Naysayers claim being a DJ takes no skill, but if all you've got in your arsenal's an ill-timed spin of "September", you'll just end up getting Earth, Wind, and Fired. Teaching what you need to keep the party live, Dub Academy. Founded by an Austin reggae elder statesman and a transplanted West coast club wheels-of-steeler, Dub's a full-curriculum DJ school run out of a graffiti-tagged studio with high ceilings, hardwood floors, couches for spectators, 6 custom-built turntable workstations, and a projector allowing students to monitor what their instructor's doing on the decks (hopefully not pounding whiskey and flirting with sloppy groupies).
Matriculation starts with DJing 101, an 8-hour, 2-week program teaching the workings of high-end pro equipment (Technic 1210MG5 turntable, Rane 56S mixer) and vinyl-manipulating building blocks including mixing theory, basic beat matching, and fundamental wikawika techniques like forward, backwards, and baby scratches -- don't mess up their needles or you're in trouble for Shure.
Upon graduation from poserville, 102, 103, and 104 will divulge advanced knowledge like beat juggling, crab scratching, and the inner workings of Serato Scratch Live (digital DJing's industry standard), plus they'll help you record a demo to hand over to da clubs, or to Billy Wasserstein, who as a man of 13 no longer has to put up with trainwrecking hacks
If you dream of making your own dope jams, this summer Dub will also host production lessons and tutorials on software like Ableton Live, Reason, and Logic -- which if your skills haven't improved by September will dictate that you abandon your DJ dreams, and just Earth, Wind, and Hire somebody else.