In 1981 there were few opportunities in Atlanta for the general public to enjoy ballroom dancing. To address this need, a small group of amateur dancing students formed the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Club and began to organize public dance parties.  Since many of the other dances held in the city were restricted to "singles only" or "members only", ABDC's founders emphasized openness. The club was reorganized and incorporated as a domestic nonprofit corporation in 1988.

The club promotes the enjoyment of dancing, the development of dancing skills, and open participation in dancing by all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, race, religion, ethnic background, membership in this club or membership in any other organization. In the following years the program gradually grew and became a factor in the general revival of ballroom dancing in Metropolitan Atlanta and nearby communities.

The Atlanta Ballroom Dance Club held monthly dances and weekly lessons at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Buford Highway for thirty years. In 2015 the building was sold and the club had to find other locations for the monthly dances and weekly lessons.