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 Tango Classes Starting


New tango classes for Fall are starting soon.

  • Quick Start. Beginner Class – Starts Monday Sep 12
    9 pm – Channing-Murray Foundation
  • Tango Lab. Intermediate/Advanced Class – Starts Monday Sep 12
    7:00 pm – Channing-Murray Foundation
  • New! Small Group Class. – Starts Tuesday Sep 13
    7:00 pm – Springer Recreation
    Partner recommended but not required. Gender balanced. Enrollment limited to 6 couples to ensure one-on-one time w/ instructors.

Get Details and Pre-Register Here




Milonga Epoca September 10 (at Regent Ballroom)


Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom
1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874
Saturday September 10
9:30 pm – 1:00 am
$10 admission (students $8)
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
  • DJ
  • 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.




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.




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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

    • September 26, 2016
      7:00 pmPizza M Practica Milonga.
      208 W Main St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA { Map }

    • September 26, 2016
      7:00 pmTango Lab
      Channing Murray { Map }

    • September 26, 2016
      9:00 pmQuick Start
      Channing Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon St Urbana IL { Map }

    • September 27, 2016
      7:00 pmSmall Group
      Springer Cultural Center, 301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA { Map }

    • September 28, 2016
      7:30 pmFree Lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • September 28, 2016
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    • September 29, 2016
      7:00 pmQuick Start to Tango
      Normal Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, IL, United States { Map }

    • September 29, 2016
      8:00 pmTango Lab
      Normal Parks & Recreation Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Street, Normal, IL, United States { Map }

    • September 29, 2016
      8:00 pmAdrian y Alejandra @ Refinery
      2302 W John St, Champaign, IL 61821, USA { Map }

    • October 1, 2016
      8:00 pmBBQ Tango Party@Erwin's Refinery Penthouse Champaign, IL
      2302 W John St, Champaign, IL 61821, USA { Map }

    • October 2, 2016
      5:30 pmTBA
      Room 314B, Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801 { 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.