Our annual FREE Day of Dance is happening THIS Sunday, April 24th at The Beat in Berkeley. Check out the schedule below and click here for more information!
Day of Dance 2016 Schedule
11:45- 12:00 Registration
12:00-12:15 Welcome and Intro with Matilda St. John, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
12:15-1:00 All Bodies Centered Soul Line Dance with Ifasina TaMeika L. Clear
1:00-1:45 Belly Dance with Raks Africa, www.yourbodyraks.com
1:45-2:30 Burlesque with Juicy D Light of Rubenesque Burlesque
2:45-3:30 Lyrical with Jessica Judd, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
3:30-4:15 House Jazz with Nafi “Neon Blue” Thompson of Bahiya Movement, www.bahiyamovement.com
4:15-4:30 emFATic DANCE Performance
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. To learn more about emFATic DANCE and Big Moves, go to www.bigmoves.org.
Happy New Year everyone!
We are working on booking our dates for our 2016 events and we will let you know as soon as we know what is happening when. In the meantime, open rehearsals with emFATic DANCE are continuing on the first and third Saturdays of the month, so come on out dance with us! Also, take a look at this video emFATic did for Rainbeau Curves late last year. We had a lot of fun and love how the video turned out.
See you in the studio!
Have you ever wanted to strut your stuff down a runway, but been too intimidated by potentially unfriendly fashion audiences? Do you have some glorious clothes you scored at Cupcakes and Muffintops (any year!)? Now’s your chance to live your dream in A Taste for Dance’s Cupcakes and Muffintops Fatshion show (10/24 in Oakland), where you can soak in the appreciation while spreading the gospel of budget-friendly fatshion!
If you’re the shyer type but would still like to help, consider volunteering for the event! You’ll get in free and help us to beautify the hall with spooky decor, set up and replenish chocolate, and help with cleanup.
Ambiverts are encouraged to do both!
Models and volunteers get into the event free, and most will be able to enjoy the whole show from their posts.
If you would like to model and/or volunteer at A Taste for Dance please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can see in our event listings we have a really busy number of weeks coming up with three weekends of shows in a row. We are really excited about this, but it does mean the open rehearsal schedule has had to be adjusted. The schedule for the coming months is as follows: 9/19, 10/3, 11/7, 11/21. NOTE: NO OPEN REHEARSAL 9/5 or 10/17! Also, if you are interested in joining emFATic DANCE we will be able to accept new members starting 9/19. Hope to dance with you soon!
After a really busy production season the emFATs are taking a week off, so we will not be having open rehearsal on 7/4. Open Rehearsals will resume on 7/18…see you then!
We are so excited we can barely stand it! Fat Reign is THIS Saturday (6/13) and Sunday (6/14) at Laney College in Oakland and the show is looking AMAZING! Be prepared to be moved, entertained, challenged, thrilled, intrigued, excited and more. Do you have your tickets yet? What are you waiting for? Get them NOW so we can see all your beautiful faces in the audience this weekend and so you can experience all that Fat Reign has to offer. Here is a line-up of Fat Reign performers, as well as a sweet preview pic of emFATic DANCE in the Fat Reign dress rehearsal:
emFATic DANCE is the resident company of Big Moves and has been delighting audiences around the Bay Area and beyond since 2001. emFATic DANCE is bringing fourteen dancers and six dances to Fat Reign showcasing high energy jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and live singing!
Raks Africa is Oakland’s award-winning bellydance duo. Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson have been shimmying together at venues across the country since 2006. They also are the co-directors of the Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program for young women ages 13 to 24. raksafrica.com.
Shapes & Shades Dance Company is a brand new contemporary/ hip hop company focused on promoting diversity in dance and they also teach dance and body positivity to youth.
The Tartlettes are a glamour-loving group of gals who aim to pay homage to the 20s and 30s with their synchronized chorus line, dancing historically-accurate routines with charleston, lindy hop, and tap.
Magnoliah Black breaks all boundaries as a dancer, singer, mc and producer by blending modern burlesque with performance art and activism. This quadruple threat got her start with the round and rowdy award winning troupe Rubenesque Burlesque six years ago and continues to shake up the scene with every sashay and sway.
PawsUP! is fatter than your average garage band and queerer than a $3 bill. Between us we play 8 instruments and have 7 pets.
