Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 58 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.

The location and time of our next class 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.

IMPORTANT: See Club News, below, for pandemic-related changes!

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 4, 2022
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. Although COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 dances, the dance returns this year! Held the first Saturday of June, this year's dance will be on June 4, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, in San Jose. Please see the flyer for COVID-19 restrictions.

Club News

Ice Cream Fling Thing, June 4
It's almost here! The 2022 ICFT with caller Darren Gallina and rounds by Dan & Allison Drumheller is rapidly approaching. Club members are needed at John Muir at 6:00 p.m. to help with set up. Members are also needed to help with clean up at 10:00 p.m. Thanks!
Members 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.
New feature: Members who are unable to attend our regular Wednesday evening dance may want to try the new "Live Dancing" link on the Members Page! Of course, we'd rather see you in person at the dance!
Members Page

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

Postponed Newer Dancer Hoedown
Although the possibility of recent dancer exposure to COVID-19 caused us to postpone the May 14 Newer Dancer Hoedown, we hope to reschedule this dance for the near future! Please watch this web page for further information as it becomes available.
Memorial Day, May 30
On Monday, May 30, the class will not dance in observance of Memorial Day.
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, except as noted below
    (proof of COVID-19 full vaccination required).
  • Monday, May 30, Memorial Day: No Dancing.


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: May 23, 2022
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