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


New Class Schedule

Registration Still Open for All Classes

  • Sundays 5:30 pm – Tango 1 – Quick Start – Starts September 28
  • Mondays 9 pm – Tango 2 – Adv. Beginner class – Starts September 8
  • Thursdays 7:30 pm – Tango 1 – Quick Start – Starts September 11
    (Registration closes on 9/25)

 Click here for details and to pre-register


Homer & Christina in St Louis Oct 3-5


Prerequisite: Participants must have a minimum of three years dancing tango.

Enrollment cap: Maximum 30 people


FULL PACKAGE (5 classes and 2 Milongas)


Details and Register via this Facebook event page




CU Fall Tango Festival – Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014


Fall Tango Festival

Our Fall 2014 Tango Festival will feature the amazing teachers and tango dancers Jesica Arfenoni & Maximiliano Cristiani, first-place winners World Championship of Tango, Buenos Aires.

October 31 – Nov 2, 2014

At University of Illinois Campus, Urbana-Champaign.

Full weekend pass: $140 (six workshops, two classes, three milongas )

Early bird full pass (by Oct 1): $120

Student discounts available.

Online registration is temporarily offline due to technical problems. Thank you for your patience.

Questions: Use the Contact Form.

Class Schedule:


  • 8:00 PM Milonga class
    Traspie in giro, figures, musicality


  • 1:00 PM Men’s Technique
    Posture, walking, balance, pivots, enrosques and planeos technique, leader’s adornments
  • 1:00 PM Women’s Technique
    Posture, walking, pivots, giros, adornments
  • 2:30 PM Intermediate 1 – Couples Technique
    Connection, abrazo, caminata, ochos fwd, bwd w close embrace, different forms of half giro
  • 4:00 PM Intermediate 2 – Couples Technique
    Connection, how to dance close embrace, full dissociation, sacadas


  • 1:00 PM Advanced 1
    Different sequences for the floor
  • 2:45 PM Advanced 2
    Variations for different orchestra

Milonga Schedule

  • Friday 9:30 pm – 2 am
    Venue TBA
  • Saturday 9:30 – 3 am
    Landmark Hotel, Urbana
  • Sunday 4:30 – ??
    BBQ and Goodbye Milonga
    Erwin’s at Curt Drive, Champaign


Graduation of Tango Level 1

Tajal’s Tango 1 class completed it’s four-week session recently.

Here is a photo of the group at the end of the last class. Look at those smiles!





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.





Featured Videos


Milongas of Buenos Aires 1990s…

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Todaro-Bravo and friends…

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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 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

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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