There is no consensus about the origins of the word tango. Some studies sug­gest that it is derived from the name of the African Yoruba god of thunder, Shango. However, most specialists agree that the tango is a descendent from the Cuban habanera dance that became very popular in the salons of the second half of the 19th century. From it, came the Andalusian tango, the Brazilian max­ixe and tango, as well as the Argentine milonga tango.

The American Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) was the first international musician to incorporate the habanera rhythm into his own music. Gottschalk visited Cuba several times and was highly successful there. One of his Cuban pupils was Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905), who later worked with Alkan and Marmontel in Paris. Cervantes wrote “Cuban dances” that are beautiful, jewel-like, concise structures.Chabrier Bizet, Debussy, and  Ravel wrote habaneras.  Emmanuel Chabrier  (1841- 189 4)wrote his “Habanera” in 1885 as a souvenir from his voyage to Spain. Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), who had a tempestuous early life and ran away from home, embarked as a stowaway for South America.  Read More




GlamourTango is a unique all-female international multimedia music and dance show.

GlamourTango was created in 2008 by pianist & music director, Polly Ferman to pay homage to women in Tango. Since then, GlamourTango successfully travels international stages all over the world.
GlamourTango It is educational and motivational: the ultimate homage to Women’s Empowerment.

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World-class musicians Daniel Binelli and Polly Ferman have united their talents to develop and further the appreciation of the tango, milonga, candombe, and other Latin American musical forms in the rarely heard partnership of the bandoneón and piano.

Their performances reflect the elegance and the subtlety of the traditional tango, the sauciness of the milonga, the romance of the waltz, and the temperament and power of the contemporary tango.  
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PAMAR is a non-profit organization seeking to promote better understanding between the various cultures and countries of the Americas, primarily through an ongoing and vital exchange of their music, musicians, and dancers.

Founded in 1984 in New York City by Uruguayan born pianist Polly Ferman, PAMAR has taken significant steps toward establishing itself as an artistic resource center.  Read More


PAMAR’s annual LACW, now on its 14th edition, reaches out to more than 500,000 individuals through a worldwide promotional and marketing campaign. Many institutions and artists throughout New York City participate hosting presentations of music, dance, film, theater, literature, visual and performing arts from or influenced by the diverse cultures of Latin America. Among them we can mention The New York Public Library, Teatro Pregones, The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabbazz Memorial Center, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Repertorio Español.
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