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!
Our next class begins
Monday, January 19, 2015
in Los Altos!

Why not join us?

Our next class will be on Monday evenings beginning January 19, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Loyola Elementary School, 770 Berry Avenue, Los Altos, CA. This hall can be easily accessed from I-280 via the Magdalena Avenue exit (see map). Registration is open during the first two classes (January 19 and 26) and these two classes are FREE. Donation thereafter: $5 per person per class.

Both singles and couples are welcome, and you may attend either with or without a partner! Although advance registration is not necessary, if you'll let us know how to contact you we can send any last minute updates on the class. Just send us a message and let us know if you need any additional information.

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.

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:
contact@bowsandbeaus.org

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

Wednesday, October 29: Fifth Wednesday Party at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church
On Wednesday, October 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bows & Beaus will attend a Fifth Wednesday Party hosted by the Rockin' Jokers at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church, 1919 Gunston Way, San Jose. Halloween costumes optional (but encouraged)! Please bring finger food to share.
Map
Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, November 5: Dance at Almond School!
Because of a Book Fair at Loyola School, the club will dance at Almond School, 550 Almond Avenue, in Los Altos.
Map
Flyer (PDF)

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

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

Congratualations to the Class of 2014!
September 29 was Graduation Night for the Bows & Beaus Class of 2014! Congratulations and Keep Dancing!
 
Hints on Calls
Here are hints on some of the calls that have been taught:  
Lists of Calls 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


Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule
  • Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at Loyola School, except as noted below.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.: Fifth Wednesday Party at Rockin' Jokers (please bring finger food to share).
  • Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.: The club will dance at Almond School.

Links


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: October 25, 2014
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