There has been a new development which is very hopeful, in the long struggle to repeal the cabaret laws.
From the LegalizeDancingNYC list -
JUNE 2005 -
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CITY: CABARET LAWS LIMIT FREE EXPRESSION!
On June 23, 2005, Plaintiffs John Festa, Gotham West Coast Swing Club, Byron Cox, Ian Dutton and Meredith Stead, four social dancers and a social dance organization, sued the city and consumer affairs in NY State Court to enjoin the operation of the licensing and zoning cabaret restrictions based on the dancers' rights of free expression.
LDNYC fully supports the dancers and their lawsuit and believes it is finally time for New York City to rid itself of these absurd, regressive, antiquated, and anti-economic Cabaret Laws, which make it technically illegal to dance in the vast majority of establishments.
Send all inquiries regarding the lawsuit to NYU Law Professor Paul Chevigny