Bödelen – a fascinating Swiss dance tradition

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Bödelen, also known as “Bedälä” in Central Switzerland, is a traditional couple’s dance in which the dancer beats the beat on the dance floor. During the dance, the dancer turns in a circle with his partner and accompanies the melody of the Ländler music with stamping movements. This fascinating tradition has its origins in the courtship dance, in which a couple meets on the dance floor.

The traditional Swiss dance of Bödelen is performed on various occasions. It can often be found at folk festivals or social evenings in inns, where people come together to celebrate community and cultural ties. The lively tradition is also presented at special Bödeler competitions, where dancers demonstrate their skills and delight the hearts of spectators with their lively and rhythmic dancing.

The Bödelen dance is more than just a performance on the dance floor; it also embodies social interaction and the joy of music and tradition. The passionate movements and exciting atmosphere at Bödelen reflect people’s enthusiasm for keeping their culture alive and passing it on to future generations.

In this day and age, where traditions are sometimes lost or forgotten, it is gratifying to see how Bödelen continues to hold a special place in Swiss culture, bringing people together to celebrate and preserve their roots.

The original cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden are characterized by an above-average number of actively practiced customs and traditions, such as the Naturjuuz, Büchel and Alpine Blessing or Prayer Call.

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