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April 2020 Update

We would usually want to try to say something peppy and fun to get your attention in this update, but the state of the world really makes that feel strange.  We hope you’re all staying as safe as you can, and getting by as best you can. This moment makes us realize how much we value all of you and the community we’ve been sharing with you for 20 years. So this update, like this year, will be a little different, but we’re encouraged to know you’re out there and with us as we navigate this new and uncharted global situation. Most of this year is up in the air for us, as it is for everyone, but there’s still some news to be shared and some dance to be had (details below!). Until we meet again, stay tuned and stay safe!

- Like everyone else, we just don’t know what the rest of 2020 will look like, and we’re respecting the Shelter in Place orders to only go out for essential work and activities.  We don’t yet know what this will mean for our events in 2020 (especially as we are defaulting to being very careful related to any health and safety issues), but at this point we can say that Big Moves as an organization looks to be in a good position to ride this out.

- THIS SUNDAY 4/26: Day of Dance goes virtual!  That’s right! Our low-pressure, high-joy annual event will be going live this Sunday afternoon.  Take a dance break while you’re sheltering in place; we’ll be beaming some fun over the internet with bite-sized, beginner-friendly classes from sweet and talented instructors, and a zoom room full of participants committed to moving joyfully in their bodies, regardless of size. Drop in for a class or stay for the whole day! While we’re sad we can’t be together in the same physical space, we’re excited that the virtual format means people from outside the Bay Area can also join in. This day has always been intended as a place where people wanting to dip their toes into dance can do so in a comfortable way, and we’re hoping people will take advantage of this virtual opportunity! This event is FREE and open to the public, but you must register through this form: https://forms.gle/KfGtuU5N9pTNVNwa7  For more information visit the event page here.

- emFATic DANCE has been meeting over zoom for our regular rehearsals, and we’re talking about possibly opening some of these sessions to students. We’ve thrown around ideas about a stretch and strength class geared toward this time of shelter in place, a ballet and jazz skills class for larger dancers, and other ideas.  Let us know if you’d be interested, or have an idea of what you’d like to see! We’re limited by the space of our homes and the virtual medium, but we’d still like to see some students’ faces in the studio. Email us at jessica@bigmoves.org or matilda@bigmoves.org for more information.

- In compliance with Shelter in Place, we are not currently accepting donations for Cupcakes and Muffintops. We know that many of you have been cleaning out your closets while you’re at home, and we’re so thrilled you’ve thought of us for your clothes! We’ll be very excited to receive your donations when we are able to do so again.

- We’re all thrown into new situations and managing new challenges right now, so it might take us longer than usual to respond to questions and inquiries. We appreciate your patience and understanding about this- we promise we will get back to you, it just might not be fast!

Thank you and we miss you all.

Don’t miss Cupcakes and Muffintops v11.0 Saturday, August 10th in Oakland, CA!

Back for its 11th year, the fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale, Cupcakes and Muffintops returns to Oakland on August 10th! Are you ready for the Bay Area’s biggest fat fashion extravaganza of the year? 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?

Cupcakes and Muffintops v11.0
A clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small!
All clothing is size large and up, up, and up, plus shoes and accessories!!
Saturday August 10th, 2019
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St.
Oakland, CA
11am-12pm: Early entry to sale for superfat or disabled shoppers and volunteer pre-sale (see details below)**
12pm-4pm: Sale open to general public
$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. Cash and credit cards accepted for clothing purchases. The door and bake sale are cash only. No checks please!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/650053225475159/

All proceeds benefit the programs of Big Moves and Fat Friendly Funders

If you are interested in volunteering at the sale, please email cupcake@bigmoves.org.

**As Cupcakes and Muffintops has grown we know it is has become more difficult for our superfat shoppers and shoppers with certain disabilities to navigate the sale during peak hours. In an effort to help improve access for our superfat and/or disabled community members, we are again running an early entry program this year. Shoppers who are superfat (predominantly wear a size 4X/5X or larger) and/or those who are disabled are invited to come shop starting at 11am during the pre-sale for our volunteers. The sale will open for everyone else at noon, and we ask that if you are not superfat or disabled or an official volunteer that you please wait to come shop until doors open to the general public at noon.

We are no longer accepting donations for this year’s sale as we are completely full. Thank you to everyone who donated!. We cannot accept clothing donations at the sale. We will start accepting donations for the 2020 sale in the fall. Thank you!

