Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


February 5 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex F

February 12 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Brianna

February 19 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

February 26 - Live Band Night! - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring Campus Stompers and DJ David Shen

Oakland's Premier Swing Dance Venue




7:00 - 8:00pm
Level 3 class

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

8:30 - 9:00pm
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: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 1 series: 8:00 - 9:00pm

Level 3 series: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Taster class : 8:30 - 9:00pm

Social dance : 9:00pm



Level 1: Set a Crash Course for Charleston!

Swinging Charleston (also known as 30s/40s Charleston or Lindy Charleston) is a fun, high energy swing dance that can be danced comfortably to medium and fast tempos. This series will cover Swinging Charleston basics, footwork patterns, and classic moves; including jockey position, hand-to-hand, crossovers, and more. While no experience with Charleston or any other swing dances is necessary, dancers looking to refine their fundamentals or learn a new role should find the class rewarding.   

Level 2: Lindy Hop Vocabulary

Join Sam and Calvin this month as they cover some tried and true classic lindy hop moves. Come learn how to pull off these well-recognized patterns and see just why these historic moves have been hallmarks of the dance. From the Minnie Dip to the Texas Tommy, we'll cover a variety of new vocabulary to add to your dance repertoire!    

Level 3: Zen & the Art of Lindy Hop

What can thousands of years of martial arts principles do for your Lindy Hop? Reaching a higher level takes more than just knowing fancy moves. It requires an intimate conversation of call and response by both leads and follows. Clarity of connection by eliminating the variables is the Zen of Lindy Hop.  Michelle and Chad will show you the art of fluid, graceful, and effortless dancing by using momentum and applying the power of martial arts. They will detail the intricacies of frame, what it feels like and how to amplify physical communication between you and your partner!


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