Sat 9/29 1-5PM | WORKSHOP | FREE but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you could but still come if you can’t RSVP | INVITE
Walking and Falling: A DJ Workshop and Mentor Program for Women-Identifying and Non-Binary Music Enthusiasts
Walking and Falling will host a free public introductory DJ workshop on Sept. 29. The event will be open to women-identifying and nonbinary music enthusiasts who have an interest in DJing. Participants will be able to learn the basics of DJing in a supportive, hands-on environment. There will also be a small panel discussion to learn more about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of working and expressing within the dance community. Walking and Falling members from Chicago and Columbus will also be joining for the weekend.
Goals of the program:
• Participants will have an externship experience where they will receive instruction, mentorship, and support in DJing in a variety of formats
• Participants will receive ongoing support and mentorship beyond the externship experience; their host will be available for ongoing communication
• Participants will be provided with community support and networking opportunities in the dance music space
• Participants will take their experience back to their communities and “pay it forward” through mentorship, volunteering, advocacy efforts, etc.
Local Western New York participants taking part in the mentorship part of the program have already been selected: Phoebe Allen, Addie Laczkowski, Jennifer Rivera Arena, and Emmalina McElligott. Participants will have private lessons with mentors Alicia Greco (Leesh), Sherri Miller (Mutualism), Lydia Wrobel (Bflo Lydia), and Abbey Madigan Morejon (Ab.Styles). Participants will learn basic skills with turntables, CDJs and laptop setups, beat matching and basics of mixing and EQing.
“Walking and Falling” takes its name from a track title from pioneer electronic music artist Laurie Anderson’s album ‘Big Science’ and works well as a symbol for the type of learning philosophy necessary to grow as an artist – the tightrope balancing act between growing and failing, and how beneficial “falling” can be in the learning process.
The workshop itself is for women and nonbinary folks, but check back here for more information and announcements about a Daisychain Podcast party that night for everyone, as well as a day party the following day. Stay tuned!