Waddle dance

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The Watschentanz , Watschenplattler or Watschinger is an art dance. It borrows from figures and elements of the traditional Bavarian Schuhplattler ( “Reit-im-Winkler-Plattler” ), but is not a traditional Bavarian dance. The dance partners pretend by clapping that they are slapping each other (Bavarian: Watschen ).

According to the folklore researcher Karl Horak , two members of the Taubenberger Mountain Costume Conservation Association in Holzkirchen developed the Watschenplattler to entertain summer visitors and performed it publicly for the first time in Bad Reichenhall in 1907 . Some Plattler groups took it over into their repertoire in the 1950s because it was repeatedly requested by tourists as a typical Bavarian dance.

The Watschenplattler was often shown in home movies of the 1950s and 1960s. In the wedding scene of the film The Merry Pilgrimage , he was even portrayed by children. It is still shown today at popular music events .

The Watschenplattler thus became a symbol of the so-called “Deppenbayerntum”, in which Bavaria is cliché portrayed as backward, coarse and bellicose. Some costume associations forbade their member clubs to perform the dance in public.


  • Franz Hegenbart: Let's go, the book about Schuhplatteln . Bayerland, Dachau 1990, ISBN 3-89251-078-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. The history of the traditional costume clubs from 1945-1982 . Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved December 27, 2008.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.helmut-zenz.de