November 4, 2018

Schuhplattler Dance Best Moments

Schuhplattler dance - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Schuhplattler Dance is something we see rather often around here. This time was different, however. Our Schuhplattler group danced a few new dances - and had a couple of new members. And, best of all, I managed to capture some spectacular moments with my camera.

Hence, this post is for all of you who enjoy dancing or watching Schuhplattlers (or 'shoe-slappers) performing a traditional German-style of folk dances popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol. If you take a look at all the photos you'll see it's not all about the  stomping, clapping and striking the soles of guys' shoes, thighs and knees with their hands held flat. On the contrary, the girls sure can do some twirling! 🙂

Schuhplattlers coming in for their first dance - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers at 2018 Oktoberfest - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers at German American Club Pinellas Park - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers at German American Friendship Society of Pinellas County - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler Dance - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers at Oktoberfest - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler Dance 2018 - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler dance under the tent - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler goat jump - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler traditional dance - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattlers dancing - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Traditional German folk dancers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Shoe-slappers folk dancers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
German folk dancers Pinellas Park - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Pinellas Park Schuhplattlers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
German Club Schuhplattlers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
German American Society Schuhplattlers - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Schuhplattler Dance and jumping - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

About the Schuhplattler Dance

"The “Schuhplattler” (shoe slapper) is a folk dance which can be traced back to the 11th century in the area of the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps. The majestic beauty of the Alps impresses upon its people the wonders of nature and the people of the Alps tend to hold on to customs taught by their
forefathers. If you look at the Bavarian “tracht” (formal wear) today and compare it with hundreds of years ago, you will find very little change. The traditional dances, music and clothing have been passed down many generations and have often been transplanted to new places where immigrants from Alpine regions have settled.

The Schuhplattler is considered a copy of the behavior of a bird called the Spielhahn, also known as the Auerhahn. During mating time this bird, the “Don Juan” of all birds, dances proudly in circles,auerhahn flapping his wings while making musical sounds, very much like our waltzes. The Schuhplattler as it developed is the imitation of this flirtation dance."
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Note: Photo of "Spielhahn/Auerhahn" bird above - in English that's wild grouse.


Daria

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