The House of Lordes is a performance collective with members Brock Cocker and Tyrone Peaches. Tyrone Peaches is a down home boy with a lot of sugar in his tank. He has performed with the All Black Drag King Group – Nappy Grooves and as Nefarious Vulvaleen, his Glamazon counterpart. Brock Cocker loves all kinds of people especially those with a little jiggle in the middle and has performed up and down the West Coast.
Sarah and Tigress began dancing together as the fulfillment of a Scorpio pact in 2013. This is their third performance together in the Big Moves show. Follow Sarah at notblueatall.com. Follow Tigress at iofthetigress.com.
The FFE Models represent fat glamour in sizes 14 and up. As representatives of Full Figure Entertainment, they help get the party started at Full Figure Fridays and help spread the word about body love and size acceptance. Check outfacebook.com/ffemodels or follow @effieoakland on Instagram for more information.
Lucia N. Habitions, burlesque performer and long time member of Rubenesque Burlesque, is what you get when you cross growing up in the childrens’ Beauty Pageant circuit, 30+ years of dance and theater training, and an obsession with all things vintage.
Ms. Juicy D. Light is a Fierce, Radical, Fattie Femme. Founder and Artistic Director of Rubenesque Burlesque and Producer of First Friday Follies and Salacious Under-ground, she, as a solo performer and with Rubenesque Burlesque, has traveled all over the country and Canada changing minds and hearts regarding the sensuality and beauty of fat women.
Photo by Lilia Faith
We are getting very excited about our annual FREE Day of Dance coming up on Sunday April 26th, 2015. Here is the day’s schedule. You are free to drop in and out all day, we just ask that you show up 15 minutes prior to the first class you wish to take so you can register and get settled.
Day of Dance 2015 Schedule
11:45- 12:00 Registration
12:00-12:30 Warm up with Matilda St. John, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
12:30-1:15 Belly Dance with Raks Africa (www.yourbodyraks.com)
1:15-2:00 Lyrical with Jessica Judd, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE
2:30-3:15 House Jazz with Nafi Thompson of Bahiya Movement (www.bahiyamovement.com)
3:15-4:00 Burlesque with Juicy D. Light of Rubenesque (www.rubenesqueburlesque.com)
4:00-4:15 emFATic DANCE performance/closing
We’ve been working hard to get our annual events scheduled for 2015 and we are happy report that we have been successful in that mission! Put the following dates on your calendar so you never miss a Big Moves event!
- Sunday April 26th, 2015: Big Moves’ Annual FREE Day of Dance, Noon-5pm, The Beat, 2560 9th St. Berkeley, CA
- Saturday June 13th (8pm) and Sunday June 14th (2pm), 2015: Big Moves Annual BIG SHOW, Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland, CA
- Sunday August 2nd, 2015: Cupcakes and Muffintops: A clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small, Humanist Hall, 411 28th St. Oakland, CA
- Saturday October 24th, 2015: A Taste for Dance: Big Moves’ annual chocolate tasting and performance showcase, First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland, CA
Stay tuned for more details about these and other happenings in 2015. We hope to see you soon!
If you are looking for fun, supportive, body-positive place to dance look no further and join emFATic DANCE in our no-diet talk, non-body shaming, fat positive zone for Open Rehearsal on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of most months. Open rehearsal is an opportunity to learn new dance skills and explore new dance styles in a fat-positive, beginner-focused, class-like format alongside the emFATs you know and love. The dance style will vary but will typically be focused on jazz, lyrical, contemporary. and/or musical theater. All open rehearsals will begin with a jazz/ballet warm-up including some center work and stretching and end with learning an emFATic combination. Open rehearsal is a great place to start if you are interested in performing with Big Moves and/or the place to be if you are just interested in working on some dance fundamentals. Open rehearsals are open to people of all sizes, genders, and skill levels (including beginners). Please wear clothing you are comfortable moving and sweating in, bring dance shoes (jazz, ballet or dance sneakers) if you’ve got them and be ready to MOVE!
Open Rehearsal with emFATic DANCE
First and Third Saturdays of the month
(1/3, 1/17, 2/7, 2/21)
The Beat, 2560 9th Street, Berkeley, CA
$15 drop-in/ $20 for both classes in a month
FREE with your A Taste for Dance Program