Level 1: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm at Starline Social Club

Level 2: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Starline Social Club

Swing Dance Series

August: 1, 15, 22 at Starline Social Club
August 8th, we'll be at Lake Merritt Dance Center

NOTE: Including FREE elective classes on August 29th for our Open House. 


Level 1 : 8-counts Swing

Learn the moves that Lindy Hop is known for!  We will build up your 8-count footwork to do some of the most classic moves in swing dancing, the swing out, the lindy circle and others.  Have fun improvising with your partner and learn to connect to swing music in the way only Lindy Hop does.

Level 2: Balboa 2 - The Sequel

We're back with more Balboa to keep you spinning and shuffling.  We will cover pure bal embrace and flowing across the dance floor in a close and comfortable way with your partner, in addition to the spins and stretches that make bal swing such fun.  We will start expecting some knowledge of a pure bal basic, lolly kicks and out and ins.  From there, we will move into tossouts, turns and various fun movements and stylings for leaders and followers. Pre-requisite: Having previously taken a Balboa 1 class before.

Swing Series Instructors

Lori Taniguchi and Douglas Mathews

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Lori and Doug are well-known in the South Bay dance scene for years of experience teaching and organizing at Wednesday Night Hop. Doug brings a love of movement and communication that is nerdy in the best way, and Lori brings a sense of joy in movement that will remind you why you love this dance.

Lori and Doug spend countless days a year traveling in the national dance scene focusing on dance pedagogy, competing, and enjoying social dancing.


Every 3rd Friday of the month is going to be The Breakaway's regular Open Practice session. Next date: July 21st, 2017.  Don't forget it's FREE for ALL students and it's at Bellevue Club in Oakland. More info here