5.60 Public Dances
5.60.020 Inspection by police.
5.60.030 Closing days and hours.
5.60.040 Lighting requirements.
5.60.050 Disorderly conduct.
5.60.010 DEFINITIONS. The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall for the purposes herein have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
(1) "Dancing academy" means a regularly established place maintained or conducted for the purpose of giving instructions in dancing, for which instructions the person maintaining or conducting the same makes a bona fide selection or choice of the persons so instructed or to be so instructed therein, and contracts specially with each such person for a specified series of lessons in dancing to be given on different dates;
(2) "Public dance" means
(A) any dance to which admission can be had by payment of a fee or by the purchase, possession or presentation of a ticket or token, or
(B) any dance to which a person may gain admission without invitation, or
(C) any dance to which an invitation may be procured by more than fifty persons, or by anyone who cannot be identified at the time of the issuance of the invitation by the sender, or
(D) any gathering of persons upon any premises where dancing is participated in, either as the main purpose for such gathering or as an incident to some other purpose to which the public is admitted.
(3) Provided that none of the following shall be considered a public dance:
(A) The normal activities of a dancing academy,
(B) A dance given and paid for by an individual or individuals entirely for social purposes where invitations are issued by the individual or individuals giving the dance, to persons known to such individual or individuals, and no admission fee is charged, no food or beverages are sold on the premises to those invited to the dance,
* For the statutory provisions directing the mayor or chief of police to provide a sufficient number of police to attend and keep the peace at public meetings see Cal. Gov. C.A. § 38638. For the license fee for a public dance, see Section 5.24.210.
and the public is not admitted either for the purpose of dancing or otherwise, and the dancing is not an incident to any other purpose,
(C) A dance given or sponsored by the park and recreation department, any church or church group, the board of education of any school district within the city, any parochial or private school board or group, and
(D) A dance given by a bona fide club or fraternal organization. (Prior code § 62.12).
5.60.020 INSPECTION BY POLICE. Any police officer of the city, whether in uniform or in civilian clothes, upon proper identification, shall be admitted without charge to any public dance at any time for the purpose of inspecting the conduct of those participating in the dancing and to determine that the provisions of this chapter are being properly complied with. (Ord. 1979-34 § 2, 1979: prior code § 62.19).
5.60.030 CLOSING DAYS AND HOURS. No person shall conduct or assist in conducting any public dance between the hours of two a.m. and twelve noon on any day. (Ord. 1979-34 § 3, 1979: prior code § 62.20).
5.60.040 LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS. All places where public dances are held must at all times when open for dancing therein be reasonably lighted throughout, and the volume of illumination must not vary during the time such public dance is open to the public. (Ord. 1979-34 § 4 (part), 1979: prior code § 62.21).
5.60.050 DISORDERLY CONDUCT. No person in charge of, or assisting in the conduct of, any public dance shall permit any person therein, and no person shall enter, or remain therein, who is in an intoxicated, boisterous or disorderly condition. (Ord. 1979-34 § 4 (part), 1979: prior code § 62.22).
5.60.060 MINORS. No person under eighteen years of age shall enter, be, or dance in or at any public dance, and no parent or guardian of a person under eighteen years of age, or the proprietor or person in charge of any public dance, shall permit any such minor person to enter, be, or dance in or at any public dance, unless accompanied by the parent or guardian of such minor or by an adult authorized in writing by such parent or guardian to accompany such minor, or unless such dance is sponsored or supervised by adults approved and accepted by one such parent, or guardian; provided that:
(1) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent such a person under the age of eighteen years from being in a bona fide hotel, cafe or other place where meals are regularly served, and where a public dance is being held; and
(2) Nothing in this section shall apply to children under the age of five years. (Ord. 1979-34 § 4 (part), 1979; prior code § 62.23).