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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 9. May 9th, 1950

What Is A Tea Dance?

What Is A Tea Dance?

It has been some time since the Tea Dance has been a regular event in the social life of this College. It might be judged from the fact that crowds of people failed to turn up at the first one of these put on by the Social Committee this year (on Saturday, 29th April last) that there are now few on the college who realize the nature of these functions and the many advantages to be derived from them. (Incidentally, the eleven people who attended this function, which was held in the Women's Common Room, all agreed that it was quite a pleasant little party.)

For the sake of those, people who may not be acquainted with the social side of life in the Department of Higher Learning, here are a few definitions:

A Tea dance is:
1.—A social function held between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening, entitling any person on paying admission of 1/-to three hours' dancing (free tuition if desired, for the females), and a generous, appetising and substantial meal (special service given to Weir House men) guaranteed to keep the wolf from the door than anything served or, down town for twice the price.
2.—A place to go when you're cleaned up after football (or basketball, hockey, harriers, golf, billiards, poker or whatever it is) and you get that "where-shall-we eat" and that "what'll-we-do-thls evening" feeling, or .
3.—An ideal jumping-off place for the evening activities, or
4.—Somewhere to fill up with solids when your liquid capacity nears repletion, or
5.—A place to go where you can get to know members of the opposite sex in an informal and friendly atmosphere (as recommended by George Anthiel and the "Ladles' Home Journal"), or
6.—A quiet place where you can alt and read the "Sports Post" in peace, or
7.—The ideal answer for the student of slender financial resources who wishes to entertain the lady of his heart with dining and dancing, and then take her to the pictures.

The Social Committee proposes to run a Tea Dance once a fortnight this term, so watch this paper and the notice boards for the time and the place.

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We've just heard that the next tea dance will be held on Saturday of next week—that is, June 3. This is your chance to see what one Is really like, and we suggest that you come along: if you're going out for the evening, drop in first.