Da'Shade Moonbeam

Co-Concept Creator, Actor
Fight Choreographer
Song Writer/Producer

Da'Shade is in a head space that is ready to create something new for the world to experience.He wants to be affiliated with a major company that thinks outside of the box when it comes to bringing art to the masses. He is moving everyday towards shaping the world he wants to see, as he sees it, for the better.

To say that Da'Shade Moonbeam is simply a Hip-Hop artist, would be inaccurate, because it's a box too small to contain all that he does. He chooses to express himself through many mediums, and is constantly challenging the limits of artistic categorization. But if one needed to classify him, he'd prefer to be called, an Artist. An "Artist" that "Does."

Da'Shade Moonbeam is also a published poet and a spoken word artist. He is the creator of Xenogia Spoken Word Collective and through his organization he works with Austin area Non-Profits to empower youth through literacy and performance. He has been active in the national poetry slam community for 15 years. He has been on 5 national teams, and is a 3 time Austin Poetry Slam Grand Champion. He helped Team Austin 2003 and 2008 bring home 3rd place rankings from NPS in addition to taking 12th place in the 2003 NPS Individual competition. He was ranked 12th in the world in 2007 at the first official international IWPS (Individual World Poetry Slam) in Vancouver, BC. He has shared stages with Javon Johnson, Carl Hancock Rux, The Last Poets, Nikki Giovanni, Laurie Carlos, Sharon Bridgeforth, and the late and legendary Sekou Sundiata to name a few. He's the first poet to incorporate Capoeira into a slam poetry performance.

His song Dance Sucka! has received acclaim from MTV's "Needle in the Haystack" campaign and is featured on the soundtrack to Craig Zobel's film Compliance. Dance Sucka! is titled Im a Dance on the soundtrack to the movie Compliance.

Additional Info

  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Awards: Austin Poetry Slam Team Grand Champion (3x), National Poetry Slam Team Finalist (2003 & 2008)
  • Affiliations: Blacklisted Individuals, Cry Havoc Action Choreography, NOOK, Xenogia Spoken Word Collective



This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at  NowPlayingAustin.com.