Alicia "Sunshine" Gbaho
Alicia “Sunshine” Gbaho B. S. in Mass Communication, Minor in Dance, and is certified through NASM (Nutrition Coach), AFFAA (Group Fitness) and ABT Curriculum (Ballet), is the Director/Founder of Beyond Measure, LLC.
Alicia Sunshine began her dance career at the Katherine Dunham dance center in East St. Louis, IL where she was born and raised! She later evolved professionally & technically with her training at Illinois State University. This allowed her to work with many notable choreographers in dance theater, commercialism and competitive dance. It was there, Sunshine was grounded in an array of dance techniques: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, West African, Caribbean…
Sunshine recognized Gods’ purpose for her life when she was a little girl: touching lives through the arts. Performing all over at local and national venues has allowed her to move forward with that purpose. Notable artist and companies include but are not limited to…
Theater: Noir dance ensemble, Illinois State Dance Theater, Black Rep, Afriky Lolo (Assistant Artistic Director), The Slaughter Project, Banyan Dance Theater, JPEK Creative Works, Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theater, Gifted Productions.
Commercial: Lupe Fiasco (Grammy Nominated Hip Hop Artist), John B, Andrea Kelly Chamillionare, Anthony Anderson, The Legendary Showtime at the Apollo, Universal Soul Circus, R&B Sensation Jznalle, SOSy, STL TV, Fox 2 News, Universal Soul Circus, FitKyt, Utopia Entertainment
Local: Dancing in the Streets, Festival of Nations, National Dance Week, Stl Samba
Choreography: Black Nativity, Terry Hutchins, Branson in St. Louis, Motown Revue, Dancing in the Streets, Festival of Nations, National Dance Week, Dutchtown South Community Organization, FITKYT, Beyond Measure Dance Theater, The AfroKuumba Dancers, Dance the Vote, The Uppity Theater Company, Springboards, LypSync Gala Fundraising Choreographer and Winner 2019.
Studios: Dance Plus, Judging Diversity in Dance (youth Achievers Foundation, COCA, Springboard
School Districts: Hazelwood, Cahokia, SLPS, Chesterfield…
Higher Ed: SIUE, Lindenwood, Better Family Life, Black Dance USA
Workshops: Butterfly Chats, Culture Inclusivity Alliance IT NA Workforce 360, Black History Celebration - Wells Fargo, St. Luke’s Day of Dance 4 years)
Sunshine has also been seen in such productions as When Colored Girls Considered Suicide, The Mask, The Goddess Zaouli; Sundiata: The King of Mali by Afriky Lolo. She has also played in Real Life and A Deeper Shade of Blue by Joel P.E. King, Hip Oz by Anthony Redd Williams- COCA). Choreographer to Black Nativity of the Black Rep. Universal Soul Circus., Motown Revue, I’ve Never Heard
International: Danse, Abidjan - Africa, Munich - Germany.
Alicia Sunshine continues to perform & spread her passion of dance & fitness through the gift of inspiration, education and performance. Her businesses, Beyond Measure, LLC is a 3 tier company.
Beyond Measure Dance Theater (Professional Dance Company),
Afroetics (Afro Dance & Fitness Fusion)
The Afro Kuumba Dancers (Youth & Pre Professional Training Program).
Founded in 2007 in St. Louis, MO , artistic director & choreographer, Alicia “Sunshine” Depry-Gbaho, built a dance company that would entail intermingled choreography rooted in the African Cultures, illuminating the dynamics of its powerfully influential and iconic dances. Beyond Measure Dance Theater has been called “a preeminent Afro-Fusion Dance Company!” Its members receiving accolades for their technique, artistry & musicality.
Traditional & creative music are vital to Beyond Measure as well as community engagement. Since 2009, Beyond Measure Dance Theater has an annual production, community involvement and international.
Continuing to live up to their reputation of being a powerful & dynamic performance company, BMDT provides educational opportunities in dance for all ages and abilities. The art of fusion is the language of this company expressed through song, folk tales, dance, visual art and poetry.
. "If you want to know more about who my daughter is, it's in her Dance."
Catherine D. Williams