Accessibility Information: This event is wheelchair accessible. Accessible ramp in the front of the church on 14th, and the venue has accessible restrooms. While we put the call out for donations of clean clothes, we do not wash them ourselves, and some of the clothes do have pet hair, scented detergents, perfumes/colognes, and/or smoke on them. ***We do request that attendees come scent-free to minimize the impact of fragrance in the space.***

Parking and transit information: The church is on the corner of 14th and Castro in Oakland (entrance on 14th). There is unmetered street parking on Castro, as well as on 15th and 16th between Castro and MLK. There is metered street parking on 14th St. and MLK. There is a loading zone directly in front of the church where people can be dropped off and picked up. The church is four blocks (0.4 miles) from the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART station.

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

Big Moves is the nation’s only service organization dedicated to promoting size diversity in the world of dance, working to get people of all sizes into the dance studio and up on stage!

Thank you for a fantastic weekend of shows!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Covering Our Tracks this past weekend! We had such a fantastic weekend of shows and having such an amazing, enthusiastic audience both days really made our spirits soar!

A HUGE thank you to all our emFATic DANCErs and guest performers who worked so hard and gave so much time and energy to be a part of this weekend and who all performed their hearts out on stage. We love and treasure you all.

And another GIANT thank you to our AMAZING tech crew who made the show look and sound great, while keeping everything moving seamlessly.

And OODLES of thanks to and appreciation for all our volunteers who came out to help make this show a success!

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Open rehearsal with emFATic DANCE is happening Saturday 7/20 from 12:15-1:45pm at The Beat in Berkeley. $15 or FREE with your Covering Our Tracks program (or some other indication you were there. ) Whether you are interested in joining emFATic DANCE or just want to come take class, we welcome you to join us. All the emFATic DANCERs (except the directors) started at an open rehearsal!

Cupcakes and Muffintops 11.0, the clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small is happening Saturday August 10th at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland from 12-4pm.

A Taste for Dance, our annual chocolate tasting and performance showcase, is happening Saturday October 5th at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland at 7pm.

Thank you all see you in the studio or at another event!

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Covering Our Tracks: Curtain Call
Photo by: Lisa J. Ellis

Covering Our Tracks is coming to Oakland 7/6 & 7/7!

Big Moves’ own emFATic DANCE returns in an all-new dance spectacular, Covering Our Tracks, with special guests: Ifasina, ThaHood AlKemist; Tammy Johnson; Chico Suave; Mone’t Ha-Sidi; Tigress and Sarah; JoyBody Crew; and Shapes & Shades Dance Company! The incomparable Juicy D. Light emcees.

Covering Our Tracks
Saturday, July 6th, 2019: doors at 6:30, show at 7:00pm
and Sunday, July 7th, 2019: doors at 1:30, show at 2:00pm
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

(Across the street from Lake Merritt BART)
$15 advance/$20 door
Kids 4-17 $10 at the door, three and under free
CoveringOurTracks.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/416645209067554/

2019 Final Front
Accessibility notes: 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 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 reach the accessible entrance, enter the campus from Fallon St. and enter 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!

Annual FREE Day of Dance happening 4/28/19 in Berkeley!

As part of Bay Area Dance Week, join Big Moves in celebrating all bodies with an afternoon of FREE beginner-friendly classes with the most joyful and body-positive instructors on the block at our annual FREE Day of Dance, Sunday April 28th, 2019 (12-5pm at The Beat in Berkeley, CA)! We’re serving up Belly Dance, Soul Line Dancing, Afro Beat, Lyrical, and Burlesque, and closing it all out with a mini-performance from our own emFATic DANCE. Feel free to drop in and out all day, just be sure to arrive 15 minutes before any class to register. And did we mention it’s FREE?

Day of Dance 2019 Schedule
11:45 Registration begins
12:00-12:30 Welcome and warm-up with Matilda St. John, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
12:30-1:15: Afro Beat with Ifasina, ThaHood AlKemist
1:15-2:00:Soul Line Dance with Michele Germany
2:00-215: BREAK
2:15-3:00pm: Lyrical with Jessica Judd, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
3:00-3:45: Belly Dance with Tammy Johnson
3:45-4:30 Burlesque with Juicy D Light of Rubenesque Burlesque
4:30: emFATic DANCE mini-performance of a work in progress/wrap-up

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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.

Pictured emFATic DANCE, 2018
Photo by Lisa J. Ellis

Announcing Superfat and/or Disabled Shopper Early Entry for Cupcakes and Muffintops!

