Othmar Betschart

... from Ibach, Schwyz, is folklorist and a member of the traditional folk costume club there. He dances the Bödälä and was in his day the Tanzschenk  (“dance caller”) at dance events. It was the Tanzschenk who actually led the dance. He also always had several “Tanzschenk” girls at each event and it was his responsibility to „give“ these young ladies as dance partners to the young men who had come alone. Betschart?s uncles, all of them farmers, had a special expression for «getting the adrenalin flowing» or «getting all worked up» (literally “from pitching hay - ghei): «Er chund is Ghei» (he’s coming into form) or «is Ghäu» (He’s excited). Whenever a young man danced with a girl, got „carried away“ and wanted to show what a super guy he was, his expanded version of the Bödälä («is Gäu cho“) became known as «gäuerlen». Othmar Betschart has written numerous articles about how Bödälä/Gäuerlen came into existence.

Othmar Betschart
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