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  • Dundee


  • Food and drink
  • Leisure and recreation


  • Amateur


  • 1960s

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Title: HAP DANCES, the

Reference number: 2862

Date: 1962 - 1965

Director: filmed by Ciano Soave

Sound: silent

Original format: std. 8mm

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 21.21 mins

Description: "The Paladians", "Erle Blue Stars" and "Prohibition Pete" playing to crowded dance floors where the "twist" and other '60s dances are in evidence at "The Hap Dances" organised by the owner of the Haparanda Cafe in Dundee.

"The Hap Dances" organised by owner (who is film-maker, Luciano Soave.) of the Haparanda Cafe, Dundee which opened in 1957 [now demolished]. It is understood that he named the cafe after visiting Haparanda in Sweden. A friend states that he "loved the place so much, that when he opened his cafe, he named it Haparanda". Between 1962 and 1965 about 20 dances held, usually with about 600 -800 people attending at a time. Over these years they were held in the Continental Ballroom, The Palais and the Chalet Road House, Broughty Ferry and would feature local bands and musicians, including "The Paladians", "Erle Blue Stars" and "Prohibition Pete".

See also ref. 2861 A NIGHT AT THE HAP.

Shotlist: [Shotlisted at different speed - actual timing 21.21 mins]

[col.] shot of poster advertising the Haparanda Dance, Monday 1st April, featuring Erle Blue Stars, the Paladins and others (0.18) [b/w] shot ext. of Continental Ballroom as people arrive for the dance, welcomed by Haparanda owner Luciano Soave [dark and slightly out of focus] (0.49) int. Ballroom as people arrive and shot of barmen serving drinks [dark] (1.47) couples dancing rock & roll style, and women dancing "the twist", a band playing [dark] (2.55) more shots of couples dancing (5.00) [col] shots of people arriving at the dance, women combing their hair, men taking off their coats (5.20) shots of couples at tables, dancing a slow dance and then "the twist" etc. with shots of the band "The Paladins" (10.00) Shots of "Erle Blue Stars", "Prohibition Pete" and "The Paladins" (13.32) shots of balloons coming down at the end of a dance [probably Christmas] and people dancing covered in streamers (15.40)