Gaye got started calling techno at Terpsichore's at the behest of her daughter, Rachel Fifer. As Gaye explains, "we often have a 'late night' activity, and there is a solid group of young people who were interested in techno.... The first year, Rachel provided the music. Last year, Jeremiah Seligman [a.k.a. dJ improper] (from the DC area) provided the music. I spent some time listening to the music and figuring out how many 'potatoes' I would have "
In light of some of the recent controversy over where crossover/techno contras belong in the tradition, I asked Gaye for her thoughts: "I don't see techno replacing or or competing with traditional contra, but I think it does draw a younger crowd into enjoying the movement of contra. I don't see young dancers choosing techno over [traditional] contra, but appreciating the possibility of both."
Gaye Fifer calls contra and teaches waltz with Wayne Albright. She is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Many thanks to her for answering my questions!