Studio Owners

Stop! Make Sure You DON'T Deduct These Items on Your Taxes


You can't deduct everything. Nondeductible business-related items include:

Commuting costs from your home to your studio Note, though, that trips from your studio to other business locations (theaters, dancewear stores) are not commuting, so those costs are deductible.

Contributions of your time to a charitable organization Helping a local school with a holiday production is on you—you can't deduct what you would have charged for your time but didn't.

Fines and penalties, including parking fines.

Capital improvements If you own your studio and put on a new roof, you usually have to recover your cost through annual depreciation allowances. Merely adding a new coat of paint isn't a capital improvement, though—so it's deductible.

Pro Tip: Contributions to your own account in a retirement plan aren't a business deduction, but you can take a personal deducation for them. (Don't have a plan set up for 2017? You can set up and fund a Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, up to the extended due date of your return, which effectively shelters your profits and helps you save for retirement.) —Barbara Weltman

Teacher Voices

There were plenty of reasons why we were happy to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell, but for tap dancers, the end of such a difficult year was the final curtain on a decade in which the art form experienced remarkable growth.

Over the past 10 years, The School at Jacob's Pillow launched its first-ever tap programs; companies such as Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher & Company emerged and produced award-winning work; Operation Tap became an important voice in online tap education; the American Tap Dance Foundation established its new home in Greenwich Village; The Kennedy Center presented its first full-length tap concert; and so much more.

As the new year sees tap dance trying to maintain this positive momentum despite the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, we invited several of the field's living legends to meet on Zoom and discuss how they perceive the current state of tap dance and tap education.

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Teacher Voices
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Though the #MeToo movement has spurred many dancers to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, the dance world has yet to have a full reckoning on the subject. Few institutions have made true cultural changes, and many alleged predators continue to work in the industry.

As Chanel DaSilva's story shows, young dancers are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of the power differential between teacher and student. We spoke with eight experts in dance, education and psychology about steps that dance schools could take to protect their students from sexual abuse.

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