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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Tango Class Schedules



In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

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  • Tango 1. Tango Quick Start
    Open to beginners.
    7:30-8:30 pm – At Illini Union (Rm 314 usually)
    June 22 – Aug 3, 2017
    Followed by free open Practica until 9:30 pm

    Taught through the Dancing Illini

    Tuition fees:
    $35 for UIUC Students, Staff, and Faculty
    $40 for non-UIUC folks
    $30 for returning students
    The fee includes all classes offered by Dancing Illini through the summer. See the Dancing Illini website for more details.

  • Tango 3. Advanced Tango for dancers with partners.
    Pre-requisite: one or more courses in Argentine Tango.
    June 5 – August 7
    7:30 – 8:45 pm

    Taught through Champaign Park District
    Fees listed are per person.
    $90 in district / $135 outside district

    Registration Deadline May 30
    Class ID 117078-01
    Location: Springer Cultural Arts Center
    301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL 61820

In Bloomington-Normal, IL. Normal Park District.

June 6 – July 18

  • 7 pm: Tango Quick Start in Bloomington-Normal. For beginners
  • 8 pm: Tango Lab in Bloomington-Normal. For experienced tango dancers.

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Coverage of the Immigration Project Fundraiser

On April 20, 2017, many local tango dancers collaborated with the Immigration Project to support legal assistance for immigrants.

Some photos from the event are available on the News Gazette website

Della Perrone/for The News-Gazette

At The Immigration Project fundraiser event in Champaign on April 20, 2017
Tango Dancers work the dance floor during the Immigration Project fundraiser. The C-U Tango Community performed at the end of the evening in a show of solidarity for the event.



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
  • May 6, 2017

(In Summer: June 24)

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.


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

    • August 23, 2017
      7:30 pmFree lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • August 23, 2017
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • August 25, 2017
      12:00 amHugo&Celina
      Venue 51, 51 E Green St, Champaign, IL 61820, 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.