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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!

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 a message to class@bowsandbeaus.org telling us 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 Coming Events, 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

About the Club


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 Coming Events 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 email us at contact@bowsandbeaus.org.


The Ice Cream Fling Thing!
50th Annual -- June 1, 2024
John Muir Middle School

Eric Henerlau, Caller
Sue & Phil Harris, 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 50th Annual dance will be on June 1, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. at John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, in San Jose.

The Sweetheart Special
February 10, 2024
John Muir Middle School

Tork Clark, Caller
Sandi Kremer, Rounds

For many decades the Katydids Sweetheart Special dance signaled that Valentine's Day was on its way. In 2024, with Katydids no longer dancing, Bows & Beaus agreed to keep the tradition alive by sponsoring the dance. The 2024 dance was on February 10 with Tork Clark calling and Sandi Kremer leading the rounds. Thanks to all who attended!

Club News

Dancing on Wednesdays at Loyola School
Bows & Beaus dances at Loyola School on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. The August Class also dances on Wednesdays starting at 7:00 p.m. The first part of the evening is devoted to the class, followed by the normal Plus level club dancing. Let's welcome the class members -- they are the future of the club!
 
August Class Promotion on Wednesday, May 22
Please help our class celebrate its accomplishments by attending our August Class Promotion on Wednesday, May 22, at Loyola School.
 
Wednesday, May 29: Bows & Beaus to Host Fifth Wednesday Party (NEW LOCATION)
Bows & Beaus will be hosting the Fifth Wednesday Party on May 29 at:
     Cumberland Elementary School
     824 Cumberland Drive, Sunnyvale
FREE for all members of square dance community!
6:15 to 7:00 p.m.: Advanced
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.: SSD and Plus with Rounds
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June 1: Ice Cream Fling Thing!
It's almost here! The 2024 ICFT with caller Eric Henerlau and cuer Sue & Phil Harris is rapidly approaching. Club members are needed at John Muir at 6:30 p.m. to help set up. Members are also needed to help with clean up at 10:30 p.m. Thanks!
 
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 Membership Chair. The page contains photos and videos from various club events, and a link for viewing live club dancing.
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


January Class News

The January Class dances on Monday evenings
The January 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.
 
Monday, May 27, Memorial Day: Not dancing!
The Bows & Beaus January Class will not be dancing on Memorial Day, May 27. However, the class is encouraged to attend the Fifth Wednesday Party on May 29 at Cumberland Elementary School. See the announcement below.
 
Wednesday, May 29: Bows & Beaus to Host Fifth Wednesday Party (NEW LOCATION)
Bows & Beaus will be hosting the Fifth Wednesday Party on May 29 at:
     Cumberland Elementary School
     824 Cumberland Drive, Sunnyvale
Our January Class is invited to attend to dance the SSD tips!
FREE for all members of square dance community!
6:15 to 7:00 p.m.: Advanced
7:00 to 9:30 p.m.: SSD and Plus with Rounds
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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 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.
  • A tutorial on the call, provided by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association, is available by clicking the S symbol following the name of 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).
Calls Taught (January Class)
Quick Tutorials (January Class)


August Class News

The August Class dances on Wednesday evenings
The August Class dances at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays (review about 6:30 p.m.), with the first part of the evening (until 8:30 p.m.) devoted to the class. This is followed by the normal club level Plus dancing.
 
August Class Promotion on Wednesday, May 22
The August Class Promotion is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, at Loyola School.
 
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 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.
  • A tutorial on the call, provided by the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association, is available by clicking the S symbol following the name of 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).
Calls Taught (August Class)
Quick Tutorials (August Class)


Coming Events

Club Events Schedule
January Class Events Schedule
August Class Events Schedule
  • Dances every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., at Loyola School
    (review at about 6:30 p.m.).
  • Wednesday, May 22: August Class Promotion at Loyola School.
     

External Links


Here are some links to other square dance related sites.
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