Announcing Superfat and/or Disabled Shopper Early Entry Pilot Program

As Cupcakes and Muffintops has grown we know it is has become more difficult for our superfat shoppers and shoppers with certain disabilities to navigate the sale during peak hours. In an effort to help improve access for our superfat and/or disabled community members, we are running an early entry pilot program this year. Shoppers who are superfat (predominantly wear a size 4X/5X or larger) and/or those who are disabled are invited to come shop starting at 11am during the pre-sale for our volunteers. The sale will open for everyone else at noon, and we ask that if you are not superfat or disabled or an official volunteer that you please wait to come shop until doors open to the general public at noon.

See you at the sale on Saturday!

Cupcakes and Muffintops v10.0 is happening August 4th in Oakland!

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?

The fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale, Cupcakes and Muffintops returns in August for its TENTH year! Presented jointly by Big Moves and the Fat Friendly Funders, we’re so proud that this bonanza of fat fashion and fellowship is becoming a Bay Area institution.

Cupcakes and Muffintops v10.0
A clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small!
All clothing is size large and up, up, and up, plus shoes and accessories!!
Saturday August 4th, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St.
Oakland, CA
12-4pm
$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. All proceeds benefit the programs of Big Moves and Fat Friendly Funders

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/208835309958426/

Accessibility Information: This event is wheelchair accessible. Accessible ramp in the front of the church on 14th, and the venue has accessible restrooms. While we put the call out for donations of clean clothes, we do not wash them ourselves, and some of the clothes do have pet hair, scented detergents, perfumes/colognes, and/or smoke on them. ***We do request that attendees come scent-free to minimize the impact of fragrance in the space.***

If you are interested in donating your gently used plus-sized clothing and accessories to the sale AND/OR are interested in volunteering at the sale, please email cupcake@bigmoves.org We will be accepting donations through July 25th, so please contact us ahead of that date to schedule a pick-up or drop-off. Thank you!

Parking and transit information: The church is on the corner of 14th and Castro in Oakland (entrance on 14th). There is unmetered street parking on Castro, as well as on 15th and 16th between Castro and MLK. There is metered street parking on 14th St. and MLK. There is a loading zone directly in front of the church where people can be dropped off and picked up. The church is four blocks (0.4 miles) from the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART station.

Check out our blog for updates and photos of what is coming through the sorting room: http://cupcakesandmuffintops.wordpress.com/
Check out our Instagram for some pics of shoppers’ AMAZING finds in previous years’: https://www.instagram.com/bigmoves_bayarea/

We will be accepting cash and credit cards for clothing purchases. The door and bake sale will remain cash only. No checks please!

Don’t miss The Sweet Barre, June 30th-July 1st in Oakland

We are so, so, SO very excited about our all-new dance spectacular, The Sweet Barre, featuring emFATic DANCE and special guests Tammy Johnson, Misia Denéa, Lady Monster, Shapes & Shades Dance Company, Tigress and Sarah, Harlie Holladoll, and Chico Suave! The incomparable Juicy D. Light emcees!  Advance tickets are on sale now and tickets will also be available at the door.  There is something for everyone in this show and we hope that you can join us and bring a friend of three.

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The Sweet Barre
Saturday, June 30th, 2018: doors at 6:30, show at 7:00pm
and Sunday, July 1st, 2018: doors at 1:30, show at 2:00pm
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA
(Across the street from Lake Merritt BART)
$15 advance/$20 door
Tickets available NOW at: https://thesweetbarre.brownpapertickets.com/

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/173583963314664/

 

2018 Dates Are Here!!!

We are pleased to announce our dates for 2018!  We’ve got everything from friendly community events to exquisite performances, so pull out your calendars for all the dates you need this year, then grab your friends and come on out!

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Sunday April 29th, 2018
11:45am-5:00pm
The Beat/Berkeley Performing Arts
2560 9th St. #119, Berkeley CA 94710

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The Sweet Barre
Saturday, June 30th, 2018: doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm
and Sunday, July 1st, 2018: doors open at 1:30pm, show at 2:00pm
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
Laney College
900 Fallon St, Oakland CA 94607
Big Moves’ own emFATic DANCE returns in an all new size-diverse showcase featuring special guests with the incomparable Juicy D. Light as emcee!
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Cupcakes and Muffintops 

Saturday August 4th, 12:00-4:00pm

First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St., Oakland CA 94612
Big Moves and the Fat Friendly Funders present our 10th annual fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale. Most clothing is $7 and under. We’re accepting donations of gently used clothing for people of all genders, size large and up, up, up! Send an email to cupcake@bigmoves.org to schedule a pickup or to volunteer!

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A Taste for Dance
Saturday, October 20th at 7:00pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St., Oakland CA 94612
Our all-ages-friendly chocolate tasting and performance showcase, bringing together tasty treats and exciting dance performances. Audience costumes encouraged!
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