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. Both singles and couples are welcome at our classes, and you may attend either with or without a partner!

Because of uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic, we do not yet know when classes can resume. We are monitoring the situation, and will post information here when more is known. We'd be happy to add you to an email list to receive notification about our next class -- just send us a message telling how to contact you!

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!

in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Videos from Past Dances

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 in June. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been regretfully necessary to cancel both the 2020 and the 2021 dances. Please stay healthy and join us in looking forward to square dancing in the future!

Club News

Dancing has returned to Loyola School on Wednesdays
Bows & Beaus has returned to dancing at Loyola School on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Because of the pandemic, the following special requiremets are in effect:
  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated. Those who have not previously submitted proof of vaccination, must present proof the first time they attend.
  • All attendees must wear masks while indoors. All dancing will stop if anyone removes their mask.
  • To eat or drink, go outside.
  • Members choosing to resume indoor dancing are reminded to pay their club dues. Those not yet ready may remain on a pandemic-related Leave of Absence.
  • Guests are welcome if they meet the above conditions and pay the guest fee.
Review the Calls
The following may be helpful to those wishing to review the Basic, Mainstream, and Plus calls in preparation for the resumption of dancing.
SaddleBrooke Squares Videos

Virtual Square Dancing
With the shut down of most dancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association has provided a description and links for Virtual Square Dancing.
Virtual Square Dancing

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

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

Class Dances SUSPENDED
Bows & Beaus Class dancing has been temporarily suspended because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Plans will be revisited as more information becomes available, and this web page will be updated. PLEASE NOTE: Many other groups are also cancelling their activities, so you may want to verify the situation with the activity sponsor before attending.
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
  • Classes have been temporarily suspended.


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: September 11, 2021
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