Hold onto your lederhosen: Schuhplattler Troupe to dance at Peddler’s Village

Schuhplattler New Hope Free PressOutfitted 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.

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