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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Milonga Epoca – First Saturday of the Month – at Regent Ballroom

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 Spring semester 2017.
  • February 4, 2017
  • March 4, 2017
  • April 1, 2017
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.


Tango Class Schedule


Classes Starting in Winter 2017

In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

  • Tango Quick Start. Beginner Class
    Starts Monday Feb 6;
    9-10 pm – At Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana
  • Tango Lab. Intermediate/Advanced Lesson and Practice – Starts Monday Jan 23
    7:30-9 pm – At Channing-Murray Foundation, Urbana
  • Tango Small Group Class. –
    Starts Tuesday Jan 31
    7:30-8:45 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. Normal Park District.

  • Thursdays 7pm: Tango Foundations. Open to beginners. – Starts Thursday Jan 26
  • Thursdays 9pm: Tango Lab. For experienced tango dancers. – Starts Thursday Jan 26

Get Details and Pre-Register Here


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

    • February 27, 2017
      Channing Murray { Map }

    • February 27, 2017
      9:00 pmQuick Start
      Channing Murray Foundation 1209 West Oregon, Urbana IL 61801 { Map }

    • February 28, 2017
      6:15 pmQuick Start


    • February 28, 2017
      7:30 pmPartners Class:Semi-Private
      Springer Cultural Center, 301North Randolph Street, Champaign IL { Map }

    • March 1, 2017
      7:30 pmFree Lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • March 1, 2017
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    • March 2, 2017
      7:00 pmB'ton/Normal QUICK START to Tango
      Normal Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, United States { Map }

    • March 2, 2017
      8:00 pmB'ton/Normal TANGO LAB


    • March 4, 2017
      9:30 pmREGENT Milonga EPOCA
      1406 Regency Dr W, Savoy, IL 61874, USA { 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.