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

LEARN TANGO – NEW CLASSES STARTING

New Class Schedule

Registration Still Open for All Classes

  • Sundays 5:30 pm – Tango 1 – Quick Start – Starts September 28
  • Mondays 9 pm – Tango 2 – Adv. Beginner class – Starts September 8
  • Thursdays 7:30 pm – Tango 1 – Quick Start – Starts September 11
    (Registration closes on 9/25)

 Click here for details and to pre-register

 


Homer & Christina in St Louis Oct 3-5

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Prerequisite: Participants must have a minimum of three years dancing tango.

Enrollment cap: Maximum 30 people

PRICING

FULL PACKAGE (5 classes and 2 Milongas)
EARLY BIRD $135
AFTER AUGUST 14 $150

MILONGA – $25 IN ADVANCE FOR TWO
$15 AT THE DOOR

Details and Register via this Facebook event page

 

 

 


CU Fall Tango Festival – Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014

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Fall Tango Festival

Our Fall 2014 Tango Festival will feature the amazing teachers and tango dancers Jesica Arfenoni & Maximiliano Cristiani, first-place winners World Championship of Tango, Buenos Aires.

October 31 – Nov 2, 2014

At University of Illinois Campus, Urbana-Champaign.

Full weekend pass: $140 (six workshops, two classes, three milongas )

Early bird full pass (by Oct 1): $120

Student discounts available.

Online registration is temporarily offline due to technical problems. Thank you for your patience.

Questions: Use the Contact Form.


Class Schedule:

Friday

  • 8:00 PM Milonga class
    Traspie in giro, figures, musicality

Saturday

  • 1:00 PM Men’s Technique
    Posture, walking, balance, pivots, enrosques and planeos technique, leader’s adornments
  • 1:00 PM Women’s Technique
    Posture, walking, pivots, giros, adornments
  • 2:30 PM Intermediate 1 – Couples Technique
    Connection, abrazo, caminata, ochos fwd, bwd w close embrace, different forms of half giro
  • 4:00 PM Intermediate 2 – Couples Technique
    Connection, how to dance close embrace, full dissociation, sacadas

Sunday

  • 1:00 PM Advanced 1
    Different sequences for the floor
  • 2:45 PM Advanced 2
    Variations for different orchestra

Milonga Schedule

  • Friday 9:30 pm – 2 am
    Venue TBA
  • Saturday 9:30 – 3 am
    Landmark Hotel, Urbana
  • Sunday 4:30 – ??
    BBQ and Goodbye Milonga
    Erwin’s at Curt Drive, Champaign

 


Graduation of Tango Level 1

Tajal’s Tango 1 class completed it’s four-week session recently.

Here is a photo of the group at the end of the last class. Look at those smiles!

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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.

 

 

 

 


Featured Videos

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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 […]

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Todaro-Bravo and friends…

Dance exhibitions 1940-1980     Raúl Bravo y Haydée Antonio Todaro y Tití (su hija) Pedro Villafañe y Alejandra Kalisay y Tita Oscar y Beatriz Omar Boragno y Marta El […]

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Documentary on Troilo…

This biographical documentary on Troilo is very good. It includes many excerpts from performances throughout his career, and has interesting interviews with his fellow collaborating musicians from various eras. One […]

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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 2nd Saturday of each month.
Please check CU Tango calendar for last-minute changes.

BBQ Milonga



BBQ Milonga at Erwin's House.
1314 Curt Dr., Champaign IL

Typically on 3rd Saturday of each month.
Please check CU Tango calendar for last-minute changes.

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