The Schuhplattler is a style of dancing that originated in the mountains of southern Germany, Austria and northern Italy more than a thousand years ago.

Die Jungen Wimberger,
St. Peter am Wimberg, Austria

 In the Schuhplattler, the dancers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their shoes (Schuhe), thighs and knees with their hands held flat (platt).


There are more than 150 basic Schuhplattlers, as well as marches and acrobatic 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 Trachtenverein
Obermaiselstein, Germany

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.

Schuhplattler Tramin,
South Tyrol, Italy

Schuhplattler Kids at the Gauder Fest
in Zell im Zillertal, Austria

Schuhplattler Kids


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