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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!

Very sad news about former dancer

It is with heavy hearts that we deliver the news that former Big Moves/emFATic DANCE member, Cindy Cutts, died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 5th.  We are devastated and heartbroken beyond words.  Cindy danced and sang with Big Moves from ~2007-2014, was instrumental in production for many years (producing shows, organizing, costuming, contributing graphic design, and making us amateur vocalists sound good with her sound mixing), and was one of the original organizers of the Cupcakes and Muffintops clothing and bake sale. Although she moved out of the area a couple of years ago, she remained and will always be family. Cindy was an incredible performer, a meticulous crafter and designer, and a phenomenal human being with a tremendous heart. She was incredibly charming and tough as hell, and we were lucky to have known her and to have laughed at her deadpan quips. Our hearts go out to her husband Matt and the rest of her family.

***Big Moves is planning a Bay Area memorial for Cindy. Please stay tuned here for more information.***


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Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone!  We are really excited about 2018 and are working very hard to get all our dates set for this year.  Once we have our contracts signed and everything in place we will be announcing the dates for our big events (Day of Day, the big show, Cupcakes and Muffintops, and A Taste for Dance) so be ready with your calendars!  In the meantime, we are holding open rehearsals  with emFATic DANCE the first and third Saturdays of each month and we are actively taking new emFATic DANCE members through the end of March.  If you are interested in joining emFATic DANCE just come to an open rehearsal and we will talk, or you can email us at info@bigmoves.org .  You can also come to open rehearsal to simply take class and learn new dance skills.  Either way, we’d love to dance with you.   Hope to see you soon, and be sure to check back here for all your 2018 Big Moves dates!

Don’t miss Cupcakes and Muffintops 9.0, happening 8/5 in Oakland, CA

If you are within driving distance of the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for great deals on clothes, shoes, and accessories with a hearty side of fat fellowship, come on out to Cupcakes and Muffintops, the clothing and bake sale where only the prices are small, happening Saturday August 5th at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland in Oakland, CA. Proceeds benefit Big Moves and Fat Friendly Funders. More information at the event link here, on the Facebook event page here, and also on our blog here .  We cannot wait and hope to see you there!

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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 5th, 2017
NOTE SAME LOCATION AS LAST YEAR!
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

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.***

Big Dance, Big Dreams coming to Laney College in Oakland July 8th and 9th!

Our ALL NEW show, Big Dance, Big Dreams,2017 Show Card Front FINAL.05302017.626a is here!  Get your tickets NOW and don’t miss out.  Details below.
Big Dance, Big Dreams
Saturday July 8th 7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Sunday July 9th 2pm (doors at 1:30pm)
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA
(Across the street from Lake Merritt BART)
$15 advance/$20 door
Tickets available NOW at:
http://bigdancebigdreams.brownpapertickets.com/ 

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1905614099686006/ Join the event, invite your friends, and share widely!

Big Moves’ own emFATic DANCE returns in an all-new dance spectacular with special guests Bahiya Movement, Shapes & Shades Dance Company, Tammy Johnson of Raks Africa, Sarah and Tigress, Lady Monster, Congregation of Liberation, Tyrone Peaches and Friends, Misia Denéa, Magnoliah Black, and more! The incomparable Juicy D. Light emcees!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!

Call for Models and Volunteers for A Taste for Dance!

Call for Models and Volunteers for A Taste for Dance

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, 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 matilda@bigmoves.org.

A Taste for Dance is Saturday October 22nd, 2016 at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

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
NOTE NEW LOCATION!!!!
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

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 cupcake@bigmoves.org 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: http://cupcakesandmuffintops.wordpress.com/

To volunteer to work of the sale or to bake send us an email at cupcake@bigmoves.org

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 http://intheround.brownpapertickets.com/.  See you there!

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In The Round

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

University Theatre at CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Hayward, CA
PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!!!!

Tickets $15/advance; $20door
http://intheround.brownpapertickets.com/

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
 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
2:30-2:45 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, 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 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!

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