LANDLER- AUSTRIA

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LANDLER DANCE, AUSTRIA

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Performed mainly by “couples” is a dance style belonging to Europe known as Landler. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Austria and is extremely popular in regions such as South Germany, German Switzerland, and Slovenia. This dance style essentially comprises of body movements such as “hopping and stamping”. Furthermore, this dance too like the waltz is performed in the ¾ time signature. In addition, the music used in this dance form is basically instrumental although at times vocals may also be used.

a. History/origin of the Landler:

It was during the 19th century that this dance is said to have been developed in Austria. Apparently, it was the gradual rise of dance halls in Austria as well as all as across Europe that encouraged the development of this dance style named Landler. Furthermore, waltz is said to have evolved from this form of dancing.

b. Costumes used in the Landler:

“Traditional Austrian dance costumes” are used in this dance form, and varies according to the gender. They are as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn includes leather shorts known as “Lederhosen”, white open neck shirt, white stockings, and a pair of black shoes.

2. For females:

The attire worn includes a skirt, white cotton petticoat known as “dirndl”, stockings, and a pair of black shoes.

c. Music involved in the Landler:

The musical instrument traditionally used in this dance style is the “zither”, a stringed instrument. Furthermore, nowadays an accordion is mainly used as an instrument.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Landler:

In terms of technique, this dance style basically involves the use of “hopping and stamping”. Furthermore, this dance is considered to be far more elegant and quicker as compared to the waltz. As for training centers/schools, there are none available since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in countries like Austria and Germany.

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