This year we welcome back the Danube-Swabian Dancers, the Cripple Creek Cloggers, the D’Oberlander dancers, and, of course, everyone’s favorite the Big Bear Lake Polka Tots.
The Big Bear Lake Polka Tots
Founded in 1973 by Yvonne Barrows (1972 Oktoberfest Queen), the Big Bear Lake Polka Tots are the official dance group of the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. These “tots”, ranging in ages from 2 years to 12 years, have been entertaining audiences in Big Bear for more than 37 years. Fourth generation of Polka Tot families are now performing. While not professional dancers, these little polka fans but on a great show and are sure to delight Oktoberfest visitors. The Polka Tots performance dates are Weekends 1, 2, 4, & 7.
The Danube-Swabian Dancers have been performing for more than 50 years as a group.
Founded in 1952, the Los Angeles Danube-Swabian Dance Group maintained a cultural link with the former homeland of the newly arrived immigrants, while offering a haven to the Danube-Swabian youth while they assimilated into mainstream America. It was and remains our goal to continue our ancestors’ customs and traditions. We hope that the new generations of German descendants will proudly help us keep this dream alive. The group performs a variety of German, Austrian and Danube-Swabian folk dances. The Danube-Swabian Dancers perform the weekend of October 18th & 19th.
In the late 1950′s a group of German and German-American people longing to uphold such traditions and customs as language, music, dance, and costumes met and discussed their ideas of forming a Bavarian Trachten Schuhplattler Verein.They agreed to form such a group under the name “D’Oberlandler Schuhplattler Verein.”
Among the group’s many accomplishments and performances include Disneyland, Universal Studios, Rose Parade (Pasadena) , the 100th anniversary of the Bayerischen TRACHTLER IN Munich, AND ALT Roseheim’s 90 “t” anniversary serving as German -American Ambassadors of the United States presenting a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan commemorating 300 years of Germans in America.
D’Oberlanders not only perform schuhplattlers and volktanz. We include Alpenhorns, Cowbells, Hackbrett, Zither, and the Accordian as other forms of upholding German traditions and culture. D’Oberlander Dancers perform the weekend of September 27th and 28th.
Cripple Creek Cloggers
The Cripple Creek Cloggers are a clogging exhibition group dynamic throughout the greater Southern California area. The foot stomping, hand clapping dance they perform reflects the raw vigor of the Appalachian Mountains and the fresh excitement of our American Heritage. Performing since 1977, they have thrilled audiences of all ages and cultures with their shows which display a special blend of musical themes, including traditional bluegrass, country western, Irish and contemporary music. Reviews of their performances emphatically affirm that this group of adults and children are “full of vitality” and “express true joy in their ability to entertain an audience”. The liveliness and enthusiasm of the Cripple Creek Cloggers makes clogging as much fun to watch as it is to dance! The Cripple Creek Cloggers perform the weekend of October 11th & 12th.