The Bows and Beaus Singles and Couples Square Dance Club of the
Mountain View /
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.
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 2017.
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!
- Our mailing address is:
- Bows and Beaus
PO Box 1107
Mountain View, CA 94042
- Our e-mail address is:
The club dances the
program of Western Square Dancing
on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Partners are
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!
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
44th Annual dance was
on June 4 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of
with rounds by
A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 44th Annual dance a success!
- Looking Ahead to November
- Because of various school events and Thanksgiving, there will be several changes to the club's dance schedule
during November. More information will be posted later, but a quick look is available now in the
Dance Schedule section.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dance with the Club on Wednesday Evenings
- 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 now until the end of the class,
unless notified otherwise (because of a school conflict).
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 class members dance free as guests of the club!
- 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).