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Only in America: The art of stripping

A strip club claims it should be tax exempt because its services qualify as "art" — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

To qualify for a tax exemption, a New York strip club is arguing in court that its naked dancers' services amount to "art." Lawyers for Albany's Nite Moves insist that the business needn't pay sales tax on admissions fees or lap dances because titillating gyrations arguably fall under the category of "live dramatic or musical performances." The tax men, however, contend that a nude dancer is not "engaging in genuine choreographic dance performance when she removes her clothing."