Tango is not only a fascinating dance, but also a fascinating idea, philosophy, culture, and lifestyle. In many ways, tango is a metaphor of life. The pursuit of tango is the pursuit of connection, love, unity, beauty, harmony and humanity, i.e., an idealism that is not consistent with the dehumanizing reality of the modern world. The world divides us as individuals, but tango unites us as a people and species. In tango we are not individualists, feminists, nationalists, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, etc., but interconnected and interdependent members of the human family. We are humanists. Tango calls us to tear down the walls, to build bridges, and to regain humanity through connection, cooperation, reconciliation and compromise. If you share this conviction, please join the conversation and let your voice be heard, which is urgently needed and long overdue.

Together we can awaken the world.

September 8, 2018

Champaign Milongueros

Champaign Milongueros is a group of local tango dancers committed to the milonguero style of tango. We chose this name for the group because we want to carry on the milonguero tradition and set ourselves apart from the existing tango culture in this university town. Champaign is one of the earliest tango communities in Illinois, yet for more than two decades Champaign tango remains small and weak because it only focuses on university students, the part of the population who will leave the town after graduation and are interested in things that do not appeal to older local dancers.

We want to depart from that path and try a new approach.

1. This group aims mainly at local people. We believe that only with local dancers as the mainstay can Champaign tango community serve the needs of the permanent local residents, depart from the current culture, gain sustainable growth, and exert better influence on university students.

2. We are dedicated to the milonguero style of tango that features close embrace, feelings, gender roles and classic tango music, not the Nuevo style featuring open embrace, exhibition, gender-neutrality and alternative music. In contrast to the ideologies that unduly promote pluralism, diversity and differences, we emphasize authenticity, standardization, conformity and milonguero tradition.

3. By observing tango protocols that are practiced in the milongas of Buenos Aires, including milonga etiquette, dress code, separate seating, cabeceo, and navigation rules, we want to create an integrated, respectful, friendly, pleasant, beautiful and orderly environment in our milongas.

5. We emphasize team spirit, brotherhood, love and responsibilities within the group against the individualistic tendency that focuses on the independence, rights, liberty and freedom of the individual. A milonguero is not an individualist. He/she belongs to a group of dancers who understand the interdependence of the individuals and the importance of the community, and who regularly dance together, conform to the group standard, observe its codes, participate in its administration, and be a role model for novices and newcomers. We want to carry on that milonguero tradition, work as a team to make our milonga a welcoming home for all like-minded dancers.

6. To secure the quality of our milonga, this group opens only to selected dancers. To become a member of the group, you need to take a 20-hour training course with us on the fundamentals of the milonguero style and milonga codes. We welcome anyone to attend our classes, but only those who meet the standard may become members of the group and attend our milongas. Students failed the course may repeat it until qualified.

7. Members need to continue their training and actively participate in group activities to keep their membership. Members may lose the membership if they fail to meet the standard of the group.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like the Champaign First Congregational Church of Tango is now open. ;)