Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 56 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!
Our class is off to a great start!

Many enthusiastic new square dancers showed up during the first three weeks of the class!

We really look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead as you experience the excitement of square dancing! Remember, dancing is on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Loyola Elementary School, 770 Berry Avenue, Los Altos, CA.

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.

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 9:30 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!
48th Annual -- June 6, 2020
John Muir Middle School

Darren Gallina, Caller
Dan & Allison Drumheller, Rounds

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, the 48th Annual dance will be on June 6, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, in San Jose.

Club News

Saturday, February 29: Presidents Ball Whing Ding
The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association and the Santa Clara Valley Callers Association present the
   Presidents Ball Whing Ding
   Saturday, February 29.
   Ohlone Middle School (formerly Burnett Middle School), 850 N. Second Street, San Jose.
   7:30 to 8:00 p.m.: Pre-Rounds
   8:00 to 10:30 p.m.: Plus Squares, Rounds, & one A-2 tip.
   Featured Callers: Jim Osborne and Keith Ferguson
   with a showcase tip and an A-2 tip by Kurt Gollhardt.
   Rounds: Sue Harris and Sandi Kremer.
Please bring finger foods to share.
Square Dance Attire Optional.
Solos and Couples Welcome.
Solo Rotation Available.

Saturday, April 11: "Dance into Spring" Newer Dancer Hoedown
The Bows & Beaus Newer Dancer Hoedown will be at Loyola School on April 11. See Class News for more information.
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.
Forms and Information
Obtain forms to Apply for Membership, Request a Leave of Absence (2 to 6 months), Change Information (address, telephone, e-mail, or emergency contact), or Request Reimbursement. A copy of the Bylaws is also available.
Forms and Documents

Class News

Saturday, April 11, "Dance into Spring" Newer Dancer Hoedown
Bows & Beaus January Class Level Hoedown
(only the calls that have been taught will be used).
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Loyola School, 770 Berry Avenue, Los Altos.
Square dance attire not required!
Solo rotation available!
Donation: $10.
Callers: Tork Clark and Roger Smith.

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


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: February 25, 2020
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