Summer Shake Up
Javier “DJ Bigface” Arredondo
Ballroom Marfa presented the inaugural DJ Camp, an opportunity for area youth to acquire essential, lifelong party-rocking skills on the ones and twos, the dance floor, in music theory and flyer design and beyond. The summer camp was free with breakfast and lunch provided. Students grades five through eight were invited to participate.
Ballroom Marfa worked with Javier “DJ Bigface” Arredondo to organize and lead the classes. With over two decades of experience, DJ Bigface is also one of the creative forces behind DJ Dojo in Austin, where he’s taught for over four years.
This five-day program was a hands-on experience, with students learning directly on DJ equipment. Students experimented with mixing songs and sampling music, while DJ Bigface highlighted other creative aspects of DJ culture, such as dance and art.
During the week, participants also created DJ personas and designed posters for display at the final event, a special performance by the student DJs at the CapriThe performance was free and open to the community.
Support for this project provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Poster artwork donated by Jess Rotter. Special thanks to camp organizer Susannah Lipsey for all of her time and efforts, as well as Pat Quin and Thomas Schmidt of Q Café for assisting with the snacks at the student performance.