Besides the famous chicken dance, performed 400-plus
times during six-and-a-half weekends, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
features specialty dance groups every weekend.
2008 features an encore performance of the highly-acclaimed
Cripple Creek Cloggers on October 4-5. The group’s performance
is always an Oktoberfest highlight, drawing standing ovations from
audiences thrilled by the fast-flying feet action.
The renowned dancers have brought their foot-stomping energy
to audiences through the Southland, including shows at the
Los Angeles and Orange County Fairs and at the Irvine Harvest
Festival. From stages at Disneyland to appearing at Southern California
Clogging Association exhibitions in Ontario, Cripple Creek
Cloggers has introduced this peppy dance to style to delighted
audiences everywhere. For three years running Cripple Creek
Cloggers has won overall adult titles during competitions in
Arizona, and the group will dance at the National Clogging
Convention in San Diego over Thanksgiving weekend.
Clogging is best described as a cross between country
western and tap dancing. It began as just a shuffle across a
backwoods porch, but over the years ethnic groups have
blended into clogging everything from Irish jigs to traditional
African-American dances, and now true clogging includes
standard steps that everyone does.
The 20 member group plans to debut a new Irish-theme
routine, “Strings of Fire” at Big Bear Oktoberfest. It will also
present “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” a dance that helped it
win in Arizona. Two Cripple Creek Cloggers are currently
vying in competitions to appear on the hit television show
“America’s Got Talent,” having made it to the top 40 teams.
Cripple Creek Cloggers are scheduled to perform at 2
and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, plus 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Big Bear’s own Joyful Noise Cloggers will also perform on
Saturdays, Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, at 5 p.m.