Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 51 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, Keith Ferguson, 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!

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 9:45 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!
43rd Annual -- June 6, 2015
John Muir Middle School

Michael Kellogg, 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 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.

Club News

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.
Members Only Page

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 Loyola School.
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.
Membership Forms

Class News

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 here.
List of Calls Taught
Upcoming Calls

Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule
Class Dance Schedule
  • Every Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Loyola School
    (review at 7:00 p.m., if school available).
  • Every Wednesday until the end of class, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m.: Dance with the Club, Loyola School.
  • Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.: Class Graduation Party at Loyola School.


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: September 15, 2014
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