Upcoming Events

Swing dance every Tuesday


November 6 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Rachel Phillips

November 13 - Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Alex Fernandez

November 20 - Special drop-in classes for Thanksgiving week! Classes and Social Dance at Lake Merritt Dance featuring DJ Gary Sharpe

November 27 - Live Band Night! Live Music and Dancing at Lake Merritt Dance featuring the Don Neely Swingtet

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: 8-Count Basics

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 dive into the joy of swing dancing. Suitable for absolute beginners or for those looking to solidify their understandings of 8-count fundamentals!

Level 2: Meditations on Variations

You have your basics, and you have a few moves to play with. But you want to spice things up. That's where we come in. This month, we'll teach you how to do some cool variations and how to make your own. We'll also teach you how you and your partner to make variations together.   

Level 3: Swing Out Workout

Sure, you know how to do a swingout, but can you swing out? In this class, we'll focus each week on a different aspect of our dancing that helps make swingouts feel comfortable, consistent, and cool. Come humble and ready to work, leave reinvigorated.


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