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20 women who shaped the history of dance music

Women have been powering dance music since day one

  • Words: The Black Madonna and Lisa Blanning / Illustration by Patch Keyes
  • 1 September 2015
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Gillian Gilbert

Joining New Order as a keyboardist after the death of Ian Curtis and subsequent end of Joy Division, you can send one-fourth of the thanks for Blue Monday to Gilbert. TBM

Judy Weinstein

Hailing from David Mancuso's legendary Loft and pulling strings for four decades, this co-founder of Def Mix also created one of the first ever record pools, For The Record. Frankie, David, Hector, Satoshi: all roads lead to Judy. TBM

Sharon White

The first woman to ever play the Saint. The only woman to play Paradise Garage. Add in Studio 54, Limelight and a host of other hotspots and you'll see that White is a one woman who's who of American dance history. She was also Billboard's first female reporter. TBM

Psycho-Bitch and Teri Bristol

From Medusa's to their seven year streak at Chicago's Crobar, Teri and Val kicked open the doors for Chicago's women in dance. TBM

 
 
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