The Schuhplattler is a Bavarian folk dance. Many towns in Bavaria have different styles of schuhplattling, which consists of a series of slaps to the thighs and feet, which are done to the beat of the music.
The Miami Schuhplattler group was started in 1958 by Otto Stoll and his wife Fanny. Both were members of the G.A.S.C., in Miami. Otto was a Schuhplattler from Liengries, Bavaria.
Aiming at keeping the German culture and traditions of the Auerhahn Schuhplattlers alive, Otto and Fanny started schuhplattling with Hans and Trudl Fleckenstein, practicing in each others homes. After Otto's retirement, Hans became the Vorplattler ( lead dancer ), and "The Original Auerhahn Schuhplattler" came into being.
The Dancers practice Wednesday night at the Clubhouse, and perform at Oktoberfest and many other events at the Club.
Auerhahn Schuhplatter Practices
They also perform for other organizations throughout Florida, under the direction of Andre von Bloedau phone number (305)431-6571.