FBi’s Dance Class

FBi's Dance Class 2016

FBi is passionate about seeing more women take charge in the music industry, so we developed FBi’s Dance Class: a comprehensive DJ training and mentoring initiative for female dance music lovers. It’s a unique program to discover, train and mentor a new crop of talent.

Trainees participate in a series of masterclasses delivered by FBi Radio presenters and alumni, including DJs Andy Garvey (Sunset with Future Classic DJs), Adi Toohey (Sunset) and Kali (Picnic on FBi Click), and FBi’s Program Director Caroline Gates. Then we pair the trainees up with an FBi mentor, who they will join on air for a month before taking charge of their own show – the Dance Class residency on FBi Click. Dance music needs a dancefloor, so we’ll organise debut gigs for all the trainees to show off their new skills!

In its first year, FBi’s Dance Class successfully launched the careers of five new DJs: SPORTS, Mirã Bõru, Genie, Lauren Hansom and Ellie Locke. In 2016, we have a new crew…



Ebony Boadu

Favourite labels: G.O.O.D. Music, OVO, Roc Nation, Def Jam, Top Dawg Entertainment.

Ebony loves new school hiphop, RnBass and Afrobeat, and considers her tastes to be pretty eclectic. She was raised on African music and reggae by her parents, but was also influenced by older siblings listening to indie rock and pop. Ebony is looking forward to being mentored by dope DJs and being part of a cultural change where female DJs are not only respected for what they do, but are also the norm. She is in her final year of a journalism degree at UTS, and co-runs online blog izmzmag and monthly party night GIRLS at Plan B Small Club.

Ella Haines

Favourite labels: Fool’s Gold, October Records, Fade To Mind, Pieater, Astral People, NLV Records.

Ella loves to create mixes that express and encourage gender fluidity. She believes that music is key to creating a more free and accepting world. Ella hopes to be part of a growing community of female artists making a mark on the Australian music industry. On the side, she has her own jewellery label, ELLA MAXIMILLION.

Elizabeth Gale

Favourite labels: Trekkie Trax, Sidechains, Fright House, NLV Records, Fool’s Gold.

El knew she didn’t just want to be a consumer of electronic music as she started exploring the Sydney music scene and became immersed in the buzzing Sidechains community. She hopes to contribute a culture that appreciates the talent of female DJs and the potential for music to make us more connected as a society. El is currently studying Fine Arts at UNSW.

Holly O’Neill

Favourite labels: PC Music, Club Aerobics, NLV Records, Sidechains, Activia Benz.

Holly characterises her music taste as anything that’s interesting, great to dance to and unapologetically fun. Holly is looking forward to cracking into an industry traditionally dominated by men, while connecting with other music lovers and fostering new friendships and projects.

Katrina Stevens

Favourite labels: Nachtstrom Schallplatten, Boysnoize Records, Life and Death, Code is Law, Delsin Records.

Katrina is into techno music that’s dark, fast and hypnotic. The kind that evokes emotion and makes you want to dance. She hopes to expose this sound to more women and hopefully motivate them to join the scene. Katrina’s also a graphic designer and hails from Ukraine.


Debut mixes

Meet GiRLIRL: FBi's Dance Class 2016 Trainees

As their name suggests, DJ duo GiRLIRL united over a hyper-internet aesthetic that bleeds into their sound. Meet ♀ venus ♀ and ZEFGIRLCLUB (aka Holly & El) and hear their thumping debut mix together.

Meet Ebony Boadu: FBi's Dance Class 2016 Trainee

"Whenever I DJ, I try to visualise myself on the dance floor." Meet Ebony Boadu, the hip-hop and grime DJ who is about to graduate from FBi's 2016 Dance Class.

Meet Katia: FBi's Dance Class 2016 trainee

"I want to hear more techno in Sydney - especially the harder, faster kind." Listen to the debut mix from Katia, one of FBi's Dance Class trainees for 2016, and find out what's driving this passionate young DJ.

Tips from the mentors

DJ Club Etiquette with FlexMami - FBi's Dance Class Tip #3

How do you get booked as a DJ? Not just once, but again and again? FlexMami drops some knowledge on good club etiquette. Learn tips on how to structure your DJ set, self-promote and establish a strong persona.

How to start crate digging with Adi Toohey - FBi's Dance Class Tip #2

Record stores can be scary places, but usually they're not trying to be! FBi's Dance Class mentor Adi Toohey shares her tips on how to start crate digging.

How to prep for a DJ gig with Andy Garvey - FBi's Dance Class Tip #1

Learn pro tips alongside our 2016 Dance Class trainees! Here's Andy Garvey on how to prepare for a DJ gig - from selecting records to packing a bag with things you probably hadn't thought of.

Meet the class of 2015

FBi's Dance Class 2015: Ellie Locke video

Multi-talented Ellie Locke has surrounded herself with music all her life - from school choir to street busking and learning guitar and clarinet.

FBi's Dance Class: SPORTS (Madeleine Carr)

Madeleine Carr - aka SPORTS - is a ball of energy, behind the mic and on the decks. She's just graduated from FBi's Dance Class

FBi's Dance Class 2015: Genie (aka Genevieve Collier)

This is Genie: one of the smart, passionate & talented ladies we've mentored through FBi's Dance Class supported by V MoVement.

FBi's Dance Class 2015: Mirã Bõru (Tess Nicolaou)

See what Tess Nicolaou has learned as a graduate from FBi's Dance Class, our DJ training and mentorship program for young women.