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

Campus Tango Rehearsal Orchestra

Weekly Tango Music Rehearsal / Jam

Musicians – Bring your instruments and learn to play tango music in the style of Tango Orquesta Tipica.

  • When:  Starting after Labor Day
  • Where: Schedule TBD
  • Sign up: Please SIGN UP  and give your instrument. We will send you music in advance.
  • What to bring: Bring your instrument, a music stand, and a printout of the sheet music for your instrument.

We are seeking the following instruments:

  • Strings
    • violin
    • viola
    • cello
    • contrabass (electric bass is welcome)
  • Bandoneon
  • Piano – but you will need to divide repertoire and understudy w/ other pianists
  • Guitar
  • Voice


  • Be able to read music, and have an interest in tango music.
  • If you can read lead sheets (melody plus chord symbols), that is also good.

Email us  if you have questions.



Tango Featured in Smile Politely



Recently Joe and Carlota were interviewed for the online magazine “Smile Politely”, and you should totally check it out!

In the conversation, we get to hear a little cultural history of the tango, and experience personal reports about what really turns them on as teachers.

“I love to see a person, who may have no dance skill or training, achieve the ability to create a dance on the floor with any man or any woman they choose. I do love that.” -Carlota




Joe Grohens interviewed on National Joe Day


CU-Tango’s very own Joe Grohens celebrated during ‘National Joe Day’, hosted by Current.




Workshops at CU-Tango

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.





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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 31, 2016
      7:30 pmFree Lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • August 31, 2016
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    • September 1, 2016
      7:00 pmQuick Start to Tango
      Normal Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, United States { Map }

    • September 1, 2016
      8:00 pmTango Lab
      Normal Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Street, Normal, IL, United States { Map }

    • September 3, 2016
      8:00 pmBBQ Tango Party@Erwin's Refinery Penthouse Champaign, IL
      2302 W John St, Champaign, IL 61821, USA { Map }

    • September 5, 2016
      12:00 amlabor day


    • September 5, 2016
      7:00 pmPizza M Practica Milonga.
      208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA { Map }

    • September 6, 2016
      7:00 pmQuick Start
      Springer Cultural Center, 301 N Randolph 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.