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 December 10 (at Regent Ballroom)


Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874
Saturday December 10, 2016
9:30 pm – 1:00 am
$10 admission (students $8)
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
  • DJ:
  • Live Music by The Bandoneon Massacre Tango Orchestra
  • 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.




New Tango Classes Starting


Second-Session of Fall Tango classes starting soon.

  • Quick Start. Beginner Class – Starts Monday Oct 24
    7:30 pm – At Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana
  • Tango Lab. Intermediate/Advanced Class – Starts Monday Oct 24
    9:00 pm – At Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana
  • Small Group Class. – Starts Tuesday Oct 25
    7:00 pm – At Springer Cultural Center, Champaign
    Partner recommended but not required. Gender balanced.
    Enrollment limited to 6 couples to ensure one-on-one time w/ instructors.
    More like a semi-private than a class.
  • In Bloomington-Normal, IL. Two new classes, starting Oct 13. At Normal Park District.
    • Thursdays 7pm: Tango Foundations. Open to beginners.
    • Thursdays 9pm: Tango Lab. For experienced tango dancers.

Get Details and Pre-Register Here




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.




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

    • December 4, 2016
      5:30 pmTBA
      Room 314B, Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801 { Map }

    • December 6, 2016
      7:30 pmSmall Group Tango
      Springer Cultural Center, 301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA { Map }

    • December 7, 2016
      7:30 pmFree Lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • December 7, 2016
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    • December 10, 2016


    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.