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New York City looks to repeal nearly 100-year-old law banning dancing in bars

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 07:23:28-04

New York City officials say they support getting rid of a nearly century-old law that bans dancing at a majority of the city's bars and restaurants.
    
Lindsay Greene, a senior adviser to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, said Thursday at a City Council hearing that City Hall supports new legislation that would repeal the cabaret law, which makes dancing illegal without a cabaret license. Out of more than 20,000 bars and restaurants in the city, fewer than 100 actually have the license.
    
Greene says there are better ways than the current law to create a strong nightlife economy while ensuring safety.
    
The law was originally enacted in 1926 during Prohibition. Councilman Rafael Espinal, D-Brooklyn, introduced the bill to repeal the law, saying dancing doesn't need to be licensed.