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

Facebook event here:

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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
$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:

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 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:
Check out our Instagram for some pics of shoppers’ AMAZING finds in previous years’:

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:

Facebook event page here:


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!

Sunday April 29th, 2018
The Beat/Berkeley Performing Arts
2560 9th St. #119, Berkeley CA 94710


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!
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 to schedule a pickup or to volunteer!


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 .  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!

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