Schuhplattler is a style of dancing that originated in the mountains
of southern Germany, Austria and northern Italy more than a thousand years ago.
the Schuhplattler, the dancers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their
shoes (Schuhe), thighs and knees with their hands held flat (platt).
Die Jungen Wimberger,
St. Peter am Wimberg, Austria
There are more than 150 basic Schuhplattlers, as well as marches and
feats that are often interspersed with the basic dance in performance.
River Valley Schuhplattler,
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Most Schuhplattler groups in Europe and America
have a children's component, but there are also a growing number of
Schuhplattler clubs just for kids.
Schüler of the
The dance is uniquely suited to the
interests and abilities of young people, with its colorful costumes and its
bouncing, leaping, stamping and choreographed horseplay to lively music in three-quarter time.
South Tyrol, Italy
Schuhplattler Kids at the Gauder Fest
in Zell im Zillertal, Austria