Schuhplatteln is an athletic form of dance originating in Bavaria and Austria.  Translated, it means "shoe slapping".  Some of the movements of the men, or "Plattler", are originally inspired by the courting displays of the males of several wild animals of the alpine area, such as the Auerhahn (mountain grouse),

and Gamsbock (mountain goat), 

as these show off for each other, and try to catch the attention of the fairer sex. In Schuhplattling, the ladies, or "Dirndln" spin around the men, in time with the music, trying also, to catch their attention in return.  Combined with traditional alpine costumes and music, it makes for a lot of fun for the performers and a great show for the audience!


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