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Cupcakes and Muffintops 6.0 is coming your way August 3rd in Oakland!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year around here for fat fashion!  That’s right,  it’s time for Cupcakes and Muffintops 6.0, the fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale happening Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 from Noon-4pm at The Humanist Hall in Oakland, CA.  Come on out for the Bay Area’s biggest fat fashion extravaganza of the year and spend the afternoon in the company of some of the most gorgeously courageous, enthusiastic fat folks around, egging each other on to buy that tight leather vest or try on that bikini.  Come sample delicious homemade treats and come in with a reasonable amount of cash, and leave with armloads of new-to-you clothes you can’t wait to wear  Presented jointly by Big Moves, friends of NOLOSE, and the Fat Friendly Funders, we’re so proud that this bonanza of fat fashion and fellowship is becoming a Bay Area institution.

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August 3rd, 2014
Humanist Hall
411 28th Street, Oakland, CA
12-4 pm
$0-$10 suggested door donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Pricing info: Most clothing $1-7; Some boutique items $10 and up, shopper’s discretion.

We are excited to announce that we will be accepting both cash and credit cards for clothing purchases. The door and bake sale will remain cash only.

Check out our blog for updates and photos of what is coming through the sorting room: http://cupcakesandmuffintops.wordpress.com/

Find the event on Facebook and join it, share it, and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/1503754816507259/

It’s never too early to clean out your closets for great fat causes! We’re currently accepting donations of gently used clothing for people of all genders, size large and up, up, up! Superfat and masculine-spectrum clothing especially appreciated.

Send an email to cupcake@bigmoves.org schedule a donation pickup, volunteer to help at the sale, or sign up to bake some goodies!

Accessibility Information: The entrance to the sale is on 28th Street, through the garden. There is a small parking lot on the side of the garden towards Telegraph Avenue, and we ask that people leave the parking spaces in the lot for people who need closer, more accessible parking. Once in the garden, there is a path down to a ramp on the left; the ramp is the main entrance to the sale and will be festooned accordingly. Inside, we’ll have some armless seats and volunteers on hand to help you shop, carry clothes, etc!

The Humanist Hall has two gender-free bathrooms, one of which is accessible but may have a sink-height issue. The shared dressing room is also gender-free.

A note about the clothing: we put the call out for donations of clean clothes but don’t wash them ourselves, so some may arrive with pet hair, scented detergents, or smoke.

A few more details about The Next Big Thing!

WOW!  We had a great dress rehearsal last night and as we are headed into the actual show this weekend we wanted to give you a few more details about tickets and attending The Next Big Thing.

  • Advance ticket sales end at NOON on Saturday for the Saturday show and 8am on Sunday for the Sunday show.  After that tickets will be available at the door.
  • Children under 3 free, Ages 4-17 $10 at the door.  People often ask us if the show is kid-friendly and we always say this: It depends. It is an all-ages show, but there is some brief partial nudity in the show from our two guest burlesque artists and there may be some salty language used throughout the evening. A couple of emFATic’s pieces are kind of serious this year and deal with themes of fat oppression and fat hatred (a little more serious and emotional than in years’ past). Some kids watch the whole show and some step out into the lobby for certain acts and that is easy to do. If you have questions about this, just let us know!
  • The main entrance to the show this year is the accessible entrance at the back of the theater. To reach this entrance enter the campus from Fallon St. and enter at the accessible entrance at the back of the theater. Go down the hallway and enter the theater directly. We will have a volunteer check you in at will call or take your money for a ticket. There are accessible bathrooms on this level. There is street parking on Fallon St. and flat, but sloped, pathways to get to the theater. There are a number of disabled parking spaces available in the Laney parking lot closest to 8th St. and Fallon and the theater. From that lot, you will go down an alley behind the theater to the entrance that is closest to 10th St. People can also be dropped off directly at the accessible entrance door. We will have a volunteer posted at the entrance and lots of signs!To avoid stairs in the theater, enter at the accessible entrance. For the accessible entrance to the theater, enter the campus from Fallon St. and enter at the accessible entrance at the back of the theater (the side of the theater that is closest to the art gallery and 10th St.–see photo and also at link:http://www.laney.edu/wp/test-site/campus-map-directions/).
  • Theater and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Fixed theater seats have arms. Seat width on fixed seats with arms is 19 inches. There will be a number of armless chairs in the accessible seating section. We are expanding the accessible section for armless chairs and wheelchairs/scooters this year by removing some of fixed theater seats. We will be reserving the row of seats behind the accessible section so that people in mixed size/ability groups attending the show together can sit together.
  • The theater is across the street from Lake Merritt BART. We recommend taking BART if you are attending the Sunday show as there is a flea market that happens in one of the campus parking lots on Sunday and parking is more challenging that day

 

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The Next Big Thing postcard…take a peek!

We are really excited to share the postcard for The Next Big Thing.  We are so happy with ow this turned out!  The Next Big Thing is happening June 14th and 15th, 2014 at Laney College Theater in Oakland and features our own emFATic DANCE plus special guests Raks Africa, Tigress and Sarah, Bahiya Movement, Kitty Von Quim, the  models of Full Figure Entertainment, Magnoliah Black, The Spoonies, and Juicy D. Light as emcee.  Get tickets now at: http://thenextbigthing.brownpapertickets.com/

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The Next Big Thing tickets available NOW!

Tickets are available NOW for The Next Big Thing, our an all-new size diverse dance and music showcase happening June 14th and 15th at Laney College Theater in Oakland, CA.  The Next Big Thing  features emFATic DANCE and special guests Raks Africa, Magnoliah Black, Kitty Von Quim, Tigress and Sarah, the models of Full Figure Entertainment, Bahiya Movement, The Spoonies, The Tartlettes, and Juicy D. Light of Rubenesque Burlesque as emcee.  Get your tickets at http://thenextbigthing.brownpapertickets.com/ .  Don’t miss out!

