Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


January 1 - CLOSED - Happy New Year!

January 8 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

January 15 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

January 22 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Gary Sharpe

January 29 - Live Band Night! - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring The Hot Baked Goods and DJ Catherine Hwang

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 3 class

8:00 - 9:00pm
Level 1 & Level 2 classes

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: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 3 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm



Level 1: 8-Count Lindy Hop

This class will cover 8-count footwork and classic moves of Lindy Hop - like the swing out! You’ll learn about partnered connection, how to hear the music, and just how fun and playful this dance can be. Suitable for beginners with no experience in swing dancing or for those looking to deepen their understandings of the fundamentals.   

Level 2: Triples and Turns

This class will focus on triple steps and turning in the context of being in tune with your partner and being clear about your ideas, whether you are leading or following.   

Level 3: Finding Yourself in Partnership

This class will be focusing on musicality, solo movement, and partnership. You’ll be doing solo jams, breakaways, and exercises where you’ll focus on supporting your partner.


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