Contre-danse (LKT)

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“The bride had her space, where the women quibbled with the girls, [and] there a konter-tants was danced for [the women’s] approval, one which only the Modnitzers knew. This [dance] was already part of the high hand-dances.” [Vilna, Lithuania, 1890s]. Matskevits 1893

"All the girlfriends and acquaintances came and we were happy and danced a lot... At the end, we did also the Contredanse performed in a stately manner. But the Walzer was not really lively.” [Brest-Litovsk, Poland, 1848]. Wengeroff 1913, I, p. 182