Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


March 6: Dance and classes at Lake Merritt Dance. Featured DJ: Gary Sharp!
March 13: Dance and classes at Lake Merritt Dance. Featured DJ: Shannon Lea Watkins!
March 20: Dance and classes at Lake Merritt Dance. Featured DJ: Rachel Phillips & Heather McCandless!
March 27: Live band night at Lake Merritt Dance with Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing 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 : Charleston

Charleston is important to our dancing because it's a super great way to dance to faster music without wearing yourself out too quickly. It's also very important to know because it forms the historical foundation that the rest of lindy hop was built on. Historically done in solo, partnered, and group formats, the Charleston is a fun and energetic part of swing dancing that will have you kickin' and flyin' on the dance floor. 

Level 2: Fundamentals of Lindy - Expand Your Vocabulary

Expanding your vocabulary is very useful for a lot of reasons. For both followers and leaders, learning patterns and variations in a class setting where you can take things slow and break things down is important for having the background you need to execute on the social dance floor. Vocabulary and stylization are also the foundation for improvisation. They also allow you to discover your own take on the dance and favorite moves! 

Elective: Shim Sham!

Come and learn Frankie Manning's iconic Shim Sham routine this March at The Breakaway! As well as learning and honoring this timeless line dance, we'll delve into the history and context of each move, and students will have the opportunity to experiment and put their own pizzazz on timeless moves!  


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