True story. Who knew Kevin Bacon's iconic anti-dance movie Footloose has been playing out in New York City bars for nearly a century? According to The New York Times way back in 1926 during Prohibition times law makers enacted a law called the 'Cabaret Law' which turned New York City bars into "no-dancing zones" and that law has had bar and nightclub owners covertly holding hoedowns ever since.

But the article reports this outdated law is set to end, with a bill to repeal it being voted on by the New York City Council this week. Rafael Espinal, the NYC councilman behind the bill said the law is "over" because he, "...has the 26 votes needed to pass it."

Why pass the anti-boogie/fun police law in the first place? The New York Times reports the 'Cabaret Law' was created to "patrol speakeasies" and placed restrictions on both musicians performing and anyone getting down - which left, " owners flicking the lights or playing Eleanor Rigby to still the crowd, lest they be fined or padlocked by the police in the midnight raids."

And while bar and club owners could apply for a cabaret licence which allowed dancing and live music - according to The New York Times getting a license is hard and expensive and filled with so much red tape only, "...97 out of the roughly 25,000 eating and drinking establishments (in New York City) have a cabaret licence."

With the news that the law is looking like it's on the way out locals and visitors to The Big Apple can finally (legally) cut loose.



Stepping up: New York City is repealing a crazy old anti-dancing law