Vera Rowe to Move to Pennsylvania!
Boston salsa alumnus Vera Rowe broke the news last Tuesday evening that she will be moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania, because her husband has been promoted to a new position there. This month will be her last one teaching classes in New Hampshire.
This came as a shock to both the New Hampshire and Boston salsa communities. As I discussed with Vera in my interview with her last year, she has been paramount and successful in promoting a new salsa community in New Hampshire over the past couple of years. She has directed the Nueva Vida Dance School, hosted weekly salsa nights, and brought both the New Hampshire and Boston communities together at her monthly salsa socials. She even brought big name salsa stars like Jayson Molina and Yamule√© Dance Company (New York) to New Hampshire to teach workshops and perform!
Yamule√© performing at Vera’s Nueva Vida Salsa Social in NH
And even though she had moved to New Hampshire, Vera is still a beloved participant in the Boston community. Many of the local dancers grew up dancing with and learned to dance from her.
So for Vera to leave so suddenly, for it all to come to an end so soon, when there is still so much more room to learn and grow…it feels like a hole has been left in the communities, and I’m sure for many of us, our hearts.
But we all wish her the best for her new life in Pennsylvania. Vera is a strong, dedicated dancer. Such is her strength and commitment, that she would drive 7 hours to Pennsylvania to train with her dance partner Darlin Garcia. Now that drive will only be 1 hour. She will also only be 1.5 hours away from New York, one of the salsa meccas of the world. Those New Yorkers don’t know how lucky they are to have Vera right next door, for she is a fine lady and an amazing dancer.
Vera will be hosting a final blowout party the last weekend of June. I will post more details about it as I receive them.
Farewells are so bittersweet, aren’t they?