Outfitted in traditional German lederhosen and dirndls, the dance troupe from River Valley Waldorf School in Upper Black Edy will perform a Schuhplattler at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
For those few who don’t know, Schuhplattler is a traditional shoe-slapping celebration that originated in the mountains of Bavaria a thousand years ago. The River Valley version grew out of an after-school German club for kids in third to fifth grade in scool. In their dancing style and costume, the kids follow the best-known European Schuhplattler groups, but they put their own twist on the dance, with lots of slapping, tugging, shoving and acrobatics to keep the audience entertained.
“It is a lively, endearing and whimsical performance that has captivated audiences recently at Tinicum, Easton, the Peace Fair, and Quakertown,” say organizers.
After the dance, the River Valley troupe will offer a free lesson to spectators, who can also earn a Schuhplattler button to impress their friends.
Call (215) 794-5816 for more info.