Schuhplattler, also called "Plattler", folk dance from Alpine regions and southern Germany, danced in ¾ time, originally a courting dance, danced by individual pairs. The boy dances around the girl, rhythmically hitting mainly his thighs, calves and soles and performing various jumps and turns in time to the music (laendler). Since the end of the 19th century also a group dance in standardised form; has undergone various changes in the music and choreography (often only danced by men).
Literature#K. Horak, Schuhplattler aus Tirol, 1980; F. Hegenbarth, Auf geht´s. Das Buch uebers Schuhplatteln., 1990.