Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


July 2 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

July 9 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

July 16 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Sean Krazit + Balboa Room

July 19 - Live on the Square! – Free intro class and outdoor swing dancing at Jack London Square

July 23 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ TBA

July 30 - Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring the Don Neely Swingtet

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: 8-Count Swing

This class will cover 8-count footwork and basics of Lindy Hop – like the swing out! You’ll learn about partnered connection, how to hear the beats of the music, and the joy of swing dancing. Suitable for beginners with no experience in swing dancing or for those looking to solidify their understandings of 8-count fundamentals.

Level 2: “It Don’t Mean A Thing”

What makes things swing? How do we dance in a way that embodies the playfulness and creativity of jazz? In this class we learn to recognize and appreciate our invisible third partner (music) and use our understanding to enrich our dances with fellow humans.   

Level 3: Mix and Match Variations

This month we’re going to show you how to take what’s tried and true, and turn it into something new! As dancers, we’re always looking to invent new shapes, rhythms, and feelings to enhance our dancing. In this class, we’ll focus on improving your ability to experiment with moves and variations you already know to create something that may feel the same, but look entirely different (or vice versa!). Mixing and matching pieces of our existing vocabulary is one of the best ways to grow your dancing organically. You can expect to challenge yourself both creatively and technically in this class, all at your own pace!

Beginning Balboa, ELEF

Doug will be continuing with ELEF (everyone leads, everyone follows) Balboa in July with the addition of Lori Taniguchi! Lori is a strong leader and follower in Balboa and never fails to have a compelling and comical way to break down the dance.  We will be focusing on pure bal, the chest to chest connected part of the dance. Over the month we'll work on basics, ad libs, footwork textures, pivot turns and more. This will be approachable for new students but include a lot of new material for continuing students, hope to see you there! 


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