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:
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!
42nd 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 42nd Annual dance was on June 7 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of Lottie Ainsworth, with rounds by Sue & Phil Harris, and a surprise appearance by the Ghost Riders Square Dance Band! A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 42nd Annual dance a success!

Club News

Wednesday, July 30: Fifth Wednesday Party
On Wednesday, July 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bows & Beaus will attend a Fifth Wednesday Party hosted by the El Camino Reelers at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto. Dress comfortably, as the church is often warm during the summer. Please bring finger food to share.
 
Friday, August 1: Dancing at the Fair
On Friday, August 1, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Bows & Beaus will join with other clubs in dancing at the Santa Clara County Fair! The fairgrounds are open from Noon to 9 p.m. that day, so come early and enjoy the fair, but please be in the square dance area by 6:00 p.m. The fairgrounds are at 344 Tully Road in San Jose. Dancing will be on the "square dance slab" in front of Exposition Hall. When you enter the Fair Grounds through the main extrance, under the arches, walk straight ahead and the slab will be on your left.
See the Flyer (PDF) for more details
 
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

Friday, August 1: Dancing at the Fair
On Friday, August 1, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Bows & Beaus will join with other clubs in dancing at the Santa Clara County Fair! The fairgrounds are open from Noon to 9 p.m. that day, so come early and enjoy the fair, but please be in the square dance area by 6:00 p.m. The fairgrounds are at 344 Tully Road in San Jose. Dancing will be on the "square dance slab" in front of Exposition Hall. When you enter the Fair Grounds through the main extrance, under the arches, walk straight ahead and the slab will be on your left.
See the Flyer (PDF) for more details
 
Hints on Calls
Here are hints on some of the calls that have been taught:  
Calls Taught Page Redesigned!
Upcoming Calls Page Added!
The List of Calls Taught page has been redesigned for easier use! This list is updated every week, and provides links to various online learning resources, including animations, definitions, and videos. If you experience any difficulty viewing the new page, please let us know! Temporarily, you can still view the old "List of Calls Taught" page by clicking here.
  • Clicking the name of a call now 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.
  • The videos (from SaddleBrooke Squares) are still 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.
List of Calls Taught
Upcoming Calls


Dance Schedule

Club Dance Schedule
 
Class Dance Schedule

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!
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Last revision: July 22, 2014
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