The Schuhplattlers are, without a doubt, the best-known folk dancers in The Schuhplattlers are, without a doubt, the best-known folk dancers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The girls in their Tyrolean Dirndls and the boys in their Lederhosen (leather pants), hat with Gamsbart (ornamental hat feather), socks, and hunting knife in the side pockets of the Lederhosen are a true photo of the Alpine world.
The dancers are, for the most part, former members of the Youth Group. When the Schuhplattlers from Pittsburgh performed at the Germania Oktoberfest in 1971 and 1972, the older members of the Youth Group saw their chance to continue their love of dancing after leaving the Youth Group. In the fall of 1973, Joe Weber, Dave Beiderbeck, Greta Aller, and Lori Prugel undertook a trip to Pittsburgh and learned some dances. They then shared these dances with the other Schuhplattlers.
Over the years, Joe Weber, as well as Dave Beiderbeck, Fred Nagel, Debi Ernst, Lori Prugel, and Frank Hetzer have been entrusted with the leadership of the Schuhplattlers. The club has indeed gained a valuable group in the Schuhplattlers.