Kale-tants (LKT)

This entry is part of the Lexicon of Klezmer Terminology (LKT). The LKT compiles a wide array of source materials that shed light on the historical and contemporary state of knowledge about klezmer music. Each entry includes a number of citations from primary and secondary sources that include or refer to the term in question. It also indicates whether musical notation or sound recordings are included in the source. By clicking on the bibliographic hyperlink at the end of each citation, you get the full reference.


“In the shtetl Linsk a band of ‘klezmorim’ were invited from outside the shtetl and their performance fees... also included the playing of the bride’s dance, the ‘kale-tants,’ a dance that every young woman attending the wedding would dance with the bride... This event was arranged before the seating of the bride.” Fridhaber 1978b, p. 28