Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 54 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, Tork Clark, has been voted one of the Top Ten callers by members of the SCVSDA.


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 2018. 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:
contact@bowsandbeaus.org

Club Information


The club dances the Plus program of Western Square Dancing on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 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!
45th 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 45th Annual dance was on June 3 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of Eric Henerlau, with rounds by Sue & Phil Harris. A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 45th Annual dance a success!

Club News

Parking at Loyola School
Because of construction at Loyola School, the parking lot will be unavailable from now through late November (except for Handicap Parking, which will remain available). Please find street parking near the school, and consider bringing a flashlight. Also, please be respectful of the school's neighbors, being as quiet as possible when arriving and leaving!
 
Class Completion Party on Monday, September 25
Please help our class celebrate its accomplishments by attending our Class Completion Party on Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Loyola School.
 
Saturday, September 30: Pre-Jubilee Whing Ding
The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association and the Santa Clara Valley Callers Association present a
   Pre-Jubilee Whing Ding
   Saturday, September 30.
   Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale.
   7:30 to 8:00 p.m.: Pre-Rounds
   8:00 to 10:30 p.m.: Plus Squares, Rounds, & A-2 tip.
   Callers: Tork Clark, Kurt Gollhardt, and Mike Luna.
   Rounds: Barbara-Lynn Smith.
Please bring finger foods to share.
Square Dance Attire Optional.
Solos and Couples Welcome.
Details
Flyer

61st Annual Jubilee
The 61st Annual Jubilee sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association will be October 6-8 at Hoover Middle School, 1635 Park Avenue, in San Jose. More Jubilee information is available on the following pages, provided by the SCVSDA:
Jubilee Web Page
Jubilee Flyer (PDF)
Preliminary Jubilee Program
 
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

Parking at Loyola School
Because of construction at Loyola School, the parking lot will be unavailable from now through late November (except for Handicap Parking, which will remain available). Please find street parking near the school, and consider bringing a flashlight. Also, please be respectful of the school's neighbors, being as quiet as possible when arriving and leaving!
 
Class Completion Party on Monday, September 25
The Class Completion Party is scheduled for Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Loyola School.
 
Dance with the Club on Wednesday Evenings starting September 6
In addition to dancing on class nights (Mondays), class members are invited (and strongly encouraged) to dance with the Bows & Beaus Club on Wednesday evenings from September 6 through October 4. Dancing with the club will give you a chance to see what "club dancing" is like, and will also provide valuable "floor time" to become more confident in your skills! Please do not feel you have to be perfect dancers -- none of us are! We want you to have an enjoyable experience, and you may be pleasantly surprised to find just how quickly the dancing becomes easier as you gain more practice. The club dances Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Loyola School, and during these nights class members dance free as guests of the club!
 
Review Opportunities
In addition to the review sessions held during the 10 minutes prior to class on most Monday evenings, more intensive reviews are planned for selected Saturday mornings. Details, including dates, time, and location, will be provided in class or via e-mails to the class mailing list.
 
What's been taught?
The List of Calls Taught page provides links to various online learning resources, including animations, definitions, tutorials, and videos. Just click on the button below to start exploring these resources.
  • Clicking the name of a call links directly to the TAMinations page for that call, showing both the definition of the call and an animation. Try setting the speed of the animation to "SLOW" when first learning the call.
  • Videos (from SaddleBrooke Squares) are available by clicking the symbol following the name of the call.
  • Click "Tutorials & Animations" in the left pane of the List of Calls Taught page for links to Quick Tutorials, an interactive practice quiz, additional animations, and other information provided by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association. (Note: This page can also be reached by clicking the "Quick Tutorials" button, below).
List of Calls Taught
Quick Tutorials


Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule
Class Dance Schedule
  • Every Monday, 7:00 p.m., at Loyola School.
  • Every Wednesday, September 6 through October 4, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Dance with the Club, Loyola School.
  • Monday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.: Class Completion Party at Loyola School.

Links


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!
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Last revision: September 19, 2017
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