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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Milonga Epoca – 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 Fall semester 2017.
  • September 23
  • November 11
  • December 9
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.


Tango Class Schedules



In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Click here for more details and to pre-register

  • Tango 1. Tango Quick Start
    Open to Beginners. Learn to dance tango in our popular beginner’s class.
    Mondays Sep 18 — Nov 6, 2017 (eight weeks)
    9:00 pm
    At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL)
    Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student
  • Tango 2B. Tango Club Style
    Pre-requisite: One course in Argentine Tango.
    Mondays Sep 18 — Nov 06, 2017 (eight weeks)
    7:30 pm
    At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL)
    Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student
  • Tango 3. Intermediate-Advanced Tango Topics
    Pre-requisite: Two courses in Argentine Tango.
    Tuesdays October 10 – November 14 (six weeks)
    7:00 pm
    At Springer Cultural Arts Center (301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL)
    Tuition Fees: $61 in district / $91.50 outside district
    Tango 3 is taught through Champaign Park District
    Dancers who register with a partner do not need to change partners during class.
    Fees listed are per person.
    NOTE: Register online through CPD website by October 3. Afterwards you must register in person at the Springer office (301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL) before class starts.

    Park District Code 217060-02
    Advanced Tango (B)
    7:00 pm –8:00 pm Tuesdays
    Springer Cultural Center

In Bloomington-Normal, IL. (
Normal Park District)

September 7 – October 26 (eight weeks)

  • 8 pm: Tango Lab in Bloomington-Normal. For experienced tango dancers.
  • Tuition fees: $80 ($12 drop-in per class)
  • Course topics include how to enhance partner connection, improve floor uses a new movement vocabulary (set of steps) as a framework for developing the aforementioned skills. Dancers will acquire ability to dance tango fluently on any dance floor and with any partner. Please wear dance shoes to allow for easy pivoting and NO partner is necessary. Previous experience with Argentine Tango is required. Please pre-register

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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

    • October 21, 2017
      1:00 pmtango@krannert


    • October 22, 2017
      5:30 pmflamenco lesson
      Rm 314 B Illini Union { Map }

    • October 22, 2017
      6:30 pmPractica
      Room 314B Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana IL 61801 { Map }

    • October 23, 2017
      7:30 pmTango 2: Club Style
      Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana, IL, 61801 { Map }

    • October 23, 2017
      9:00 pmQuick Start
      Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana, IL, 61801 { Map }

    • October 24, 2017
      7:00 pmTango Topics
      Springer Cultural Center, 301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA { Map }

    • October 25, 2017
      7:30 pmFree lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • October 25, 2017
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • October 26, 2017
      8:00 pmB'ton Tango Lab
      Community Activity Center, 1110 North Douglas, Normal, IL { 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.