Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


April 2 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Gary Sharpe

April 9 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

April 16 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Tracy Lee + Fast Room featuring DJ Doug Matthews

April 23 - Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Miss Jubilee and DJ Gary Sharpe

April 30 - Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Evelyn and Her Vintage Ties and DJ Lule Deshields

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


april TOPICS

Level 1: Leap Into 8-count Lindy

This series will teach a foundational introduction to 8-count lindy hop. Whether you’re brand new to swing dancing, are familiar with other styles, or want to refine your basics, this class will have you up and having fun on the dance floor in no time!

Level 2: Creative Classics

Learn some tips, tricks and tools we use to embellish, re-imagine, and build on classic Lindy Hop movement!    

Level 3: Sugar Pushes & Swingouts

This class will cover variations on fundamental patterns for Sugar Pushes and Swingouts, emphasizing momentum, connection, communication and style.

Beginner Balboa (Everyone Leads Everyone Follows)

Balboa, a swing dance that started in the 30's in Southern California, is known for its close connection, intricate footwork, and fun turns and twists.  In addition, it is one of the dances that is most similar for leaders and follows at the beginner level. We will be diving into balboa mechanics and posture, teaching you about how to move and control your body in both the leader and follow roles. In this class, everyone will learn to lead and follow balboa, focusing on the body control and technique that will set you up to be an excellent balboa dancer and an excellent dancer in all other dances as well. The class will cover downhold and uphold basics, out and ins, and lollies, but consistently go back to body control and posture as you learn how to have a clear and relaxed connection with your partner from either role.  Whether you're interested in balboa or just want a better understanding of how to move and connect in partner dancing, everyone leads everyone follows (ELEF) balboa will put you more in touch with your own movement and make you a better dancer!


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