Thank you to this year’s participating organizations and individuals who volunteered their time toward making the Camp happen, and the biggest thank you to all the students and families who joined us!
For this year’s DJ Camp, Ballroom Marfa is joining forces with Summer Shake Up, offered by Marfa ISD in collaboration with other community partner organizations. This summer program will be fully online and available through our DJ Camp Drive and here on the MISD Summer Shake Up website.
In this new online iteration of DJ Camp, students will learn music sampling and mixing skills through instructional videos by DJ Bigface and DJ Dada from Austin, Texas. The online resources for DJ Camp this year will include a digital music library and a collaborative playlist of emerging DJ’s from Chihuahuan Desert and beyond. The classes are designed to engage the imagination of students from all musical backgrounds, while gaining practical experience with music technology. Bigface and Dada will present DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of DJ culture, music collectives, and basic music theory.
Beyond Summer Shake Up, DJ Camp will aim to expand nationwide, making all of the resources available to any kid that wants to join! In these trying times, music can connect us and keep us together.
DJ Bigface served as the teacher at the inaugural Ballroom DJ Camp in 2010, sharing the knowledge he’s gained through years as a music educator at Austin’s DJ Dojo. Bigface is also known for ambitious parties helmed by DJs and funk bands, and featuring breakdancers, “fire tamers” and acrobats.
DJ Dada is a member of the Austin Chapter of the Chulita Vinyl Club. CVC is made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, LGBTQ+ and self-identifying people of color. CVC launched in 2014, with the context of providing a safe space for empowerment, togetherness and to utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the erasure of culture.