Where: Lake Merritt Dance Centre, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 .

Rooms: Auditorium and MPR for Classes, Hall 1 for parties

Ages: Very broad range of ages from teens to 80's, the average probably being in the 30's, 40's and 50's.

Accessibility: Lake Merritt is a wheelchair and scooter accessible venue, with elevator, ramps and accessible bathrooms. No sign language facilities.

Contact: 510.430.8820





Dance into delight with our new classes and dance parties.

  • Dance Parties:

  • Gift Certificates: Give the gift of dancing this year! Whether private lessons or group classes, help your loved ones fullfill their dreams.

  • Mondays:  Queer partner dance classes.

  • March 2015 | Beginning West Coast Swing and Intermediate West Coast Swing

  • Tuesdays:  New! Queer partner dance classes.

    March 2015 | Beginning East Coast Swing and Intermediate Salsa

  • Sundays: Queer ballroom and latin dance classes.

    March 2015 | Tango & Samba

  • Trip the Light Performance group are now the current winner of the 2013 and 2014 Dancing in the River City and silver medalists at the 2013 April Follies competions! A new performance teams is starting and it's not too late to join. Please call or email us.

Why Trip the light fantastic ?


Trip the Light Fantastic is a Same Sex Dance School based in Oakland, CA, directed by 5 times North American Women's Same-Sex Ballroom Champion Zoe Balfour. We are dedicated to creating fun and exciting dance classes, parties and events for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community for the last 18 years.

Join our popular Mailing List to keep on track with our LGBTQ Dance classes and events going on in the SF Bay Area. We normally send two emails a month with information on our upcoming or current Monday and Sunday same-sex partner dance classes and Friday Special Dance Parties for the Queer Community and their friends.

Some of our offerings include:

  • Same Sex Partner Dance Group Classes on Monday Nights
  • Special Dance Parties every alternate month including Beginners Lessons and hours of open dancing
  • Private Lessons for Beginners to get started
  • DJ Services for special events
  • Dance Competition and Exhibition Choreography and Coaching
  • Getting you ready for special occassions like your Wedding Dance
  • General Social Dancing skills and etiquettes
  • Introduction to the queer, LGBT or same-sex dance community, local and global
  • And all that you can think of in terms of LGBT partner dancing


Dances popular at Trip the Light


Some of the partner dances our students enjoy on the dance floor on Mondays at Lake Merritt Dance Center's beautiful and huge auditorium (lots of parking!) are:

  • West Coast Swing
  • Salsa
  • East Coast Swing
  • Night Club Two Step
  • Country Western Waltz
  • Country Western Two Step
  • Cha-Cha
  • Ballroom
  • Latin