Summer Shake Up
Ballroom joined forces with Summer Shake Up, offered by Marfa Independent School District (ISD) in collaboration with other community partner organizations. The summer camp was free with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. Students grades five through eight were invited to participate.
For 2016’s 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 experiment 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.
DJ Big Face
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 Camp is made possible by the generous support of Brown Foundation, Inc, Houston; National Endowment for the Arts; Permian Basin Area Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa Members.
Special thanks to DJ Big Face, The Capri, Nalu Gruschkus, Virginia Lebermann, Marfa Independent School District, Marfa Recording Company, Willa McDonald, Planet Marfa, Andrew Peters, Sarah Vasquez, The Windmill Retreat, and the parents and students of Marfa.