slapping dance

World Music Exploration - Traditional German Music

As November draws to a close, my students and I shift our focus to Germany. This week, we are looking at traditional dance music.

This is a Schuhplattler,traditional slapping dance that is Austrian in origin.

It would appear that it is a courtship dance of sorts, where the guys "fight" each other for a girl's affections. There used to be no rhyme or reason to the jumping and slapping but now there are set steps. It's in 3/4 time.

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