Upcoming Events


May 29th: Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Alive & Kicking Screening and Stompy Jones live band night. More info here. 
May 30th:  Starline Social Club with the Hot Baked Goods

Oakland's Premiere Swing Dance Venue



Level 2 series:

7:00 - 8:00pm

Level 1 series:

8:00 - 9:00pm

Taster class:

8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance*:

9:00 - 11:00pm

*live band nights continue until 11:30 pm.



DJ Nights

General - $8

Students - $6

Live Band Nights

Early Bird - $10

Online - $12

Door - $15

Progressive Class Series

Month - varies $55-$75

Drop-In* - $15

*only available the first week, click here for more info.

Learn to dance with our monthly class series.


Tuesday Class Schedule

Level 2 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm

Monday Elective Class

Tranky Doo:  7:00 - 8:00pm



Level 1 : Intro to Balboa

Balboa is a swing dance developed in Southern California in the 1930's. It is a fun dance well known for its elegance, subtlety, and being great for fast music.  We will introduce you to the dance, from basics to paddle turns to lollies.  Come learn a different part of the swing family tree!

Level 2: Connect with me! (Lindy Hop)

Cultivate a dynamic range of connection in your dancing that elevates simple steps to the height of musical expression! In this class, Lori and Douglas will show you how to make every dance a fun dance full of creativity and spirit.

Monday Elective Class: Tranky Doo 

The Tranky Doo is an historic jazz line dance danced all over the world as the Shim Sham or the Big Apple are. When the dancers hear the well-known song, they all start dancing together. Get comfortable with rhythms, jazz vocabulary, and body movement all by learning the Tranky Doo! 


Live Jazz Every Month at the Breakaway


Live Band Admission

Early Bird - $10

Online - $12

Door - $15


Live jazz is the heart of swing. The musicians on stage and dancers on the floor engage one another in a lively conversation to create a magical feeling unlike anything else.

That is why we are proud we are able to bring live music to our dancers every month. Come join us and experience the joy of swing!

All class series packages include admission to our live band nights.

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From African circle dancing, to the streets of great cities, to the modern dance studios, dancing has always been part of the human culture. Dance is more than entertainment: it is a form of communication that has helped strengthen the bonds between people for as long as we can remember.

The Breakaway believes in its positive impact. We want to share our vision of a better world, one dance at the time.

Our Mission

“[Lindy hop] is the dance of freedom. It’s what freed us and brought us together.”

- Norma Miller