Superior Male Dancer Speaks About Fighting For Change
Non-Profit Legal Foundation Works To Change Policy That Prohibits Boys From Dance Team
A Superior High school Sophomore is reacting to the news that he could finally get his wish to compete in dance competitions in Minnesota before the season starts.
As a freshman Kaiden Johnson made the superior dance team last year, but learned soon after that he wasn’t allowed to compete in competitions with Minnesota judges.
The reasoning is that in Minnesota, boys aren’t allowed to be on the dance team due to a rule that keeps males from participating in female-dominated sports, including dance.
“I am hoping males will be able to dance,” said Johnson. “It’s so upsetting to know that they can’t do what they want to do. I hope not only I can dance, but many others will be able to do what they want to do.”
Since FOX 21 aired a story about Kaiden last May, a non-profit called the Pacific Legal Foundation has taken up his case. They say that rule violates males’ constitutional rights.
And they’re ready to take the Minnesota high school league to court unless they change the rule.
Kaiden’s mother Miranda Lynch says the legal help is very promising, as she didn’t gain much traction trying to get the rule changed on her own.
“It’s been awesome, something we wanted to change but had no idea how to go about doing it,” said Lynch. “So when the PFL came along saying ‘We will represent you guys’ Its been huge!”
The Pacific Legal Foundation says it sent a letter to the Minnesota High School League, asking them to allow boys to dance, or face a federal lawsuit. The league has three weeks to make a decision. The league has not responded to our request for comment.