Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Megan had no idea that one day she would fall in love with the lindy hop, let alone become the President of the Breakaway team.
In her first semester as a student at UC Berkeley, Megan found swing dancing purely by accident - she walked past a group of people dancing on the main campus plaza and heard the jazz music she had always loved listening to. She became instantly enamored, and quickly signed her life away to Berkeley's swing dancing club, Lindy on Sproul. Megan eventually came to facilitate the student-led course called SwingCal, and choreograph for performance troupes including The [M]ovement and Sproul Stompers.
After graduating from Cal, Megan felt a hole in her life where lindy hop had been, and now she has found her new family in The Breakaway crew. More than anything, Megan loves to share the joy of swing with new dancers, and she makes sure everyone she knows gets bitten by the lindy bug.
Find Megan at the Breakaway on Tuesday nights and ask her to dance!
Mary's older sister was an inspiration and first encouraged her to try social Ballroom Dancing, then Balboa. From there, Mary went on to discover Lindy Hop at Lindy on Sproul where she met and became friends with many founding members of The Breakaway. Captivated by the dance's joyful affirmation of being and opportunity for playful expression, she is thrilled to be on the marketing team to help share this dance with others.
Brynna's passion for dancing first began after watching Singing in the Rain as a child. She instantly fell in love with the movement and music, and over the next few years, she decided to try on various dance hats including tap, jazz, and ballroom dance. Originally from Los Angeles, Brynna first discovered swing dance in 2010 during her new student orientation at Berkeley. She soon became actively involved in Lindy on Sproul and SwingCal. Here, she also discovered a love of sharing her favorite jazz tunes through DJing. Currently, in addition to being the DJ and Band Coordinator at The Breakaway, she also is member of the solo jazz dance troupe Someday Sweethearts. Brynna is thrilled to be a part of the Breakaway Team, and is excited to watch the East Bay dance scene to continue to grow.
Hunter currently works as a Behavior Therapist but his night time has been spent dancing for the past 13 years. Teaching, performing, and competing, Hunter has done it all. From teaching dance in South Korea to placing at Camp Jitterbug, Hunter looks forward to sharing his expertise with new and excited students of the East Bay. Having studied Ballet, modern Jazz, and Tap, Hunter brings a well rounded dance background to Lindy-Hop.
Jeremy Harris has been dancing swing for 12 years, and is excited to be part of the organizing team that has jumpstarted the Breakaway into existence. His everyday persona includes being a professional Architect, a jazz saxophonist, and outdoors enthusiast. His secret superpower unravels as the Breakaway's unofficial band schmoozer and Graphics Lead for the group.
His goal is to create a dancing community, that gives back to the local community, and connects dancers of Lindy Hop with the vibrant urban dancing scene, history, and diversity of Oakland. He envisions a space where dancers of all types can express their styles, learn from each other, and inspire a new generation of Lindy Hop that would make Frankie Manning proud.
Melanie has been a dancer all of her life with her first true love being ballet. Her first swing out happened at a summer swing dance camp when she was a wee lass. She continued to dabble in other forms of dance, including salsa and ballroom dancing until she joined the [M]ovement dance group as a swing dancer and choreographer at UC Berkeley. There, she met many of the members of The Breakaway and fell in love with jazz - particularly New Orleans jazz music (and food!) - and the form of dance that evolved with it: the lindy hop. She is super excited to be part of The Breakaway team helping members of the Oakland and East Bay community discover the thrill of self expression through dancing and the excitement of listening to live jazz.
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Melissa is an avid lover of social lindy hop. As a co-organizer of the Breakaway, she hopes to foster dancers who listen to the music, learn new ways to express themselves, and enjoy the moment. Some of her favorite dance memories include performing at the Apollo Theater for Frankie 100, dancing to live bands at speakeasies, and organizing a lindy-bomb at Berkeley's 4th Street Jazz Festival. She loves to meet new people, think and effect social justice, and support the community.