Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming Arts Council to host “Dutch Hop!” documentary film screening and dance

The Wyoming Arts Council (WAC)  is excited to announce a screening of the “Dutch Hop!” documentary film. The event will take place on Sat., April 16 at the Historic Pine Bluffs High School (607 Elm Street, Pine Bluffs, Wyo.) from 1-5 p.m. The “Dutch Hop!” documentary film will be screened at 1 p.m. The filmmakers, Chris Simon and Annie Hatch, will be present for a discussion of the film, followed by a performance and dance featuring Wayne Appelhans and the Dutch Hops from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is invited to join for this celebration of the unique regional musical and dance tradition. Entry and meal will be provided free of charge. 

The WAC has been involved as a producer of the film, which highlights the unique musical and dance traditions of the German-Russian community in Southeast Wyoming, Northern Colorado, and Western Nebraska. The film aired on PBS channels across the country in Nov. 2020, and this screening will be the in-person premiere presentation of the film.

“We are excited for the opportunity to share the incredible musical and dance traditions of the German-Russian community with the public” says Josh Chrysler, of the WAC. “The film highlights the individuals and communities who have been stewards of this tradition. If you have never been to a Dutch Hop before, this is a great opportunity to learn about the tradition and experience it for yourself.” 

Dutch Hop is a regional variation of polka music unique to the German-Russian ethnic group, also known as Volga Germans, who settled in the area during the early 20th century. This event is organized as part of Wyoming Arts Council’s Folk Arts Program, which aims to identify, document, conserve, and honor folk & traditional arts throughout Wyoming.

For additional information about this event, please contact Josh Chrysler at joshua.chrysler@wyo.gov, or 307-256-2010.

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