Cabaret Law REPEALED! 1926-2017 NY Times
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NYC's "No Dancing"
Cabaret Law Repealed!

Thank You

For almost a century NYC's Cabaret Law shut down cultural spaces for social dancing. Era after era the "No Dancing" law was a tool of discrimination weaponized against particular groups and establishments.

After 91 years, thanks to the tireless efforts of folks like you who stood up, showed up, and called their City Council Members, thanks to the groundswell support from coalitions of grassroots advocacy groups, thanks to political pioneers like NYC City Council Member Rafael L Espinal, David Mancuso, Frank Sinatra and so many others, discriminatory law is finally repealed!

YOU Let NYC Dance!

Repeal the Cabaret Law

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Did you know social dancing is illegal in NYC?

Sign Let NYC Dance Bill #1652. Repeal the racist 1926 'No Dancing' Cabaret Law. Call me back.


I Stand for Legalizing Dance

    NYC's Cabaret Law
  • Created in 1926 to halt interracial dancing in jazz clubs
  • Giuliani used to shutter gay bars and decimate culture
  • I love to dance and it should not be a crime
  • Fewer than 100 licensed spaces in all five boroughs
  • Arbitrary enforcement created present-day discrimination


Your historic pressure pushed New York City Council to introduce the bill to legalize dance. Now we need the majority of City Council to sign on. Call your City Council Member. Calling counts. 212-788-7210

New York City Council Members Now Signed On to the Let NYC Dance Bill

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