Summer Shake Up
In 2015 we joined forces with Summer Shake Up, offered by Marfa Independent School District (MISD) in collaboration with other community partner organizations. The summer camp was free with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. All students were invited to participate.
For our sixth annual DJ Camp, DJ Bigface returned to the Big Bend to offer essential guidance in real-live party-rocking skills. Students learned directly on DJ equipment and experimented with mixing songs and sampling music. The classes were designed to engage the imagination of students from all musical backgrounds, and throughout the week DJ Bigface highlighted other aspects of DJ culture, such as dance and visual art. While getting practical experience on the equipment was a core component of the camp, Bigface also presented DJing as an art form with a rich culture and history, with portions of each class covering the history of the DJ and basic music theory.
Classes took place over the course of four days and the camp concluded with a free public performance by the student DJs at Padre’s Marfa on Friday, July 3.
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.
Generous support for Ballroom Marfa’s Education & Outreach programs is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts and Ballroom Marfa members.
Special thanks to Oscar Aguero, DJ Bigface, Kaki Aufdengarten-Scott, the Chinati Foundation, Nick Cooper, JD DiFabbio, Faith Gay, Hannah Gentiles, Meghan Gerety, Virginia Lebermann, Ian Lewis, Marfa Recording Company, Alex Marks, Ann Marie Nafziger, Padre’s Marfa, Andy Peters, Michael Roch, the Thunderbird Hotel, Coach Amy White, and the parents & students of Marfa.