Sholem-tants (LKT)

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“These dances--the beroygez dance (beroyges tants) and the shalom dance (sholem tants)--were intended for women that were in a perpetual state of quarrel... After the meal the klezmorim begin with their melodies and first of all the traditional dances: ‘the beroygez dance’ (beroyges tants) and the ‘the shalom dance’ (sholem tants) or as it is also called ‘shemene tants’... And there are in the shalom dance (the shemene) the changes in the the movements and thus movements of friendship, love... all accompanied by the melody.” [Ritova, Lithuania, c. 1910s-20s]. Grod 1947, pp. 165-68. (Musical notation included).