Two local Zumba instructors with a passion for fitness are joining together to present this event. Women and girls from all over Columbia are going to RISE & Dance for Justice.
Cynthia Shepard, is a local business owner in the Columbia area. Cynthia has over 25 years in the fitness industry and has worked with girls and women through the venue of fitness all over the world. Wife retired Air Force Colonel, Steve Shepard, she and her two daughters Kate, and Lizzie have lived all over the world, and have been involved with charitable organizations for many years. Through her fitness programs, she has helped women and girls to be stronger, to be empowered, and to lead healthy and fulfilled lives. Last year, she heard about the mission of One Billion.org and she felt that she could/should do something locally to bring awareness to abuse against women.
Tammie Epps is a local Zumba instructor and is also the Media Relations Manager for Palmetto Health, South Carolina's largest integrated healthcare system, where she has worked for over 20 years. She has been a licensed Zumba instructor for over 3 years and enjoys helping the community engage in exercise while having a good time. Tammie is married to Reginald Epps and they have one son, Rex.
The event was very moving and there were many abuse survivors walking quietly amongst the dancers, who shared with her their gratitude of having somewhere they felt safe and appreciated. This year the event is expanding and will have speakers from Sexual Trauma of the Midlands and Sistercare.