March: 6, 13, 20, 27
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 : 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: 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 favourite 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! The Shim Sham is danced around the world and has been introduced to the swing dancers by Frankie Manning in the 80's. It's now become a tradition in swing dance venues and is danced almost at every party you'll go to. 

Swing Series Instructors

Level 1 & 2 

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Sam and Calvin fell in love with swing dancing at UC Berkeley's Lindy on Sproul and SwingCal, both becoming active members of the swing community by teaching, mentoring, and DJing. Raised in Cal's ambidancetrous community, you'll often find them both leading and following on the social dance floor. Their dancing focuses on playful partnership and lighthearted silliness. Coming from performances with the Sproul Stompers and recent competition experience, Sam and Calvin are excited to share their enthusiasm at the Breakaway.


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Kevin Hwang

Kevin has been an active member of the UC Berkeley and East Bay lindy hop community as a teacher, DJ, and organizer. He helped found the UC Berkeley performance team Sproul Stompers in 2013. 

Olivia Ortiz

Olivia started swing dancing at SwingCal, UC Berkeley's student-run swing dance course. She's followed for four years and, inspired by her friends and a want to delve deeper in her understanding of swing, started leading less than a year ago. A recent grad, during her time at Cal, Olivia choreographed and performed with The [M]ovement and Sproul Stompers, taught at Lindy on Sproul, and facilitated SwingCal for 2+ years. As a teacher she's very excited about making partnered dances as comfy as possible and the importance of "listening" within a partnership. Always a fan of trying out new, impossible ideas, she hopes to one day lead performance teams.



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

It's FREE for ALL students! 

More info here