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Lawsuit Brings Changes to MSHSL Dance Teams

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Lawsuit Brings Changes to MSHSL Dance Teams

Dmitri Moua practicing outdoors. Photo courtesy of Pacific Legal Foundation.

Dmitri Moua practicing outdoors. Photo courtesy of Pacific Legal Foundation.

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Dmitri Moua practicing outdoors. Photo courtesy of Pacific Legal Foundation.

Brian Feulner

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Dmitri Moua practicing outdoors. Photo courtesy of Pacific Legal Foundation.

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  “We are going to follow what the law says and the direction the Minnesota State High School League gives us,” said Wayzata Athletic Director Jaime Sherwood.
  After the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed an injunction in March, boys are now allowed to participate on their high school dance teams in the state of Minnesota until an official court decision is made.
  The legal battle began when two high school boys, Dmitri Moua of Roseville High School and Zach Greenwald of Hopkins High School, filed a lawsuit in July against the Minnesota State High School League after they were barred from participating on their school’s dance team. According to the Star Tribune, the two boys requested an injunction which would have allowed them to participate on the dance team while the court ruled on their case. Their injunction was denied by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson due to the league possibly falling out of Title IX compliance.
  The case was adopted by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a national non-profit legal organization. “[The] Pacific Legal Foundation took this case because the Constitution correctly limits the government’s ability to discriminate on the basis of sex,” said lead attorney Caleb R. Trotter. “MSHSL should not be permitted to prohibit boys from participating on high school dance teams solely due to their sex unless there is a very good reason for doing so.”
  According to Trotter, Minnesota is the last state in the United States to ban boys from dancing on their high school team.
  Greenwald said he was in his AP Calculus class when he found out the good news. “I did not want to disrupt the lecture so I silently freaked out in my seat and texted all of my friends,” said Greenwald “I was so relieved it was finally over.”
  At this time Sherwood said he is not sure whether this will impact Title IX balancing. “I think the unknown question is how does this look for offerings. Is it a girls offering with boys on it? Or is it a boys offering with girls on it?” said Sherwood.
  “For now, the case goes back down to the district court for discovery and a final decision as to whether MSHSL’s girls-only dance rules violates the Constitution and Title IX. It could take several months for a final decision,” said Trotter.
  “I dance at Velocity Dance and Theater in Chanhassen,” said Greenwald “I danced there all year round last season and won a regional grand championship with them.”
Greenwald says he will tryout for the Hopkins dance team next fall.

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