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Black Dog Ballroom Hosts UK’s First Lunch Beat

The Swedish phenomenon comes to the Northern Quarter

Published on May 29th 2012.


Black Dog Ballroom Hosts UK’s First Lunch Beat

BLACK DOG BALLROOM is set to host the UK launch of the lunchtime dance phenomenon – Lunch Beat.

Over 1000 people have already signed up to the event as Manchester, always the city of creative innovation, embraces the Lunch Beat ethos.

The first rule of lunch beat is: If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance

15 cities will stream the events live from their locations as organisers aim to create a simultaneous dance floor across the world – unifying dancers in real time.

The event will take place at Black Dog Ballroom, corner Tib Street and Church Street, between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday 31 May.

Dancers have the opportunity to enjoy the music played by Lunch Beat MCR organiser and DJ - Marvin Speakman. An example of the music Marvin will playing can be found here.

Tickets are available for £8 and include a light, healthy lunch, and free bottled water throughout.

The simultaneous events will also be digitally live streamed with Bambuser for anyone to watch online.

From it’s humble beginnings in 2010, with fourteen people dancing in a car park in central Sweden, the Lunch Beat phenomenon has now spread on a global scale, and has been covered in world and national press – even getting a mention on Oprah Winfrey’s blog.

Of course, this is a case of what goes around comes around.

Confidential knows old timers in Manchester who met and married following lunchtime dance sessions made famous by the late Jimmy Savile in the Plaza club. We'll be writing about this in June. It's lovely to see afternoon danceland stepping out once more.

Tickets for the event are on sale via the website, where you can find all the background information on the Lunch Beat world.

To give you a better idea of what to expect from this unique, co-creative lunch experience, here’s the Lunch Beat Manifesto.

The Lunch Beat Manifesto

1st rule: If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.

2nd rule: If it’s your second, third or fourth time lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.

3rd rule: If you are getting too tired to actually dance at Lunch Beat, please have your lunch at some other place.

4th rule: You don’t talk about your job at Lunch Beat.

5th rule: At Lunch Beat everyone present is your dance partner.

For more info as it is confirmed you can follow Lunch Beat on Twitter or join the Facebook group.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DavidMay 30th 2012.

Was not Jimmy Saville doing exactly the same thing in Manchester in the 1960s?.This is not a new idea at all.

JoanMay 30th 2012.

What sort of music?

DavidMay 31st 2012.

The Plaza Ballroom in 1957,he was doing this.So it did not begin in Sweden in 2012,it was an idea that was already 50 years old,we were far ahead of them here in Manchester.

DavidMay 31st 2012.

These guys have totally ripped off Jimmy Saville idea.He deserves to be recognised as coming up with this.

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 31st 2012.

Folks, it was re-started in Sweden in 2012 and I'm currently in the process of writing an article about the tradition of Manchester lunchtime dancing from 1957 and in even earlier. I think it's a tremendous idea - but I'll add a sentence here as well to point it's old Manchester origins.

JoanMay 31st 2012.

Jonathan: We know you can write, but can you dance?

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 31st 2012.

I was always more likely to be found stood by the bar with my mates waiting for inspiration (the five songs I'd deign to dance to) or lust to drag me onto the dancefloor.

Kevin PeelMay 31st 2012.

I'm not sure I can dance without a few glasses of wine in me but I love the idea of this!

SpencerSpurchJune 8th 2012.

What are the five songs JS

Lesley HampsonJanuary 10th 2013.

Saw the Hollies and Merseysound bands for a shilling in the early 60s at oasis on Lloyd St.
Ps sorry for the delay in posting this. I've only just read it.........

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