Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


June 5 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips 

June 12 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Gary Sharpe

June 19 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

June 26 - Live Music and Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance featuring The Juniper 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 Charleston

Come learn Charleston, the proto-swing dance! Charleston continues to be a fun and integral part of swing dancing, especially when dancing to faster music. Energetic and fun, this is a great class to take to build a strong foundation in swing dancing!

Level 2: Lindy Hop Fundamentals

Learn how best to communicate with your dance partner so you can speak without talking! Our connection focused fundamentals class is for those who find themselves stuck in the rigidity of "moves". Break free!

Elective: Finding Your Style

In this elective class, Sam and Calvin will show you different ways the dance can look and feel. Each week you'll learn different variations and moves; they might be upbeat and bouncy, smooth and controlled, playful and sassy, silly and funny, etc. There are many ways to express ourselves in lindy hop, and knowing multiple ways helps us match our partner, match the music, and solidifies our own personal style. 


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