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Tuesday Contra Dance at The Trolley Barn

Tuesday Contra Dance at The Trolley Barn

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Your Reframed Unlimited pass DOES work for this location.

We teach social dancing. You will be dancing with people, not alone.

This locations dances are mainly Contra and Waltz.

Our lessons will always be comfortable for complete beginners. 

This event is BYOB. Enjoy responsibly!

  • 7:00-7:30pm Dance Lesson. 
  • 7:30-9:00pm Social dance and hang out. 
  • 9:00-9:30pm Escape into the night.

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The Space

ADDRESS: 963 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
'The Trolley Barn'

The Trolley Barn is the center of the Inman Park neighborhood. It's stood for over a hundred years in various states of repair, but these days it's pristine. There is no better dance venue in all of Atlanta. Parking is easy, air conditioning is good, bars are nearby. Oh and did we mention it has wooden floors? Paradise.


This location focuses mainly on Contra Dancing and Waltz. It's a very beginner friendly, fun time. Typically we'll do two contra dances and then one waltz, then repeat.

If you've never danced contra before, try to arrive by 7pm so you can catch the newbie lesson.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is social dancing?

Social dancing means dancing with people in an improvised fashion, and not for people in performance or competitive situations.

We do not teach choreography, but if you get good enough at improvising sometimes it will look choreographed.

What is a lead and a follow? Is it gendered?

Lead and follow are the two roles in most social dancing situations.

If you are selecting the movements you are called the lead, if you are interpreting the movements of a lead then you are called the follow.

These roles are not gendered. Traditionally men would lead and women would follow but these days it's normal for someone to take an opposite role or to learn both.

What style of dance are you teaching?

At this location we only do contra dancing and waltz. At our other locations we do a huge variety of other dances.

What if I don't know how to dance?

That's totally fine! You don't need to have any experience to attend. Even if you think you are unable to learn, most anyone can be taught.

Do I need a partner?

No, you do not need a partner and if you do come with one we're still going to make you be part of the rotation. Dancing with different people is essential to improving — and it’s a great way to meet new friends.

Can my partner and I stay together the whole time and not rotate with everyone else?

Everyone attending the class must be part of the rotation. Even if you come as a couple we expect you to participate and dance with different partners during the class session.

In our experience, couples who do not rotate do not learn as quickly or meet as many people in the class so they don't have as much fun.

If you absolutely must stay with your partner you can just come and observe the lesson from the side and practice the movements with your date. We're totally okay with you doing that and you don't have to pay for tickets this way!

What should I wear?

Wear whatever is comfortable. Your feet may get stepped on so don't wear new white shoes. You'll find people wearing any number of things ranging from jeans and dress pants, to shorts and skirts.

Even though we're teaching dance you won't be dancing the whole time. No need for athletic clothing unless you feel like it. Also our air conditioning is amazing, you're more likely to be chilly than sweaty.

What is the parking situation?

There is tons of street parking at this location, and a few big lots nearby that allow us to park for free--

·  10 spots in our parking lot on the west side of the Barn 

·  10 spots across the street in the Justice Center parking lot

·  35 spots available in the Inman Park Church on the corner of Edgewood and Elizabeth, less than a block away

Are all ages welcome?

Yes! All ages are welcome. Bring your children and we'll teach them how to dance. They have to be able to understand the lesson and rotate like everyone else, though. We suggest 11 and up.

How can I attend for free?

We need volunteers to collect tickets, take pictures/videos, and set up/clean up. If you want to participate in exchange for services like this please reach out to we'll work it out!

Is there any drinking allowed at this lesson?

This event is BYOB (bring your own beer) but that only extends to beer and wine. Please drink responsibly.

I have questions, who should I contact?

You can email or come to the lesson and meet Wilder personally.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Robert Setili
Fun Tuesday Contra dance with fun people

Wilder has a fun Tuesday contradance! The community is fun, social & growing.

Great fun!

And there’s another weekly opportunity to contra dance. Live music every Friday night at Decatur Rec. 7:30 lesson, Dance begins at 8:00.

Drew Allen
Live Music and Lively Dancing

Contra is not quite what I expected, but dancing in lines with strangers to live music is very fun! I was pleasantly surprised. The venue itself lends greatly to a small band too. We also took breaks to learn a simple waltz in between group dances. Big fan of this one. I'll be coming again!

Carolyn McLaughlin
A Joyful Time

I have now taking two classes at the Trolley Barn with Reframed. Both were a joy. The instruction is generous and kind with a good dose of humor. There were both beginners and experienced dancers in the room and all was well. Looking forward to the next class.

Katharene Garland