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 refers 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.
“‘The Thief’s Dance’ (‘Der gazlen tants’)... After the meal they performed dances, as usual, and one of them was ‘the thief dance,’ that two men danced...” [Ushats (Lubavitch Hassidic shtetl), Vitbsk province, 1887)]. Fridhaber 1960, p. 29.