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|Bandltanz / The Maypole Dance
This is the traditional dance of the first of May, and represents
a celebration of the arrival of Spring. The men and women dance around
a finely decorated May pole (Maibaum), wrapping intertwined
red and white ribbons around the pole as they go.
|Bankltanz / The Bench Dance
The men do their best to imitate the wild mountain goat in this exhausting
|Handklatscherer / Hand Slapper
This dance is known by some of the men as the Turboplattler,
because of its complex (and sometimes very fast) slapping.
|Holzhackertanz / The Wood Chopper’s
Definitely one of the most famous of the schuhplattler dances, the
Holzhacker is performed with between 4 and 6 men, alternately chopping
and sawing into a massive log, and slapping their legs around the
|Mader / The Courting Dance
A couples dance in which the men try to woo the women with affection
and signs of their dexterity and strength. The mischievious men will
occasionally lift the girl’s dirndl hem while she is spinning!
|Miners / The Salt Miner Dance
A dance which harks back to the period when salt mining was done in
low, narrow caves. The men travel forward, each armed with a lantern
to light his way. They stop only to chip away at the rocks in search
of salt, and to warm up by schuhplattling.
|Mühlradl / The Miller’s Dance
This dance imitates the actions of the workers in the flour mill,
as they grind, stomp and mix the grains into flour. The movements
of this dance are quite complex, and the ladies of the group certainly
have an opportunity to test their strength, as the included picture
Complete with half and full “Bernds“
|Neu Bayrisch / The New Bavarian|
|Reit im Winkel|
|Sensen-Weissbacker / The Scythe Dance
The men are hard at work cutting wheat in the fields, taking only
time to sharpen their blades…and plattl!
A folk dance done with sticks.
|Watschentanz / Jealousy Dance
Three men fight over the affections of a beautiful young Madel!
Dance performed by the men, around the big ol’ beer barrel.