Lifestyle & Belief

Hundreds dance during lunch in Sweden's capital


People dance during one of the Lunch Beat sessions held at the Culture House in central Stockholm on November 22, 2011. The 'Lunch Beat', is a growing movement in Sweden, mixing a work break with a bit of disco fever.



Hundreds of people are busting a move during lunch in Sweden.

Once a month, men and women in Stockholm spend their lunch hour sweating to the beats of club music under disco lights.

The trend, called Lunch Beat, has spread to 10 other Swedish cities, Finland and Serbia, the Associated Press reported. Organizers say next month Portugal will headline a lunch dance off in Porto.

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CBC News reports the alcohol-free, hour long dance party starts at noon and runs until 1 p.m. The only requirement is to dance.

"It is absolutely fantastic!" Asa Andersson, 33, told the AP. "It is the first time I'm here, I'm totally happy and ecstatic, totally covered in sweat and I'm full of energy. It does not get any better than this."

Lunch Beat started in June 2010 with only 14 people in an underground parking lot in Stockholm. Now hundreds show up and it's mostly been through word of mouth.

Daniel Odelstad, the 31-year-old organizer, said it's unlike a club since there is no alcohol. People just dance for an hour, get sweaty and then go back to work.