Put on your dancing shoes! The Germania Society Schuhplattler und Trachten Verien (Germania STV) was formed in 1987 and performs traditional German dances at events and festivals throughout the year.
The Germania Schuhplattlers, or “shoe clappers,” are well-known folk dancers in the Greater Cincinnati area. Their jumping, slapping, and spinning high energy Bavarian folk dances are amazing to watch and extremely entertaining.
The dancers wear traditional Bavarian costumes, many imported directly from Germany. The girls wear a flowing dress that is perfect for spinning called a Dirndl while the boys wear a custom-made Lederhosen (leather pants), a belt, a hat with Gamsbart (ornamental hat feather), wool socks, and, in some cases, a hunting knife in the side pockets.
The group is often invited to perform at local events throughout the Cincinnati area including Bockfest, Kolping’s Schützenfest, Donauschwaben’s Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest Zincinnati, and, of course, Germania Oktoberfest.
The dance group consists of Germania Society members and non-members, ages 6 to 60+. The Germania Schuhplattlers are always seeking new members. Practice is held on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30pm at the Germania Park Klubhaus.