Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


July 3 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Brianna Leon 

July 10 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Shannon Lea Watkins

July 17 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

July 24 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ TBD

July 31 - Live Music and Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance featuring The Silver Bell Jazz Band

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 2 class

8:00 - 9:00pm
Level 1 & Elective class

8:30 - 9:00pm
Free Taster Class

9:00 - 11:00
Social Dance




DJ Nights
General - $8
Students/60+ - $6

Live Band Nights
Early Bird - $10
Online - $12
Door - $15

Progressive Class Series

Month - varies $55-$75
Class Drop-Ins* - $15

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

Every Tuesday

Learn to dance with our monthly class series.


Class Schedule

Level 2 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Elective series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm



Level 1 : Intro to 8-Count Lindy Hop

This class will cover 8-count footwork and basics of Lindy Hop - like the swing out! You’ll learn about partnered connection, how to hear the beats of the music, and the joy of swing dancing. Suitable for beginners with no experience in swing dancing or for those looking to solidify their understandings of 8-count fundamentals.

Level 2: Lindy Vocab - Classic Moves

In this class we'll learn some classic swing moves and how we can use them to punctuate our dancing. We'll draw on material from the basics you've learned in Level 1 and add some famous moves from Lindy Hop History to help us have more fun, playful, and satisfying dances.

Elective: Dancing in Close(d), Exploring Distance, and Everything In Between

The elective class for July is drop-in friendly all month! Class topics will include: 
In Close(d) - the limitlessness of dancing in closed position and side by side
From here to there - exploring the length, width and distance of your dance
Embellish the basics - simple, fun ways to rethink the little things.
Swing it! - swing outs, swing outs, swing outs
'Ain't Got Rhythm' - In this class, we'll toy with simple rhythms, mixin' and matchin', while learning to lead and follow the changes. 


Live Jazz every last week  of the 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