Love on the dance floor

Falling in love was not what Kerstin Deeke had in mind when she booked her first salsa class. Having just moved to Dubai from Hamburg on assignment, Kerstin was simply looking for a fun way to meet people in her new city, while also learning something new.  What she ended up getting was a life changing meeting.

One of the main principles of learning salsa is that you should not train with only one partner, so that you don’t get accustomed to one person’s style. This principle was highly irritating for Kerstin, as in her first session she briefly met David, an Australian man with whom she immediately felt a spark. But with only thirty seconds with each partner, it was hard to turn that spark into a fire, as the two rarely got enough time to interact during the classes. Despite that, both knew there was something special between them.

David & Kerstin

David & Kerstin

Over the next few weeks, a series of random events led them to go on a group trip together to Beirut with other salsa friends. There they did not have the pressure of the instructor pushing them to the next partner and got the chance to truly learn about each other. Little did they know that was the beginning of forever.

Salsa brought the couple together

Salsa brought the couple together

Six months later, the two were forced apart as Kerstin had to return to Hamburg. The pair maintained a long distance relationship for a year, which was difficult on both of them. By December 2010, Kerstin knew that this relationship was too important to be lived across continents, so she handed in her resignation and planned a move back to the UAE. A week later, David proposed, and the two were married in October 2011 with three different weddings across three different continents! Unsurprisingly, salsa was the style they chose for their first dance for all three.

The happy couple on their wedding day

The happy couple on their wedding day

Kerstin & David naturally chose salsa as their first dance

Kerstin & David naturally chose salsa as their first dance

Kerstin and David’s desire to learn something new along with a little sprinkling of fate brought them together, and while they don’t attend salsa classes anymore, the two still strive to continue learning and have actually taken up sailing as their new joint hobby.

The couple have now taken up sailing together

The couple have now taken up sailing together

Salsa is a great way to meet new people. Check out salsa classes on The Curve and you might just meet your perfect partner, both on and off the dance floor! 

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Learning to {Wakeboard}

When Xtreme Wake signed up with us, I was hesitant to try their wake boarding classes as I was still haunted by my terribly failed attempt to waterski on our honeymoon. I definitely wasn’t too keen on swallowing another gallon of sea water.

But when my brother came to visit from Qatar he was looking for  some adventure so I put my pride aside and called the guys from Xtreme Wake to book us a session. In my head, I comforted myself with the though that if I was still too chicken to try it I could at least soak up some rays on their gorgeous new boat – not a bad way to spend a Friday morning if you ask me!

Early on Friday morning, five us of met the team at the Marina Walk where their boat is docked. Karim & Ahmed, the owners of Xtreme Wake, are super friendly and immediately put everyone at ease. We headed out towards the boat (which is AWESOME!) and set out onto the water.

Leaving the marina

Leaving the marina

My two brothers were both experienced with water sports and started off the lessons with ease. With the bar set that high, I was even more nervous to go next.

Karim showing Ousama the proper starting position

Karim showing Ousama the proper starting position

Sami gearing up

Sami gearing up

Ousama getting fancy

Ousama getting fancy

It was my turn next, and with my competitive edge setting in, I was adamant not to let my brothers outdo me.

Putting on a brave face

Putting on a brave face

Karim gave me a few pointers on the proper way to start and how to stand up and then off I went into the water. As the boat began to pull, I immediately found myself swallowing seawater. Apparently, I was far too eager to stand up and caused myself to faceplant into the water – not too impressive of a start! However, with a few corrections and tries, I actually found myself standing up and staying up! I had always imagined wake boarding to be harder than waterskiing, but in reality it was FAR easier. It amazed me at how simple corrections to your positions could make the whole process so simple and enjoyable.

After two hours, we had all had a shot at the sport and agreed that it was definitely something we would want to do again. Being out on the water with the great weather, great company, and learning something new all added up to a fun and memorable group experience that is worth repeating!

The group

The group

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{The facts}
Activity: Wake boarding
Provider: Xtreme Wake
Location: Dubai Marina Walk
Timing: Fridays & Saturdays
Duration: 2 hours [anything from 1 hour to a full day is available]
Price: 1,000 AED
Maximum participants: 5
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