Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 52 years of dancing!
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The Bows and Beaus Singles and Couples Square Dance Club of the Mountain View / Los Altos area of California is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association (SCVSDA), and is one of the longest operating and most respected square dance clubs in the Santa Clara Valley. Our caller, Keith Ferguson, has been calling for the club since 1987 and is an Accredited Member of CALLERLAB. He has been voted one of the Top Ten callers by members of the SCVSDA and especially enjoys teaching newer dancers.

Learn to Square Dance!

Square dancing is lots of fun, a great way to meet people, and provides enjoyable exercise for both the mind and body! Once you have learned the basics (which for us means up through the internationally recognized Plus program), you can dance almost every night of the week, if you wish! There are often dances (called Hoedowns) on weekends, with even larger events at various times throughout the year.

Our next class is planned to begin in January 2016. The location and time will be announced as soon as they are known. If you'd like further information, please send us a message telling how to contact you! Both singles and couples are welcome, and you may attend either with or without a partner!

Where Do We Dance?

Both the class and club dance at:

Loyola Elementary School
770 Berry Avenue
Los Altos, CA
Click for map.

See Dance Schedule, below, for any temporary changes to this location!

Contact Information

Our mailing address is:
Bows and Beaus
PO Box 1107
Mountain View, CA 94042
Our e-mail address is:

Club Information

The club dances the Plus program of Western Square Dancing on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Partners are NOT required. Please see Club News or Dance Schedule for more information. The club also sponsors a beginning square dance class each year on Monday evenings.

Bows & Beaus began dancing in 1963 at an apartment house in Mountain View, and remained in that city for many years. After a brief time in Palo Alto, we moved to Los Altos in 2006. Today our dancers come from throughout the South San Francisco Bay region: Redwood City, Menlo Park, Stanford, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Fremont, and Milpitas! We've also welcomed visitors from throughout the United States and from other countries!

If you would like more information please send us a message.

The Ice Cream Fling Thing!
43rd Annual

Since 1973 local square dancers have welcomed the month of June by attending the Ice Cream Fling Thing, the Anniversary Dance of the Bows & Beaus. Held the first Saturday of June, this year's 43rd Annual dance was on June 6 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of Michael Kellogg, with rounds by Sue & Phil Harris. A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 43rd Annual dance a success!

Club News

Wednesday, October 14, Party Night
Our Party Night on October 14 will have a "Pajama Party" theme.
Saturday, October 17: General Dance Program Dance
The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association presents a
   General Dance Program Dance
   Saturday, October 17, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
   St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma Street, Palo Alto.
   Caller: Bob Elling.
Square Dance Attire Optional!
Solos and Couples Welcome!
Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, October 28: Dance at Springer School
Because of activities at Loyola School, the club will dance at Springer School, 1120 Rose Avenue, in Mountain View. This is about one mile from our usual location.
Flyer (PDF)

Saturday, October 31, Halloween Whing Ding
The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association and the Santa Clara Valley Callers Association present a
Halloween Whing Ding
   Saturday, October 31.
   Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West  Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale.
   Pre-Rounds 7:30 p.m.; Plus Squares 8:00 p.m.; Star Tip 10:15 p.m.
   Callers: Roger Smith  (MC), Tork Clark, & Joe Gonzalez.
   Rounds: Barbara-Lynn Smith.
Please bring finger foods to share.
Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, November 4: Dance at Covington School
Because of activities at Loyola School, the club will dance at Covington School, 205 Covington Road, in Los Altos. This is about one mile from our usual location.
Flyer (PDF)

Thanksgiving Schedule:
Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. (try to arrive at 6:30 to help set up):
Bows & Beaus will be attending the annual Pre-Thanksgiving turkey dinner and dance at John Muir Middle School. This is always a fun event with dinner followed by alternating square and line dancing! The first two square dance tips will be at a September class level, with Plus dancing for the remaining tips. Bring your own plates, utensils, and a side dish, salad, or dessert to share (and a serving utensil), plus a new unwrapped toy per person to be donated to charity. John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, San Jose.
Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, November 25: Bows and Beaus will not be dancing on Wednesday, November 25, Thanksgiving Eve.
Members' Only Page
We have a special web page for "Members' Only". If you are a Bows & Beaus Member, and have not received a Username and Password, contact the club's President.
Members Only Page

DBD Plus Workshop
This "Dancing by Definition" (DBD) workshop is conducted during the second and third tips of most club dance nights.
Membership Forms and Information
Obtain forms to Apply for Membership, Request a Leave of Absence (2 to 6 months), or Change Information (address, telephone, e-mail, or emergency contact). A copy of the Bylaws is also available.
Membership Forms

Class News

Congratualations to the Class of 2015!
September 28 was Graduation Night for the Bows & Beaus Class of 2015! Congratulations and Keep Dancing!
Hints on Calls
Here are hints on some of the calls:  
Learning Aids
Explore the following links for help with understanding the calls already taught and to prepare for calls soon to be taught.
  • List of Calls Taught shows a week-by-week listing of calls already taught. Clicking the name of a call provides an animation (Taminations) showing the call. Clicking the symbol following the call name provides a video which includes the call (provided by SaddleBrooke Squares in Arizona).
  • Quick Tutorials also shows a week-by-week listing of calls taught. Clicking the name of a call in the left column provides definitions, teaching animations, and links to various other animations (upper right corner). Also provided: "Sample Singing Calls" videos (using only calls already taught), and an Interactive "Call Name Practice". This page is provided through the efforts of the SCVSDA and its Webmaster.
List of Calls Taught
Quick Tutorials


Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule


Here are some links to other square dance related sites.
These links are provided for convenience only and Bows & Beaus cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the information.

Information subject to change!
For questions or suggestions please contact our Webmaster
Last revision: October 10, 2015
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