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History through the Hills, Columbia SC’s rich History

Chris Laskowski9/11/2014  |  Categories: Columbia
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The hills of Columbia hold secrets, stories and memories of a rich history. As the sun bids the citizens of Columbia farewell for the night and hides behind the hills, they glow a little more brightly than anywhere else. They afterall have witnessed both triumphs and downfalls, joy and sorrow, but through it all, they have remained vigilant over the citizenry, growing ever prouder each day. The land may have had it’s first encounter by the Spanish, but it was the proud Americans that fought for it, nurtured it and cultivated both it’s soil and people into the robust citizenry that exist today.

Columbia’s Start

The state which we now know as South Carolina, was first inhabited by the Congaree Native Americans and was first discovered by Hernando De Soto. Just like today, Columbia’s geographically desirable location became the primary reason why American settlers chose to settle in. It wasn’t until 1786 that State Senator John Lewis Gervais proposed the bill that would make Columbia the official State Capital.


Palmetto and the Revolution

The citizens of Columbia are lucky enough to enjoy the sight of palmetto trees throughout the state, but few realize the importance they played in the American Revolution. If not for the spongy wood provided by the palmetto trees and used to build Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina would have been overrun by the British Navy. Instead, the proud American fort stood through the onslaught of the cannons that barraged it’s walls. The British suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of William Moultrie, who commanded a mere 400 troops. It was this battle that helped motivate American troops and eventually win independence for America.


Columbia, a place to grow

Columbia’s success is the the result of many years of hard work and planning. Just like Rome, Columbia is not the result of a day’s labor. Both the state and city have a long and proud history of nurturing it’s citizens and making sure that the the strong and proud natives offer their city all they can. As a matter of fact, the University of South Carolina, which was first known as South Carolina College at it’s founding in 1801, has historically made moves in the right direction. This proud building has survived the American Revolution, earthquakes, fires, and went on to be the first southern state to have African Americans on it’s board of trustees as well as give degrees to African Americans. The University is a great representation of Columbia as it is always on the forefront in terms of social and educational evolution. Columbia is definitely a place that is meant for growth in all the right directions.


So the hills lay silent, forever observers of the majesty that is Columbia. There are some among the citizens of Columbia that would claim that the land influences and shapes them. There are those that would claim that the beauty of it’s hills give them power to inspire, dream and prosper. The hills however have a different story. If you were to ask them, they would simply tell you that it is the citizenry of Columbia that capture the very best of the human spirit and inspire them to prevail, if for anything else, than to know what new achievements lay in the future of Columbia.

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Columbia moves to the rhythm of Miriam Barbosa

Chris Laskowski8/27/2014  |  Categories: Columbia
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Her figure glides over the darkness of the stage, almost dissipating into nothingness, then springs back into a series of fluid steps that draw observers in almost a hypnotic state. Her name is Miriam Barbosa and she is Columbia’s prestigious shining star. Her strength, passion and experience in dance shines throughout her performances and she brings both pride and culture to Columbia through her graceful performance. Citizens of Lake Carolina, the premier custom home builder in Columbia, SC, have the delight of reveling in a city which moves to the spirit she captures in her dance. The direction in which she has taken the former South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company, now known as “Miriam Barbosa Dance”, is both exciting and unique.576569_10150783564171049_751805891_n.jpg


Her dedication to the art of dance has led her through many dance halls and her portfolio is almost as vast as it is impressive. Barbosa, a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of South Carolina, holds an MFA from the University Of Fine Arts Of Sao Paulo/Brazil. Her profession has taken her all around the world, but she seems to have made her home in Columbia, South Carolina. What she has brought to Columbia is a little bit of the world she so beautifully captures in her dance. She also brings something a little more unique to Columbia, she brings Gyrotonic®.images.jpg


Gyrotonic® is a holistic approach to exercise, physical therapy and overall health that helps increase flexibility, strength and overall well being through circular motion exercises using machines specially designed for the activity. At first glance, one might mistake a class for professional dancers practicing in preparation of a new routine. Ms. Barbosa happens to be a Gyrotonic® Master Trainer, bringing the therapeutic exercise to residents of Columbia.


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Ms. Barbosa has regular classes and puts on many productions with the very talented dance company she has assembled. Performances such as “Catharsis” are a sheer delight for audiences, and for fans of contemporary dance in general. What some may not know is that some of her inspiration comes from South Carolina; however given the states beauty and history, how can anyone not be inspired. Miriam Barbosa through the power and creativity of her dance has truly made Columbia the center of dance for the South East. For more information please visit www.miriambarbosa.com or you can also view one of her videos.


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