Schuhplattler Dance is something we see rather often around here. This time was different, however. Our Schuhplattler group danced a few new dances - and had a couple of new members. And, best of all, I managed to capture some spectacular moments with my camera.
Hence, this post is for all of you who enjoy dancing or watching Schuhplattlers (or 'shoe-slappers) performing a traditional German-style of folk dances popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol. If you take a look at all the photos you'll see it's not all about the stomping, clapping and striking the soles of guys' shoes, thighs and knees with their hands held flat. On the contrary, the girls sure can do some twirling! 🙂
About the Schuhplattler Dance
"The “Schuhplattler” (shoe slapper) is a folk dance which can be traced back to the 11th century in the area of the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps. The majestic beauty of the Alps impresses upon its people the wonders of nature and the people of the Alps tend to hold on to customs taught by their
forefathers. If you look at the Bavarian “tracht” (formal wear) today and compare it with hundreds of years ago, you will find very little change. The traditional dances, music and clothing have been passed down many generations and have often been transplanted to new places where immigrants from Alpine regions have settled.
The Schuhplattler is considered a copy of the behavior of a bird called the Spielhahn, also known as the Auerhahn. During mating time this bird, the “Don Juan” of all birds, dances proudly in circles, flapping his wings while making musical sounds, very much like our waltzes. The Schuhplattler as it developed is the imitation of this flirtation dance."
Note: Photo of "Spielhahn/Auerhahn" bird above - in English that's wild grouse.