Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


October 2 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Sean

October 9 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex F.

October 16 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Shannon

October 23 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

October 30 - Live Band Night! Live Music and Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Tracy

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 2 class

8:00 - 9:00pm
Level 1 & Elective class

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: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Elective series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm


October TOPICS

Level 1 : 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: Balboa 2

Our shuffling journey continues! If you took our Level 1 introductory series, you know that this beautiful, tight, and intricate sweetheart dance originated in Southern California in the 1930's. This is a great dance for twirly skirts, slick leather shoes, and a sense of class. We will review the previous month's material and add on with even more rotations, redirects, and fun tempos.   

Elective: Reacting to Your Partner

If you've ever seen two dancers who really in sync, you might have thought, "Wow, do they have a psychic connection?" In this class, we will try to discover some of the secrets to this psychic connection. We will explore techniques like visual leading and following - as well as how to match your partner - so that you can not only match their pulse but also the vibe they're throwin' down.


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