August: 7, 14, 21, 28
at Lake Merrit Dance Center

Level 1: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Level 2: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Elective: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Swing Dance Series

Level 1 : 6-Count Introduction

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! Time: 8-9pm

Level 2: Fundamentals of Lindy Hop – Connection Focus

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! Time: 7-8pm

Elective - Putting It All Together!

The elective class for August is drop-in friendly all month!
In this drop-in 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 the transitions between them. We will focus on practical examples and specific techniques that you can use each night on the social dance floor. Time: 8-9pm

Swing Series Instructors

Level 1 

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Finn DeLacey-Kupel & Nathaniel Homan

Finn DeLacey-Kopel (they/them, he/him) has been hooked on dancing since age 3 with tap and ballet, and has been part of the Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz community for the past 14 years after their first ever dance workshop with Frankie Manning in Irvine CA at the very green and awkward age of 8. Frankie's energy is largely what made them fall so in love with the dance, music and history of the swing era and the love for solo jazz and Lindy Hop has continued to grow ever since. Their teaching style values straight-forward communication with more dancing than talking. You can look forward to humor and care in every class they're involved with. Solo jazz is close to their heart and they strive to bring the joy it brings them to those they teach.

Nathaniel Homan has been swinging out for almost 7 years. Before he was a dancer, he developed a love for swing music while playing trumpet and trombone in his high school jazz band. He began dancing Lindy Hop in San Luis Obispo with the Cal Poly Swing Dance Club, and helped organize and run the San Luis Obispo Lindy Exchange for 4 years. Nate's favorite dances are conversations between partners, and he loves to express his humor and goofiness through his dancing. When not dancing, Nate enjoys reading, backpacking, and painting models.


LEVEL 2 & elective

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Rachel Phillips & Kendall Lui

Rachel Phillips started dancing in Berkeley in 2015. She was walking through Sproul Plaza, heard the infectious music, and knew she wanted to learn the Lindy Hop! With a background in tap dancing, her favorite part about the dance is the rhythm, and she loves to play with the footwork to create new rhythms in her social dancing. When she’s not dancing, Rachel enjoys playing board games, learning to ride horses, and reading up on the fascinating history of jazz music and dance. Or she's at the DJ booth.

Kendall Lui is a San Francisco native who loves coming to the Breakaway. He spent most of his dance career in Davis, CA where he taught Lindy Hop and organized weekly dances. He is a technical dancer and loves exploring partnership through connection. His favorite part about swing dancing is social dancing – you'll hardly see him taking a break all night!



Every 3rd Friday of the month is The Breakaway's regular Open Practice session. 

It's FREE for ALL students! 

More info here