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 .  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:

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!

Cupcakes and Muffintops v5.0 is coming your way!

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.

En Masse was FANTASTIC! Thank you!

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.

En Masse this weekend…tickets and accessibility info!

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: 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.


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