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.
SUMMER TANGO SCHEDULE 2017
In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Taught through the Dancing Illini
$45 for UIUC Students, Staff, and Faculty
$50 for non-UIUC folks
$40 for returning students
The fee includes all classes offered by Dancing Illini through the summer. See the Dancing Illini website for more details.
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
SUMMER TANGO SCHEDULE 2017
In Bloomington-Normal, IL. Normal Park District.
June 6 – July 18
Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874
9:30 pm – 1:00 am
$10 admission (students $8)
(In Summer: June 24)
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?
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.
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