Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton

8310 Roper Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 3E6


We are an ethnic folk dance group that preserved the traditions of Schuhplattler dancing in Edmonton. We regularly perform at events in Western Canada.


Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton was founded in Edmonton, 1971

General Info

We practice most Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the German-Canadian Cultural Centre 8310 Roper Road (51 Avenue) in Edmonton.

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The Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton were formed in 1971 by three couples who wanted to preserve the culture and traditions of their Heimat in Bavaria. Their early performances were mainly in the Edmonton Hofbräuhaus. The costumes worn by these members were actually hand-sewn by the Mädels; later, the group imported their Tracht from the Chiemgau area of Bavaria. The dances remained true to their original form, although flavoured by the imagination and sense of humour of the individual members. The group has grown considerably over the past quarter-century, and currently boasts a membership of twenty men and women. They continue to encourage new membership among those who feel young and hearty enough to commit themselves to regular and vigorous Thursday night practices. As mentioned above, costume, originates from the Chiemgau area (50 km SE of Munich) around 1900. The ladies in the group wear a white blouse with puffed sleeves, under a sleeveless dress made with laced bodice and a full Dirndl skirt. The dresses, in a variety of colours, are actually imported from Germany, as are the Lederhosen that the men wear. These dresses are always worn with an apron, white knee socks and black pumps. The ladies also wear an actual Edelweiss blossom, encased in glass and hung as a pendant from a black velvet band. Should you have the pleasure of witnessing the Bayrisch Guck dance, you will see that the girls wear lace-trimmed bloomers under their Dirndls!

The men are typically dressed in black leather trousers, trimmed with light-green embroidery, white shirts with red ties, and dark-green velour hats. In most cases, the hats are adorned with a Gamsbart, the beard of a Gemse, or chamois; despite its name, it is harvested from the manes of Bavarian mountain goats. The costume is completed by either traditional Wadenstrümpfe (calf socks) or full-length Kniestrümpfe, as well as leather Haferlschuhe. When they travel, the Bavarian Schuhplattlers take not only their costumes, but a wide assortment of props - their scythes, axes, saws, hammers, chisels, lanterns, a Maibaum (maypole) for their special "May Day" dance, and in many cases a massive log or two for the Holzhackertanz (Wood Choppers Dance). As well, the audience delights to see and hear the girls playing a variety of traditional folk songs on precisely tuned cowbells. Edelweiss and the Kufsteinlied are two songs of the many they have in their repetoire.

Company Overview

The Bavarian Schuhplattlers for Edmonton constists of an adult dance group and a kids dance group. We practice at the German Canadian Cultural centre in Edmonton. The Schuhplattlers hold an annual fundraising event called Heimatabend. We are member of the German Canadian Association of Alberta and the Gauverband North America.


Preserve the traditions of German/Austrian Schuhplattler folk dancing in Edmonton


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