Group bands together in hopes of repealing NYC anti-dance law

The New York City cabaret law went into effect in 1926. It requires establishments open to the public to obtain a license before customers can dance.

The New York City cabaret law went into effect in 1926. It requires establishments open to the public to obtain a license before customers can dance. (3/30/17)

BROOKLYN - Residents of Brooklyn are fighting to repeal a Prohibition-era law repealed that puts rules on where people are allowed to dance.

The New York City cabaret law went into effect in 1926. It requires establishments open to the public to obtain a license before customers can dance.

And that license is nearly impossible to obtain, according to an anonymous venue owner in Brooklyn.

"You can do the research, you can talk to your attorneys … they will tell you that essentially it's out of reach and almost every possible situation it has been written specifically for the purpose of making it an impossible possibility for clubs to get this license," says the anonymous owner.

Patrons and venue owners alike say they are fighting for a repeal not only because it is an outdated law, but because anyone should be free to dance where they want.

Venue owners want to speak out to get the law repealed -- but they're scared they'll be shut down for doing so.

One of the groups is the Dance Liberation Network, which has created a petition with over 2,500 signatures in hopes of getting City Council's attention.

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