    Mondays January 22-March 12 (eight weeks)
    9:00 pm
    At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL)
    Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student
  • Tango 2C. Milonga and Vals
    Pre-requisite: One course in Argentine Tango.
    Mondays January 22-March 12 (eight weeks)
    7:30 pm
    At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL)
    Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student
  • Advanced Tango A. Intermediate-Advanced Tango Topics
    Pre-requisite: Two courses in Argentine Tango.
    Tuesdays January 23-February 27 (six weeks)
    7:00 pm
    At Springer Cultural Arts Center (301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL)
    Tuition Fees: $61 in district / $91.50 outside district
    Tango 3 is taught through Champaign Park District
    Dancers who register with a partner do not need to change partners during class.
    Fees listed are per person.
    IMPORTANT: Register online through CPD website by January 15.
    Afterwards you must register in person at the Springer office
    (301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL) before class starts.

In Bloomington-Normal, IL. (
Normal Park District)

  • NPD Tango Quick Start
    Open to Beginners. Learn to dance tango in our popular beginner’s class.
    Thursdays January 25-March 15 (eight weeks)
    7:00 pm
    At Normal Community Activity Center (1110 Douglas St, Normal, IL 61761)
    Tuition fees: $80
  • NPD Tango Lab
    For intermediate and advanced dancers. Explore a range of topics.
    Thursdays January 25-March 15 (eight weeks)
    8:00 pm
    At Normal Community Activity Center (1110 Douglas St, Normal, IL 61761)
    Tuition fees: $80

Click here for more details and to pre-register for all classes



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

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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

    • December 16, 2017
      12:00 amtango@krannert


    • December 17, 2017
      5:30 pmflamenco lesson
      Rm 314 B Illini Union { Map }

    • December 17, 2017
      6:30 pmPractica
      Room 314B Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana IL 61801 { Map }

    • December 20, 2017
      7:30 pmFree lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • December 20, 2017
      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 3rd Saturday of each month.
    Please check Calendar for last-minute changes.