Following WWII, Rudolf Mootz and Gerda Meyer, along with Willie and Peter Mootz and Beppo Wallenda formed the Pedrolas Troupe. It was a complete show with high and low wires, aerial cradle, slide for life, contortionist and musical clowns. Eventually, Rudolf and Gerda wed and continued performing as a cradle duo, and became parents of Dagmar, who debuted at age five as the youngest wire walker. They appeared on shows in Norway, Denmark and Austria, before coming to the US in 1958 for the Mills Brothers Circus. They were with several shows over the years, including Beatty Cole, Sells & Gray, Hoxie, Circus Hall of Fame, Tom Packs, Polack and others. A special affinity for anything Mexican led Rudolf to nickname himself Pedro, which led to assuming the stage name – “Pedrolas”.