Keep calling.  My experience has been that techo music has plenty of 
beat and no phrasing.  So dancers don't know when to stop the current 
figure and start the next one.  Some figures like circles, stars and 
lines forward and back have a kind of natural timing so dances with 
those figures work well.  Some other figures such as heys, chains and 
swings are less well defined as far as timing goes, and dancers tend to 
rush heys and chains and go long on swings.  So the dancers will all 
take different amount of time for them.  This means that if you stop 
calling the various parts of the lines will start to diverge in where 
they are in the dance and soon there will be parts of the room dancing 
the A1 part while others places in the room they are dancing the A2 or 
even B1 part.  I think swings may be the biggest issue.  Everyone likes 
to swing and many dancers will go long on each swing, but they'll all go 
long by a different amount.

    Choose dances with figures that have really well-defined timing and 
don't stop calling and you will be OK.  You may be able to reduce the 
amount of calling, but you will probably need to say something from time 
to time to re-synchronize the dancers.


On 3/28/2019 4:13 PM, Maia McCormick via Callers wrote:
> Hey folks,
> I haven't called all that many techno contras, and I'm slated to do so 
> this weekend. Any tips or things to keep in mind about how techno 
> differs from your standard contra evening? (Particularly curious about 
> anything relating to dance choice and dance length.)
> Cheers,
> Maia

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