Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


May 7 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

May 14 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

May 21 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Catherine Hwang + Balboa Room featuring DJ Doug Mathews

May 28 - Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Silver Bell Jazz Band and DJ Rachel Phillips

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: Charleston 101

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: Musicality for Dancers

Now that you have a handle on moving your body and connecting with your partner, let's focus on the music. Isaac and Veronica will teach you how to listen for music for dancing, what to listen for, and how to use that knowledge on the social dance floor. Students taking this class should be familiar with 6- and 8-count Lindy hop.   

Level 3: Charleston 102

You asked, and we heard you! Isaac and Veronica will refresh your Charleston technique from all the way back in Level 1, teach you new moves and forms of connection and, most importantly, make your Charleston feel comfortable. Students taking this class should have at least one month of Level 1 Charleston at the Breakaway or other venue under their belts.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a history of chronic knee pain or injury, consider sitting this class out.

Beginner Balboa, Continued (Everyone Leads Everyone Follows)

Continuing ELEF (Everyone Leads Everyone Follows) Balboa. Continue to learn Balboa and stretch your mind learning to lead and follow.  We will learn more balboa vocabulary and how to clearly communicate as both leaders and follows in turns, out and ins, as well as learn some fun footwork variations.  


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