Day of Dance 2014 Schedule

We are really looking forward to our annual FREE Day of Dance happening Sunday April 27th at The Beat (2560 9th St., Berkeley, CA) and we hope you all will come on out and join us.  Class schedule is as follows:

Day of Dance Schedule
11:45 – 12:00pm Registration
12:00-12:30: Greeting/warmup with Matilda St. John, emFATic DANCE co-Artistic Director
12:30-1:15: Jazz Dance with Jessica Judd, emFATic DANCE co-Artistic Director
1:15-2:00: Belly Dance with Raks Africa
2:00-2:15: Break
2:15-3:00 : Burlesque with Juicy D. Light of Rubenesque Burlesque
3:00-3:45: Intro to Tap Dance with Kentucky Fried Woman
3:45-4:00: emFATic DANCE performance/closing

Please note: We are asking people who want to do the warm-up to please arrive at 11:45 for registration so we can start right at noon.

Other information about Day of Dance:

Please wear clothes you are comfortable moving and sweating in and bring water to drink. If you are taking the jazz class bring jazz or ballet shoes if you have them, otherwise you can dance barefoot/in socks. If you are taking the tap class please bring tap shoes if you have them, if not bring a pair of low-heeled (no more than 1-inch) hard soled shoes to dance in if you can.

Accessibility notes: There are no stairs to get into The Beat and none inside the studio. The dance studio itself, lobby, and bathrooms are all wheelchair accessible. The doorway to the dressing room may not be. Measurements on studio and bathroom doors is 35 inches wide. The dressing room is 30 inches wide. There is free street parking in front of the studio. There will be dancers demonstrating seated adaptations for all movement taught throughout the day. In order to make this event accessible to as many people as possible, we are requesting a low-scent environment–please refrain from using scented body, hair, or laundry products prior to attending. Please note that we are one group of many who rents this studio and it is part of a shared office building with shared bathrooms; we are unfortunately unable to control the type of soap in the bathrooms and cleaning products used in the space.

March Open Rehearsals last ones until June

We’re just putting the word out that our March 1st and March 15th Open Rehearsals will be the last ones until June 21st.  We are getting ready for our ALL NEW big show happening June 14th and 15th and we will be hunkering down in full blown production mode during April, May, and early June.  But never fear, after the big show Open Rehearsals will be back and will continue throughout the summer,  fall, and winter.  So come on out in March and if you miss us then catch us at our annul FREE Day of Dance happening April 27th.

See you in the studio!

Welome 2014!

Happy New Year from all of us here at Big Moves! If you’d like to try out dancing in 2014, or just want to add more dance in your life, come on out to one of our open rehearsals. What’s more, our classes, rehearsals, shows, events, etc. are 100% free from diet talk/weight loss talk, body-negativity, fat-hate, etc. That’s right, you can come dance in a fat-positive, body-positive space where you will be instructed by fat AND fat-positive teachers while surrounded by the rad fatties of emFATic DANCE! What’s not to love? So, come on out and join us in 2014. Next open rehearsal is THIS Saturday, 1/4. Hope to see you there!

 

Thanks for a great Chocolate Tasting

We just wanted to give a big fat THANK YOU to all of our A Taste for Dance 2013 performers, guests, models, and donors for a wonderful event!  We had a fantastic show, fun costume contest, great group dance, and so much wonderful chocolate.  An annual event since 2002,  we look forward to A Taste for Dance every year this year did not disappoint.  We’ve got a lot more coming your way soon, so stay tuned!

A Taste for Dance this Saturday!

We are really looking forward to A Taste for Dance this Saturday (10/26) in Berkeley!  This is always a really fun community event so come on out!  This show is kid-friendly so bring them out too!  This year we’ve got  dance performances by emFATic DANCE and special guests including dance by Laura Malouf-Renning and sing along-worthy tunes from BIG Heart. The night will also include a costume parade for the kids (everyone’s a winner!), a costume contest with prizes for the adults, and a fatshion show of some of the greatest looks from Cupcakes and Muffintops, Big Moves’ annual clothing sale with friends of NOLOSE and the FatFriendlyFunders. Amanda Cooper (aka Sally Rolls) emcees!, an all-you-care-to-eat chocolate buffet, and a costume contest! Kid-friendly event, so bring them out.

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone in costume on Saturday night…Halloween fun times indeed! That said, please, please be mindful when you are dressing up and avoid being culturally appropriative, racist, transphobic, fatphobic, ableist, or otherwise hurtful with your costumes. There are plenty of costumes, thousands in fact, to be had that are not disrespectful or hurtful to others. Please also keep in mind that this is an event where kids will be in attendance. There will be costume contests for adults and children (everyone is a winner for the kids), with prizes, so bring the best you got!

Here is a link for reference, and as always, you probably want to avoid the comments: http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/in_the_immortal_words_of.html

More information and tickets for A Taste for Dance here!

 

See you on Sunday in Oakland!

All right….we are entering our final days of preparation for the BIG EVENT: Cupcakes and Muffintops v5.0.  We are so looking forward to seeing all your lovely faces on Sunday.  We are updating our blog with the latest from Muffintopia (aka our sorting room) so check it out for a sneak peek of what we have in store for you!  And an important note: We have more then enough clothes and CANNOT take anymore donations this year and we cannot take clothes at the door.  Thank you for understanding!

See  you  at the sale!

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