"In our view, there can be no serious question that - at a bare minimum - petitioner failed to meet its burden of establishing that the private dances offered at its club were choreographed performances,"
Justice John Egan Jr.
A court this week ruled against a strip club who claimed their services being "dramatic or musical arts performances" were exempt from sales tax. The ruling was based on the fact that the dancers have no formal dance training, often learning from videos or other dancers. The legal case for the club included a sociologist who testified that these dances were choreographed, skilled and culturally significant.
The ruling will be appealed. The lawyer said "'This is a free speech issue. The state doesn’t get to be dance critic'. I tend to agree. If a ballet has dancers without formal training will it also be strip of its tax exemption?
Of course, the real solution is "Max's School of Fine Lap Dance" now accepting admissions.