Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 55 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.

Our next class is planned to begin in January 2019. 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!

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!
46th Annual

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 46th Annual dance was on June 2 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of Jet Roberts, with rounds by Sue & Phil Harris. A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 46th Annual dance a success!

Club News

Saturday, October 20: General Dance Program Dance
The Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association presents a
   General Dance Program Dance
   Saturday, October 20, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
   St. Andrews Church, 4111 Alma Street, Palo Alto.
   Caller: Vic Kaaria.
Square Dance Attire Optional!
Solos and Couples Welcome!

Wednesday, October 24: Halloween Party at Rockin' Jokers
Because Halloween falls on a Fifth Wednesday this October, and many folks prefer to be home that evening, instead of the usual Fifth Wednesday Party, Rockin' Jokers will host a "Fourth Wednesday Halloween Party" a week earlier, on October 24. Bows & Beaus will join them that evening for the festivities at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church, 1919 Gunston Way, San Jose. Halloween costumes welcome, and please bring treats to share!

Halloween, Wednesday, October 31
Bows & Beaus will not dance on Halloween, October 31. But see the notice, above, about the Halloween Party hosted by Rockin' Jokers on October 24.
Wednesday, November 7: Dance at Almond School!
Because of activities at Loyola School, the club will dance at Almond School, 550 Almond Avenue, in Los Altos. This will also be the night for the club's annual Board election.
Flyer (PDF)

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.
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.
Membership Forms

Class News

Congratualations to the Class of 2018!
September 24 was Completion Night for the Bows & Beaus Class of 2018! Congratulations and Keep Dancing!
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
  • Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at Loyola School, except as noted below.
  • Saturday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.: General Dance Program Dance (see Club News).
  • Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.: FOURTH Wednesday Halloween Party at Rockin' Jokers (please bring finger food to share).
  • Halloween, Wednesday, October 31: No dancing.
  • Wednesday, November 7: Dance at Almond School, 7:30 p.m.


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!
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Last revision: October 18, 2018
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