Pas de quatre (LKT)

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“There are also ‘cosmopolitan repertoire’ couple dances of Western and Central European origin’ such as lances, pa de span, padekater, quadrille, polka, waltz, etc...played for both Jews and non-Jews.” Feldman 1994, p. 10

“I still remember well from my childhood dances that were ‘modern’ such as pas d’espagne, pas de quatre... These dances were only popular among the younger generation.” Stutschewsky 1959, p. 169, n. 58