Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


August 7 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

August 14 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

August 21 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ TBA

August 28 - Live Music and Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Rob Reich Sextet "Swings Left"

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 6-Count Lindy Hop

Learn triple-steps, rock-steps, turns, and more in this Introduction to 6-Count Swing. This class will focus on fundamentals like building up an understanding of basic rhythms and learning how to connect with your partner and the music - all while having fun! No dance experience or partner needed! 

Level 2: Fundamentals of Lindy Hop - Connection Focused

Connection is communication. In this class we’ll focus on the tools you need connect with anyone you meet on the dance floor. We’ll explore a few different forms of connection, learn some moves, and improve your fundamentals to get you leading and following as clearly as possible. Whether your mission is to improve your technique or increase your fun on the dance floor, learning to connect is one of the most important skills you need, and it’s oodles of fun!

Elective: Putting it All Together


In this drop in friendly class, we will explore the glue that sticks the many moves and styles you've learned together. The goal of this class is to create more cohesive and comfortable dances by thinking not about the moves but about the transitions between them. We will focus on practical examples and specific techniques that you can use each night on the social dance floor.


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