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

Erwin’s Birthday Party


Friday October 24th

One of the biggest birthday dance parties of the year. Erwin would love for all tango dancers to come and celebrate his 85th birthday.

All tango dancers are invited.

Friday October 24
6:30 pm to 2 am
DJ Joe Grohens

Cocktails 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Dinner from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Mix of pop and salsa music from 8:30 – 10:00 pm
Traditional Tango music 10 pm – 2 am


Please contact Refinery (see below) to RSVP. Indicate whether you are coming for dinner at 7:00 pm, or ONLY for dancing (munchies provided) at 8:30 pm. We need to let the caterer know.

Events at Refinery
2302 W John St.
Champaign, IL 61821


Hope you can come!

Guest parking is along the east side of the parking lot.



New Class Schedule

New Class Starting!

  • Mondays 9 pm – Tango 3 – Intermediate – Starts October 20

 Click here for details and to pre-register


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 )
  • Student discounts available.





Join one or more of the following channels for festival announcements:

icon_sm_facebook  Facebook event page for the festival  

twitter-icon16  @champaigntango

Envelope_icon2  Festival mailing list (Click to join this mailing list manually. Although you should be added automatically when you register with a valid email address.)



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…

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 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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