Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


August 6 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

August 13 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

August 16 - Live on the Square! – Free intro class and outdoor swing dancing at Jack London Square

August 20 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Gary Sharpe + Balboa Room with DJ Rachel Phillips + Shag Dance Performance with Fleet Feet Flight

August 27 - Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring the Nick Rossi’s Swing Six + DJ David Shen

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 3 & Elective classes

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

8:30 - 9:30pm
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 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 2 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 3 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Elective series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:30pm

Social dance : 9:00pm



Level 1: Intro to Charleston

Kick it up a notch with the Charleston! This class will cover the Charleston - a dance which first became popular in the 1920s and which you'll often see on the Swing Dance floor. You’ll get a solid understanding of the basic Charleston and some of its variations, as well as the mechanics of leading/following it. You'll have fun while learning some stand-out moves!

Level 2: Jazz Up Your Lindy Hop

DROP-IN FRIENDLY | In this class, Hanah and Julian will show you how to incorporate solo jazz into partnered Lindy. Come explore how to introduce creativity and timeless moves into your Lindy, including the venue's namesake - the breakaway! 

Level 3: Hep to the Tuck

This month in Level 3, we want to try something new. Tuck turns are everywhere, but what if we build and learn from it? We’ll be putting that tuck feeling and along with some pops and swingouts, we’ll be creating new moves in no time at all!

Fast Dance: Intro to Bal-Swing

Come learn the fundamentals of bal-swing! Over the course of this month we’ll cover some of Balboa’s core moves such as lollies, out and ins, toss outs, and much more. Plan to dig deep into your pivots, twists, and turns, as this month will have a lot of rotation involved!


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