Coverage of the Immigration Project Fundraiser

On April 20, 2017, many local tango dancers collaborated with the Immigration Project to support legal assistance for immigrants. Some photos from the event are available on the News Gazette website At The Immigration Project fundraiser event in Champaign on April 20, 2017 Tango Dancers work the dance floor during the Immigration Project fundraiser. The C-U Tango Community performed at the end of the evening in a show of solidarity for the event. .     … [Read more...]

Tango Class Schedules

  SUMMER TANGO SCHEDULE 2017 In Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Tango 1. Tango Quick Start Open to beginners. Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm - At Illini Union (Rm 314 usually) June 22 - Aug 3, 2017 Followed by free open Practica until 9:30 pm Taught through the Dancing Illini Tuition fees: $45 for UIUC Students, Staff, and Faculty $50 for non-UIUC folks $40 for returning students The fee includes all classes offered by Dancing Illini through the summer. See the Dancing Illini website for more details. Tango 3. Advanced Tango for dancers with partners. Pre-requisite: one or more courses in Argentine Tango. Mondays June 5 - August 7 7:30 - 8:45 pm Taught through Champaign Park District Fees listed are per person. $90 in district / $135 outside district Registration Deadline May 30 Class ID 117078-01 Location: Springer Cultural Arts Center 301 N Randolph St, Champaign, IL 61820 SUMMER TANGO SCHEDULE 2017 In Bloomington-Normal, IL. Normal Park District. Tuesdays June 6 - July 18 7 pm: T1. Tango Quick Start in Bloomington-Normal. For beginners 8 pm: T3. Tango Lab in Bloomington-Normal. For experienced tango dancers. $12/class Download Normal Park District Tango Flyer for more details     … [Read more...]

Milonga Epoca – First Saturday of the Month – 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 Spring semester 2017. February 4, 2017 March 4, 2017 April 1, 2017 May 6, 2017 (In Summer: June 24)   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...]

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...]