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!
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!
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!
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/
More information and tickets for A Taste for Dance here!
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!
It’s almost here! Are you ready for the Bay Area’s biggest fat fashion extravaganza of the year? Are you prepared to 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? Are you ready to sample delicious homemade treats? Are you ready to come in with a reasonable amount of cash, and leave with armloads of new-to-you clothes you can’t wait to wear?
So are we, because the countdown starts now!
Cupcakes & Muffintops V5.0 is happening on August 11th, 2013 at the Humanist Hall in Oakland, CA Full event details are here. Come on out for the biggest and FATTEST clothing and bake sale you’ve probably ever encountered. Yes, it’s that good.
Whew! What a weekend! We had amazing, fantastic, flabulous shows! Thank you to our emFATic DANCERS, our guest artists, our emcee, our tech crew, and our volunteers for all your hard work and for making it all happen in the most magnificent way. And a huge STOUT OUT to all of you who came out and saw the show…we loved your audience energy!
And remember, this Saturday, June 1st, is open rehearsal with emFATic DANCE. If you want to learn to dance like the emFATic DANCErs (and you know you probably do), come on out. Noon-1:30pm at The Beat (2560 9th St., Berkeley, CA). $15 drop in or $20 for both classes in the month. June 1st FREE with your En Masse program (or other verification that you saw the show…honor system and all). No one turned away for lack of funds.
Until next time and we’ll see you in the studio.
Wow. What a show we’ve got! Dress rehearsal for En Masse last night and was AMAZING! We are ready! Shows are this weekend and we hope to see you there. Just a few details about tickets and the theater.
Online pre-sale of tickets ends 2pm Saturday 5/25 for the Saturday show and 8am Sunday 5/26 for the Sunday show. Tickets will be available at the door after that. Please note that we cannot accept credit cards at the door….cash or check only (cash preferred).
We will also have a limited number of show posters for sale at the show. If you loved the postcard, you will want one of these.
The theater is across the street from Lake Merritt BART and there is some street parking available and in some of the campus lots. Please note there will be a flea market in the main Laney parking lot on Sunday so we strongly encourage taking BART if you are attending the Sunday show and allowing for extra time to park if you are driving.
Full accessibility notes are as follows:
- Theater and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.
- Fixed theater seats have arms. Seat width on fixed seats with arms is 19 inches. There is room for approximately 19 armless chairs in the same section that has space for scooters and wheelchairs. 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.
- 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/). 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 accessible 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 accessible entrance.
Tickets are on sale NOW for our all-new dance and song spectacular, En Masse. The dancers of emFATic DANCE are working overtime to make all six of our pieces as sharp as can be, so come on out and cheer us on! We’ve got no fewer than ten in each of our pieces…an emFATic first! We will certainly be filling that huge Laney stage. Plus, we’ve got amazing guests artists bringing you many styles of dance performances and live music. These are going to be great shows…don’t miss out!
Welcome to our new website! We are beyond excited and thrilled to be debuting this gorgeous new site full of photos and Big Moves news galore. Please take some time to explore, learn about Big Moves, see what we’ve been doing over the past thirteen years, meet our dancers, and check out our awesome new photo gallery.
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Devra of Spinster Design who designed this beautiful site for us, worked with us on it for the past five months, and trained us how to maintain it. Thank you, Devra! We also do not have enough words to express our thanks to Lisa J. Ellis who photographed our show, Jazz Hams, last year which resulted in the background photo you see behind this page, as well as many other photos in this site’s gallery and bio section and our home page slide show. Lisa created a phenomenal Jazz Hams gallery which captured us backstage and onstage. We are thrilled that Lisa will be returning this year to capture photos of En Masse for us. We also wish to thank Katrin Auch, Gabriela Hasbun, Matt Cutts, Luiza Silva, and various Big Moves dancers and family members who have provided us with so many gorgeous, fun, candid, and posed photos of our dancers over the years, allowing us to create a truly robust photo gallery.
It’s been a lot of work, but oh, so worth it!
Welcome to our new online home,
Matilda St. John
Director, Big Moves Bay Area
Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
Jessica Erin Judd
Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE