“Crank” by Lu Castro feat. Michael Akienz | Nightlife Edition
Sunshine Kamadi, our Founder
Sunshine Kamadi came back to Houston, Texas in 2002 after a powerful experience with the Ecstatic Dance of Austin Body Choir. She was inspired to replicate this type of dance community in her home town of Houston. Her initial dance event in November 2003 had more than sixty attendees, and the event changed not only the nightlife scene in Houston, but also the dance clubs NYC. She has continued to refine and expand her dance offerings during the past decade, and new events include exciting formats that explore variations of conscious dance movements and supportive community experiences.
Dancing Crane in Still Water
Kamadi states that her intention is to expand unity and develop community. She does this by providing platforms for connection, oneness, and expansion through dance, art, movement, and music.
Sunshine Kamadi graduated from Texas Christian University, and she has been interested in expressive healing, creativity, and spirituality throughout her life. She has been involved with dance as a performer and facilitator for more than 25 years, and ancient modes of free movement highlight her dynamic art expression. Kamadi is a springboard for community connection and self-discovery.
Kamadi has been developing, facilitating, and hosting enlightened Ecstatic Dance experiences for Houston communities: DanceEvolution as a weekly community event, 2003 to 2014, Conscious RAVE 2012, Barefoot Ballroom, Training for Ecstatic Dance Facilitators, DEFT, 2009 to 2014, the Annual Global Dance for Peace by EarthDance Houston, 2005 to 2013, Give Peace a Dance, Journey DanceHouston, New Year’s Day Wishing Well and Burning Bowl Ceremonies, 2007 to 2014, The Nine Energetic Functions, The Principals of Ecstatic Practice, What the Bleep is Ecstatic Dance, DancePortation, BlackLights and BodyPaint for public and private groups, Sacred Sound Sacred Body, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Texas Yoga conference, Crazywood Dance Spa, Unity Church, and The Oneness Community. She produced the KPFT radio show Ecstatic Dance for Peace from 2005 to 2007 and was selected by Fox news to be a featured dance artist. Her impressive resume also includes her work as a co-developer of sacred dance at the Center For Spiritual Living, the Creative Life Center, the Mary Magdalene Community at Rothko Chapel, and Unitarian NW.
PBS aired the film House of Dreams 2007, and this Platinum Award winner featured DanceEvolution. A performance was part of Discover Dance 2014 at Discovery Green, and DanceEvolution will be featured in Dance the Dream Houston Discovery Green MLK 50 celebration. The company will have a facilitating role at the Archaic Revival Transformational Festival and featured in the Travel Channel series Soul Search. Current adventures for Kamadi include the development of a Worldwide Ecstatic Evolution global dance community, and DanceEvolution enthusiasts should stay tuned for even more!
Kamadi keeps moving forward in her current endeavor as a student of the Four Dragons Institute. Her studies have taken her to the Conscious Lounge led by Bob Stevens, Heart Songs, Meditation, Yoga, and Kirtan. Her prior studies include: Toni Bergin’s 2010 JourneyDance, the Vin Marti 2006 Movement Leadership Training and Soul Motion event, Dance Meditation by Dunya from 2003 to 2006, the Oskar Madera Body Choir and Liquid Sol Ecstatic Dance Facilitation from 2004 to 2009, NIA White Belt in 2005, EFT Teacher Trainings from 2007 to 2013, and Goddess Awakening by Sonya Sophia from 2005 to 2007. She participated in Rainbow Gatherings from 2005 to 2012, the 2004 Sweat Your Prayers and Five Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth, and continues to share her expertise in the global community expansion of ecstatic dance evolution through natural human movement.