Cupcakes and Muffintops 8.0 is coming to Oakland, CA on Saturday, 8/13!

Back for the 8th year! Cupcakes and Muffiintops, The fat-friendly, gender-inclusive clothing and bake sale returns in August. 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.

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A clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small!
Saturday August 13th, 2016
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St.
Oakland, CA
$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

We are accepting clothing donations in sizes L and up! If you are interested in donating clothing to the sale it must be IN OUR HANDS by Wednesday, August, 3rd. We cannot accept donations after this date. If you wish to donate, please send an email to ASAP and we will be in touch shortly about arranging a pick up or drop off. Thank you! We cannot accept clothing donations at the door. 

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:

To volunteer to work of the sale or to bake send us an email at

Accessibility Information: This event is wheelchair accessible. Accessible ramp in the front of the church on 14th, and the venue has accessible restrooms. There is street parking and the venue is ~1/2 mile from the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART.

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.

Get your tickets to In The Round, June 4th and 5th at CSU East Bay!

Tickets are on sale NOW for our all-new size-diverse dance spectacular In The Round  featuring emFATic DANCE and special guests Bahiya Movement and Mkali Movement, Girls Raks, Shapes & Shades Dance Company, Brock Cocker, Sarah and Tigress, Lady Monster, The Full Figure Entertainment Models, The Embodiment with Ifasina, House of Lordes, and Magnoliah Black with the incomparable Juicy D. Light as emcee! Happening June 4th and 5th at the University Theatre at CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA, we are excited to announce that show proceeds will benefit benefit Girl Raks and Mkali Movement, the youth programs of Raks Africa and Bahiya Movement.  Advance tickets are available at  See you there!

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In The Round

Saturday June 4th, 2016 7pm
(doors at 6:30pm)
Sunday June 5th, 2016 2:00pm
(doors at 1:30pm)

University Theatre at CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Hayward, CA

Tickets $15/advance; $20door

Day of Dance 2016 Schedule

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
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,
1:45-2:30 Burlesque with Juicy D Light of Rubenesque Burlesque
2:30-2:45 Break
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,
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


Happy New Year from Big Moves

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!

Call for models and volunteers for A Taste for Dance 10/24 in Oakland, CA

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

Next Open Rehearsal 9/19

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!


Fat Reign THIS WEEKEND (6/13-6/14) in Oakland!

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.

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 Follow Tigress at

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 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

Day of Dance 2015 Schedule

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 (

1:15-2:00 Lyrical with Jessica Judd, Co-Artistic Director of emFATic DANCE

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:15 House Jazz with Nafi Thompson of Bahiya Movement (

3:15-4:00 Burlesque with Juicy D. Light of Rubenesque (

4:00-4:15 emFATic DANCE performance/closing


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