Kids in Europe and around the world performing the Schuhplattler and folk music from Bavaria & Tyrol
Jungen Wimberger, St. Peter am Wimberg, Austria
River Valley Schuhplattler, Pennsylvania, USA
Trachtenverein Obermaiselstein, Germany
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. In the Schuh- plattler, 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.
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. 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
Gamsgebirgler Schuhplattler, Schleching, Bavaria
Gauder Fest in Zell im Zillertal, Austria
Dolomite Mountains, South Tyrol