Looking for a Tango Class?

Our next set of tango classes will start in January. (See schedule below.) 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.     … [Read more...]

Tango Class Schedules

  WINTER TANGO SCHEDULE 2018 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 January 22-March 12 (eight weeks) 9:00 pm At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL) Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student Tango 2C. Milonga and Vals Pre-requisite: One course in Argentine Tango. Mondays January 22-March 12 (eight weeks) 7:30 pm At Channing-Murray Foundation (1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL) Tuition fees: $45 student; $65 non-student Advanced Tango A. Intermediate-Advanced Tango Topics Pre-requisite: Two courses in Argentine Tango. Tuesdays January 23-February 27 (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. IMPORTANT: Register online through CPD website by January 15. Afterwards you must register in person at the Springer office (301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL) before class starts. In Bloomington-Normal, IL. (Normal Park District) NPD Tango Quick Start Open to Beginners. Learn to dance tango in our popular beginner's class. Thursdays January 25-March 15 (eight weeks) 7:00 pm At Normal Community Activity Center (1110 Douglas St, Normal, IL 61761) Tuition fees: $80 NPD Tango Lab For intermediate and advanced dancers. Explore a range of topics. Thursdays January 25-March 15 (eight weeks) 8:00 pm At Normal Community Activity Center (1110 Douglas St, Normal, IL 61761) Tuition fees: $80 Click here for more details and to pre-register for all classes   … [Read more...]

Milonga Epoca – at Regent Ballroom

  Milonga Epoca at Regent Ballroom 1406 Regency Dr West, Savoy, IL 61874 217-359-5333 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.   … [Read more...]

Practica

Tango Practica YOU GOTTA LOVE IT! Join us every Sunday for the “You Just Gotta Love It” Tango Practica. 6:30-8:00 pm (mini lesson at 7) Illini Union Rm 314B 1401 W. Green St, Urbana     OPEN TANGO PRACTICE FOR ALL LEVELS 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)     … [Read more...]

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 http://youtu.be/SIy-I-XIWSw http://youtu.be/aaVXeLUDENs http://youtu.be/h9v3qDWzNZg http://youtu.be/XjzVe6yJoRk http://youtu.be/5pPRMuty-A0 http://youtu.be/pViX3KfjVrQ http://youtu.be/9qdXFW5dOqM http://youtu.be/m9L-O_ACSik http://youtu.be/TK5UIEPbp5A http://youtu.be/jq9SxkGiXuk http://youtu.be/QrqWvPwBR44 http://youtu.be/wYalT9pb0ZQ http://youtu.be/EsVcF7XoXec http://youtu.be/W0xubFdSWWs http://youtu.be/zLQn7NdNjzs http://youtu.be/fEwNW_-9HBY http://youtu.be/kjYbxOTZSzA http://youtu.be/G2rKB0on55w … [Read more...]

WHAT CAN TAI CHI TEACH THE TANGO PRACTITIONER?

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?   … [Read more...]