Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


October 1 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

October 8 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

October 15 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ TBA + Balboa Room

October 22 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ TBA

October 29 - Halloween Party & Live Band Night! – Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring The Lone Star Retrobates

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


october TOPICS

Level 1: 8-Count Swing

Come learn to dance Lindy Hop! Veronica and Isaac will take you through the basics of social dancing and get you moving your body to a beat—with other people! No experience or partner needed!

Level 2: Fancify Your Basics

Each individual legend of Lindy Hop had a slightly different way of doing their basic moves that put their signature on the dance. We will give you some tools to change and develop your fundamental moves and stylings into your own unique style for both followers and leaders.

Level 3: Sixes and Eights

Most of the moves you learn in level one and level two are either six counts OR eight counts, with entire classes spent on one or the other. In this class, we'll teach you how to move between six and eight naturally and musically, how to play with six-count and eight-count rhythms and shapes, and how to use these tools to bring more rhythmic freedom to your dancing.


Rachel and Doug will be showing you transitions from pure bal to bal swing and all the magic that can happen there. We will work on come around transitions, pure bal vocabulary and exploring the toss out. This class will be switching role optional, so you can come and train a specific role, or switch! At least one balboa class experience recommended (but talk to Doug if you're new and want to take it).


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