Jessyca is a vivacious lindy hopper, excited to share her bubbly happiness of the dance! Born and raised in Québec, Canada it’s in 2013 that she unexpectedly found out about lindy hop as a The Shim Sham performance was happening in the streets of Montreal. She went to her first social dance night on the first week of her first class, a few months later she was doing workshops and got into a performance troupe, placed and won competitions during her first year of dancing. Through though times and injuries, she never stopped to give back to the community. Now, Jessyca just moved to Bay Area where she has a happy married life and is the co-founder of Oakland’s swing dance studio, The Breakaway.
Her background as a jazz musician definitely influenced her take on swing dance. “Jazz offers to the dancers an opportunity to improvise, something we rarely do anymore in our world and adult life. It inspires me more than anything else to know that while we are cherishing an individual freedom of self-expression we also enjoy the responsibility to the group or our dance partner.”
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.
Rachel started volunteering at The Breakaway at the door, and was so excited to support a new swing dance venue in the Oakland that she started volunteering other areas as well. She loves planning parties and building community. She has been dancing since a she was a youngin’ jamming out to the radio in her room, and remembers first hearing big band music on the radio in high school. Years later, the two connected when she was hanging out in Golden Gate Park and got pulled into Lindy in the Park. Dancing has also inspired her to get back to her childhood hobby of playing music. Rachel loves doing fancy walks on the dance floor.