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Let's Dance NYC

Despite the 2017 repeal of the racist 1926 Cabaret Law, NYC's Zoning Laws still do not allow dance in any venue under 200 patrons.  And venues above a 200 person capacity can exist only in high density commercial and manufacturing districts


Dance Police, Cabaret Law and other historic Injustices:

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Dance Beyond the Zone

Let New Yorkers dance everywhere by support zoning reform. Our goal is to collect 10,000 signatures from New Yorkers to coincide with a major publicity campaign


Media Coverage: 1987 - 2023

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2017 LET NYC DANCE Campaign repealed the Cabaret Law

Let's Dance NYC Beyond the Zone:

Now that the Cabaret Law was partially repealed on October 30, 2017, outdated land use laws do not permit dancing in any New York City establishments with less than 200 patrons. Dancing should not only be permited in Industrial and high density commercial districts (See the NYC Department of Planning's ZoLa Tool to see how a particular building is currently zoned here). This outdated requirement unnecessarily affects small businesses and their patrons who want to dance.


Members of LegalizeDance.Org want the word "dance" removed from zoning codes of NYC law. We maintain that nightlife (and daylife) in "Entertainment establishments" should be regulated by venue capacity not whether or not people enjoy dancing.  We maintain that social dancing is a healthy activity and a 1st Amendment Freedom. There is a long list of city and state ordinances that regulate "Entertainment establishments" such as noise and fire safety laws. On it's own, dancing is a healthy activity that contributes to a human communal spirit and has the capacity to create a more vibrant and equitable society.

Long history of protest, Dance Liberation Front in 1997:

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