38 things we love about Illinois: No. 26

Miss V (Photo by Johnny Chang)
From venerable agriculture to the computer revolution, rare books to Round Barns, Homecoming parades to tunnel walks, these are a few of our favorite things about our favorite institution of higher education.

26. Dancing with the Star, Miss V

Aurora Villacorta, better known as Miss V, has taught generations of University of Illinois students that it truly takes two to tango—part of an instructional repertoire that includes etiquette, manners and ballroom moves. Those very moves once earned students credits in physical education, but these days Miss V confines her activities to the YWCA, where she continues to teach. She is fondly remembered by many, including romance novelist Julie Klassen, who says classes with Villacorta inspired her to write The Dancing Master.

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