Dance and Class Venues

Blue Mark Studios

Main Dances and Late Nights
Friday and Saturday Nights

892 Jefferson St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Floor: Fast hardwood

Historic 137 year-old church turned gallery and event space

Magnificent wooden floor

Peachtree Hills Recreation Center

Saturday Classes

308 Peachtree Hills Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Floor: Hardwood gym and linoleum tile

Decatur Recreation Center

Sunday Classes

231 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

Floor: Hardwood dance studio and linoleum tile

Blind Willie's Blues Club

Main Dance
Sunday Night

828 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Floor: Medium speed hardwood

Dance in a historic, award-winning blues bar

We have Blind Willie's all to ourselves Sunday night

The Brickyard Blues team has some fantastic venues picked out for the weekend. For the dances, we would settle for nothing short of great atmosphere and excellent dance spaces. We think you will be delighted with the selections.

Blue Mark Studios

892 Jefferson St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Built in 1881 to house the Jefferson Street Methodist Church near Exposition Cotton Mills, this building is now home to Blue Mark Studios, an art gallery and event space.

Blue Mark has a magnificent wooden dance floor of the type you only find from ages past, when towering hardwoods were still plentiful and could be used to support the entire room to give the floor just the right spring. The floor surface has been lovingly cared for, and is silky smooth and great for dancing.

While the church choir is long gone, music will still flow from the chancel as our musicians take the stage.

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Blind Willie's Blues Club

828 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The best place to hear live blues is in the wild. You know, those small intimate bars, jook joints and clubs where the music is still very much alive. The only problem is, there is rarely space to dance in those settings.

Problem solved: For the Sunday main dance, Blind Willie's is closed to the public and open just for blues dancers! The club is removing nearly all of the tables and chairs and opening up the room into an open dance floor.

Housed in a 1920's era building, this historic blues club has hosted nearly 10,000 nights of live blues. Your favorite blues musician from the last 30 years has likely played here.

While Blind Willie's has a list of awards a mile long, the one that will tell you all you need to know is this: Blind Willie's is a recipient of the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Award for Blues Club of the Year.

Want to come dance here while you have a chance at exclusive use of the floor and lots of other blues dancers to dance with? You betcha!

PS: The bar will be open and serving attendees over 21 (18+ is fine to attend, you just have to be 21 to drink). Everyone can order from the food menu.

Peachtree Hills Recreation Center

308 Peachtree Hills Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Classes run until very close to when we have to break down and be out of the venue, so classes will start on time with or without you. Please keep that in mind.

Here are details on both parking and lunch options for Saturday classes.

The venue map has been updated with additional parking and lunch options in the Saturday layers. Click around until you get the slide out menu with the different layers.


There is parking at the Saturday class venue. It may be constrained, so carpooling is encouraged. However, there is overflow parking nearby.

1) Park in the lot at the Peachtree Hills Rec Center itself. If you have a low car, there is a bad pothole when leaving this lot, so be careful exiting.

2) There is street parking on the north side of the street on either side of the Peachtree Hills Rec Center.

3) The ADAC lot can be used for overflow parking. There is a big sign in front of the Rec Center proclaiming this, and when we asked at ADAC last month it was still ok. Just don’t park in a third party lot that is not associated with ADAC.

Quick lunch options

If you venture very far to eat, you will never get back to the Peachtree Hills Rec Center in time for class. Here are some lunch options that are tasty, nearby and quick.

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack: An Atlanta Blues Institution, you will eat your ribs or BBQ sandwich under a giant mural of Mt Rushmore painted with blues legends in the place of the presidents. This one wins on event appropriate atmosphere. Just google it. Order at the counter and then get a seat. The food comes fast.

gusto!: Build your own bowls of yummy goodness. If you are looking to eat health without sacrificing taste, this is a very good choice.

Bell Street Burritos: USA Today named them the 7th best burrito place in the US. They are good. The pork green chili is a staff favorite.

Zesto Drive-In: This feels like a joint that is actually out of the 50’s, without any of the kitch. They’re not trying to be nostalgic, they just never went out of business. It has fare like burger, corn dogs, crinkle cut fries and milk shakes.

Tin Drum Asian Kitchen: Fast and tasty pan-asian rice/noodle bowl restaurant.

Fellini’s Pizza: Pizza by the slice with lots of choices. For over a decade, this particular Fellini’s Pizza was the after dance stop for Atlanta’s Lindy Hop scene. Then our dance moved. If you ever went here after Hot Jam, go relive some memories.

Chick-fil-A: Close to the Saturday class venue and super fast, you know you are going to crave Chick-fil-A Sunday when you see it right next to the Sunday class venue. Too bad they will be closed then. Take care of that today.