NYC votes to repeal 91-year-old law banning dancing in bars

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Posted: Oct 31, 2017 4:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Cut loose! New York City lawmakers have voted to legalize dancing in bars.

The City Council voted Tuesday to repeal a 91-year-old law that banned dancing at most nightspots. The anti-dancing law prohibits dancing in bars and restaurants that don't have a cabaret license.

Critics say the law originated as a racist attempt to police Harlem's 1920s jazz clubs and has continued to be enforced unfairly.

Nightlife advocates hailed the repeal.

John Barclay, a bar manager and founder of the Dance Liberation Network, said the law "has decimated New York City culture for the past century."

The repeal of the anti-dancing law will go to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has said he supports it. The repeal would go into effect 30 days after it's signed.