- Parade and Festival
The NYDP (New York Dance Police) was formed in Dance Parade’s inaugural year as a playful protest to the racist 1926 Cabaret Law that restricted dance to licensed venues. The NYDP squad mimics the “Cabaret Task Force” that in the Guiliani administration methodically fined and shut down nigtlife venues that allowed dancing. Despite the 2017 repeal of the Cabaret Law that restricted dance to licensed venues, 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.
We see this as a violation of our 1st Ammendment right of freedom of expression–After all, dancing is a healthy activity and there are numerous laws already in place to regulate nightlife.
Ahead of an anticipated hearing at City Hall later this year, the Dance Police has been asked to roam the city to encourage nightlife establishments to sign on to the cause at legalizedance.org and to have them post their petition at change.org/leagliedance
We will get the word out by dawning NDYP shirts, hats, whistles and issue these citations in the East Village and potentially other NYC neighborhoods:
Feel free to pass the invite to other friends or former NYDP members!