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. Our caller,
has been calling for the club since 1987 and is an Accredited Member of CALLERLAB.
He has been voted one of the Top Ten callers by
members of the SCVSDA and especially enjoys teaching newer dancers.
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 2015.
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 9:45 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!
43rd Annual -- June 6, 2015
John Muir Middle School
Michael Kellogg, Caller
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 43rd Annual dance will be on
June 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at
John Muir Middle School,
1260 Branham Lane, in San Jose.
Sue & Phil Harris, Rounds
- Members' Only Page: It's Here!
- We now 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.
- Monday, September 29: Class Graduation Party!
- Please help our class celebrate its accomplishments by attending our Class Graduation Party
on Monday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at
- Future Club Activities
- Throughout the year, Bows & Beaus participates in many special activities.
Here is a partial list of some coming club and dancer association events.
See the club newsletter and listen for announcements on club dance nights for more information.
- 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 9:45 p.m. at Loyola School, and class members dance free as guests of the club!
- Class Graduation Party: Monday, September 29
- The Class Graduation Party will be on Monday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.
at Loyola School.
- Hints on Calls
- Here are hints on some of the calls that have been taught:
- Lists of Calls Already Taught and Soon to be Taught
- The List of Calls Taught page is updated every week, and provides links to various online
learning resources, including animations, definitions, and videos.
- 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.
- "Upcoming Calls" shows calls expected to be taught the following week, or at least in the near future.
This list may also show calls that should be reviewed in preparation for learning the new calls.
- NOTE: An older version of this page (with just the video links) is still available by clicking