Organizing 40 teenage girls is not usually made easier by loud rock music.
But on a recent afternoon at Billings Middle School in Green Lake, Dani Chang, director of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls (RCRC), makes it work in her favor. Standing onstage in a yellow T-shirt graffitied with Sharpie, she is prepping rock campers to rehearse for their showcase the next day.
“You are the audience as well, so act how you want others to act when you are onstage,” she says.
A few times, a girl misses a beat or hits the wrong chord or forgets a lyric. At rock camp, apologizing for mistakes is not allowed. Girls can only say, “I rock,” and keep playing. Each time a girl forgets the rule and starts to apologize, the girls in the audience sincerely yell that she rocks.