The All Ages Dance Ordinance “Initially Hailed – The City Dance Law Doesn’t Mean Much These Days”

May 2006

Live Event Industry

By Sharon Pian Chan in the Seattle Times

An interesting tale of well meant but useless regulation, based on permits for venues meant to promote safer clubs. Seattle officials boasted four years ago they had found a way to protect their youth from sexual predators, alcohol and drugs at dance parties. The All-Ages Dance Ordinance would require anyone who holds a dance admitting kids younger than 18 to apply for a City permit, undergo a criminal background check and hire a certain number of security guards. It transpires that the permits are rarely applied for and breaches are even more rarely enforced: even a city funded teen venue doesn’t hold a permit!

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