Dancing VS the State


The Story of NYC's Biggest Music Venue That Almost Never Happened

After a shaky start, Cityfox finally have the green-light to open the Brooklyn Mirage. But it took more than money to get there.


Montreal's Stonewall: How the Sex Garage Raid Mobilized a Generation of LGBT Activists

What we can learn from the aftermath of the July 1990 police attack on an after-hours party 27 years later.


Is Sydney Finally Ready to Be a Party City Again?

Now that much-maligned Premier Mike Baird has resigned, we investigate if the city’s controversial lockout laws are likely to be rolled back—as well as how badly the scene has suffered.


Inside the German Electro Classic That Taught Anti-Fascists How to Party

Ten years ago, Egotronic came out with a song that had a lasting impact on the way Germany’s (radical) left-wing scene thinks about parties and electronic music


You Have Rights When You're at The Club—Know Them

Stand your ground when you’re out with these tips from nightlife attorney Cameron Bowman.


We Talk About How to Party Safer on Episode 3 of The Thump Podcast

DanceSafe's Kellye Green and the Drug Policy Alliance Stefanie Jones join THUMP to talk harm reduction and drug policing at the club.


How to Throw a Party That's Safe—No Matter Where You're Throwing It

Architect S. Surface gives us their best tips for fire safety, proper exits, disability accessibility, and more.


The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The cabaret law—and its prejudicial history—is one of the city's darkest secrets.


7 Movie Scenes That Show the Uneasy Relationship Between Clubs and the Law

The movies show nightclubs as places of vigilante justice, tax evasion scandals, and political resistance—just like real life.


How Toronto's Electronic Community Fought the City's Rave Ban and Won

An oral history of the 2000 iDance Rally that brought together DJs, music lovers, and politicians.


Are Sex Parties Legal? We Spoke to A Veteran Promoter To Find Out

Sex-positive communities navigate a complex set of archaic laws regulating morality.


The Lessons 'Footloose' Can Teach Us About Political Resistance

After a law banning dancing threatened a Valentine's Day event in Oklahoma—in 2017—we look to the goofy musical for answers.