Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


December 4 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Brianna Leon

December 11 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

December 18 - Live Band Night! Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Shannon Lea’s Redwood Rhythm and DJ Rachel Phillips

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 2 class

8:00 - 9:00pm
Level 1 & Level 3 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

Level 3 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm



Level 1: Spice It Up for the Holidays

Week 1: Crosshand Moves - Learn some moves in a spicy hand connection!
Week 2: 20s Charleston - Explore a spicy alternative Charleston style!
Week 3: Taking it in a New Direction - Spice up some of your existing moves by changing up their directions!

Level 2: Getting in Shape

Week 1: Lines - Travel up and down lines with your partner!
Week 2: Circles - Dance circles around each other with some nuanced fundamentals!
Week 3: Rhythms - Play with the shape of the song by taking familiar moves and putting them to a new beat!  

Level 3: Charleston, Connection, and Eagle Slidin’

Week 1: Advanced Charleston (Partnered): Charleston is a great way to improve your fast dancing, balance, and connection. We'll explore different shapes and feelings you can create with Charleston by learning some new moves and connections. Note that prior experience with tandem Charleston is recommended.
Week 2: Weird Connections - Ever find yourself in a funky situation - perhaps you're holding hands left to left, or connected on the opposite side in closed? We'll explore different ways to get into and out of funky connections, and a few things you can do in between!
Week 3: Eagle Slidin' through your Lindy Hop - The eagle slide is a fun and exciting classic solo jazz move. In this class, we'll use the eagle slide as a case study to learn how to incorporate different movements throughout our entire dance. We'll examine it closely, and investigate the many places it fits into partnered lindy hop.


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