Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


March 5 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

March 12 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

March 19 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Lule Deshields + Fast Room featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

March 26 - Live Band Night! - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Nirav Sanghani’s Pacific Six ft. Josh Collazo and DJ Rachel Phillips

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 3 class

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

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

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 3 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:30pm

Social dance : 9:00pm


march TOPICS

Level 1: Sultans of Six-count Swing

Six-count lindy hop is a great way to build your dancing foundation, especially if you are already familiar with eight-count! Catherine and Anna will start from ground zero and have everyone on the floor dancing confidently from week one. Come learn to dance or even learn another role!   

Level 2: Swing-out Variations

Learn how to add some pizzazz to your swing outs!  Footwork variations, fancy turns, swivels (for everyone), and even forward swing outs - we are going to do it all.  This class does not necessarily build on top of itself, except for class reviews, so feel free to drop in when you can.  We also be doing a bit of workshopping swing outs, as it’s the Lindy Hop fundamental.    

Level 3: Solo Jazz Fundamentals

Solo jazz is a dance onto itself - come learn different building blocks to continue to evolve your solo jazz.  We will being doing exercises that can be found in more ‘classic’ dance classes - such as exercises across the floor, technique drills, and vocabulary.  But don’t be scared - this class is for everyone! Total beginners at solo jazz are welcome as well.


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