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.