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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Looking for a Tango Class?

Our next set of tango classes will start in May or June. (Schedule TBD.)

Until then, new dancers who want to start tango now should come to Sunday Tango Practica.

Instructors can get you started on tango basics, and you can practice with some of the more experienced dancers.

Bring a friend and you can learn tango together.



Tango Practica


Join us every Sunday for the
You Just Gotta Love It
Tango Practica.

6:308:00 pm
(mini lesson at 7)
Illini Union Rm 314B
1401 W. Green St, Urbana

Teachers available for guidance. We encourage you to bring a practice partner. Feel free to invite your friends who are new to tango and we will help get them started.

No Charge.

  • Use the time to reinforce things you are learning in your tango dance.
  • Unlike a Milonga (tango dance party), the practica format allows you to stop and talk things over.
  • Teachers are present to answer questions.
  • And if you want to learn something new, we usually throw out a new step for people to try.
  • Feel free to bring your friends who are curious about tango.
  • Beginners welcome.

Show your tango some love, and it will love you back.

(Preceded by Flamenco dance lesson at 5:30 pm)

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 Spring Semester 2018.
  • January 20
  • March 31
  • April 21
  • May 19
Join us for a night of tango dancing in an elegant atmosphere!
  • DJ
  • Live music with Bandoneon Massacre! (no band Jan 20)
  • 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.


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

    • March 23, 2018
      9:00 pmBandoneon Massacre
      Turning Pointe Academy For The Performing Arts, 3000 US-52, West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA { Map }

    • March 25, 2018
      1:00 pmPractica - BloNo
      Green Top Grocery, 921 E Washington St, Bloomington, IL 61701, USA { Map }

    • March 25, 2018
      5:30 pmFlamenco
      Room 314B, Illini Union { Map }

    • March 25, 2018
      6:30 pmPractica
      Room 314B, Illini Union { Map }

    • March 26, 2018
      12:00 amUIUC Instruction Resumes


    • March 28, 2018
      7:30 pmFree lesson
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor Street, Champaign, IL { Map }

    • March 28, 2018
      8:00 pmCowboy Monkey Tango Night
      Cowboy Monkey, 6 Taylor St. Champaign, IL { Map }

    • March 29, 2018
      7:30 pmB’ton Tango II
      1110 Douglas St, Normal, IL 61761, 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 2nd Saturday of each month.
    Please check Calendar for last-minute changes.