Bows & Beaus Square Dance Club
Celebrating 52 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 2016. 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!
43rd 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 43rd Annual dance was on June 6 at John Muir Middle School in San Jose and featured the calling of Michael Kellogg, with rounds by Sue & Phil Harris. A special thanks to all those who attended and made this year's 43rd Annual dance a success!

Club News

Friday, July 31: Dancing at the Fair
On Friday, July 31, 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
 
Saturday, August 8: General Dance Program Dance
The next General Dance Program dance will be August 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale. The callers will be Bob Elling and Rich Reel. For more information, see the Flyer.
 
Club & Class Picnic on Sunday, August 9
The annual club & class picnic will be Sunday, August 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sign up sheets indicating your preferred entree are available on club dance nights. Remember to bring a side dish or dessert, serving utensils (if needed), and your own plates, eating utensils, and beverage (non-alcoholic).
For further information, see the Members Only Page or ask at Club.
 
Members' Only 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 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. Club Members can also visit the Members Only Page for information on these and other events.
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, July 31: Dancing at the Fair
On Friday, July 31, 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
 
Dance with the Club beginning Wednesday, August 5
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 beginning August 5 until the end of the class, unless notified otherwise (because of a school conflict). Dancing with the club will both 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!
 
Saturday, August 8: General Dance Program Dance
The next General Dance Program dance will be August 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale. The callers will be Bob Elling and Rich Reel. For more information, see the Flyer.
 
Class & Club Picnic on Sunday, August 9
The annual class & club picnic will be Sunday, August 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sign up sheets indicating your preferred entree are available on class dance nights. Remember to bring a side dish or dessert, serving utensils (if needed), and your own plates, eating utensils, and beverage (non-alcoholic).
Further information is available on class dance nights.
 
Learning Aids
Explore the following links for help with understanding the calls already taught and to prepare for calls soon to be taught.
  • List of Calls Taught shows a week-by-week listing of calls already taught. Clicking the name of a call provides an animation (Taminations) showing the call. Clicking the symbol following the call name provides a video which includes the call (provided by SaddleBrooke Squares in Arizona).
  • Upcoming Calls provides similar information for calls to be taught the following week or shortly thereafter.
  • Quick Tutorials also shows a week-by-week listing of calls taught. Clicking the name of a call in the left column provides definitions, teaching animations, and links to various other animations (upper right corner). Also provided: "Sample Singing Calls" videos (using only calls already taught), and an Interactive "Call Name Practice". This page is provided through the efforts of the SCVSDA and its Webmaster.
List of Calls Taught
Upcoming Calls
Quick Tutorials

Hints on Calls: Here are hints on some of the calls that have been taught:  

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!
For questions or suggestions please contact our Webmaster
Last revision: July 30, 2015
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