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Celebrating 59 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. Our round dances are cued by Sandi Kremer.


Learn to Square Dance!
Our class is off to a great start!

Many enthusiastic students 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:
contact@bowsandbeaus.org

Club Information


The club dances the Plus program of Western Square Dancing on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., with Round Dancing (Easy through Phase III) also included in the evening's program. Partners are NOT required. Please see Club News or Dance Schedule for more information. The club 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!
49th Annual -- June 3, 2023
John Muir Middle School

Vic Ceder, Caller
Sue & Phil Harris, Rounds
Sandi Kremer & Paul, Guest 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 49th Annual dance will be on June 3, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, in San Jose.

Club News

New Dancers Attend First Classes!
Our beginning square dance class started on Monday, January 9, with many students attending at least one of the first three classes, along with club members who came to welcome the class. The class meets Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Loyola School in Los Altos. All club members are encouraged to attend to welcome the class members.
 
Alumni Night, Wednesday, February 15
Former members of Bows & Beaus are especially invited to visit the club for our annual Alumni Night Party on Wednesday, February 15, from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. at Loyola Elementary School. Invitations have been sent out, so if you don't receive yours within the next few days we may not have your current address (or we haven't heard from you for several years so thought you were no longer interested). We hope you'll show up! If you're a former member and do not receive an invitation, please send us a message and let us know your current address so we can send you future invitations! Better yet, come on February 15 and give us your address in person!
Alumni Night Flyer (PDF)

Round Dance Class started Wednesday, January 11
Our Round Dance instructors, Sandi Kremer & Paul Albert, will be teaching a Round Dance Class each Wednesday evening from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., just prior to the club's square dance session. Please see the flyer for more information and for the fee schedule for this class.
Round Dance Flyer (PDF)

Dancing on Wednesdays at Loyola School
Bows & Beaus dances at Loyola School on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., and has now returned to its normal schedule of Plus dancing.
 
COVID Policies
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our policies are subject to change at any time. At the time of this writing, these policies are as follows:
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid must not attend Bows and Beaus events.
  • Vaccination is no longer required, although it remains highly recommended.
  • Masks are optional. However, as a courtesy to others, we request you wear a mask indoors if you have recently had a potential exposure to Covid (e.g., airplane travel, attendance at a crowded event, or direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid).
     
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

WELCOME to the New Dancers Who Attended Our Introductory Class Sessions!
A big "Thank You" to all those who attended the first three sessions of our new square dance class. We look forward to getting to know you in the weeks ahead and hope you enjoy square dancing as much as we do! The class dances on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Loyola School in Los Altos.

Watch this space in the weeks ahead as we post news on upcoming class events.

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. To return to the list of calls, click the month in the left pane.
  • Videos (from SaddleBrooke Squares) are available by clicking the symbol following the name of the call. To return to the list of calls, use the back button on your browser.
  • 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

COVID Policies
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our policies are subject to change at any time. At the time of this writing, these policies are as follows:
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid must not attend Bows and Beaus events.
  • Vaccination is no longer required, although it remains highly recommended.
  • Masks are optional. However, as a courtesy to others, we request you wear a mask indoors if you have recently had a potential exposure to Covid (e.g., airplane travel, attendance at a crowded event, or direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid).
     

Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule
Class Dance Schedule

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!
For questions or suggestions please contact our Webmaster
Last revision: February 3, 2023
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