As guys play loudly on the basket ball courts inside the Campus Recreation, there is a classroom that stays in constant activity with high energy, fat burning exercise classes at various times that attract students who don’t wish to work out alone or need something consistent to motivate them to work out.
Yet there is one class in particular that will make fit for the perfect surprise to a Zumba instructor named DeAnna Webb, a freshmen pre-nursing major.
Coming in at 5:45 p.m. like she normally does on Tuesdays, Webb headed straight to the front desk, speaking to her co-workers as she approached the computer to clock in. Preparing for her Zumba class like she has done since Sept. 26, she is unaware that her co-workers know someone special was waiting to surprise her that day during her class.
The co-conspirators wait anxiously for the arrival of the special guest while the preoccupied instructor went about talking to new students in the classroom that started to fill in five minutes before the class started at 6 p.m. with familiar faces.
The special surprise that was expected during her class was her six months fiancé, Sr. Amn. Eric Dahmer.
“I’ve known her [DeAnna] since about September when we hired her so she’s been on board with us and have done a great job,” Mary Robison, a graduate assistant for Fitness and Wellness, said. “I haven’t met her soon-to-be husband because he’s been deployed, but we hear all about him and the wedding.”
Dahmer who has been in the U.S. Air Force for three years was stationed oversees in Qatar for four months, and throughout that time, Webb eagerly waited until he came back home. Although she was aware that he was supposed to arrive back that day, she didn’t know what time she was going to see him.
“I was actually talking to her mom because DeAnna was asking me every day when I’m going to come in, and I wouldn’t tell her,” said Dahmer. He was planning to surprise her when he came home, and worked with her mother, Sheila Webb who also attends the Zumba class, to do so.
During the Zumba class of about 35 people or more, it was high with energy as D. Webb led the class into a choreographed dance routine to Sean Paul’s “Temperature”. Not slowing down and giving all her focus to the class, she easily moved into swift, neat two-steps using her arms and it was the door that unnoticeably broke her concentration.
“Well, I was dancing—like normally, I would be watching my class behind me,” D. Webb said. “And then I see more people coming in—and normally I look to count because we have to keep count—, and then I saw his uniform and I was like oh my gosh!”
Shocked and excited Webb rushed off the stage and into his arms. In that short time, she was reunited with her Airman in a passionate embrace that only two lovers could give each other after a long period of absence.
“It was just overwhelming is what it was,” Dahmer said, as he explained how he felt from the time he got in the car to seeing and holding her in his arms. “The closer we got to the school here the more I got butterflies and shaky, but as soon as I stepped in there and seen her, it took a lot for me to not run up there and grab her.”
The reunited couple has plans of getting married next year on June 2 after a year of dating and a full year of engagement.