High School Boy’s Fight To Dance Goes Federal

A Twin Ports boy’s fight to compete in Minnesota high school dance team competitions may now be headed to the national level after the legal foundation representing him filed a new complaint.

Sophomore Kaiden Johnson is on Superior’s High School dance team, but was forced to sit out of Minnesota competitions last year because Minnesota does not allow boys to be on the dance team.

The legal non-profit that represents him, the Pacific Legal Foundation says that rule is unconstitutional.

Last month, they sent the Minnesota High School league a letter threatening legal action, if the league didn’t change the rule. The deadline for a response has passed, and the legal foundation says the high school league hasn’t said anything at all.

“It’s hard to get into their head, maybe they feel they don’t want boys dancing,” said Joshua Thompson with the foundation. “If that’s they’re position, they’ll have to justify it in court.

The legal foundation says now they’ve filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

If the office for Civil Rights finds Minnesota’s rules are discriminatory it is possible that rules prohibiting male dancers would be stricken down in all states in the country.

The foundation also says they’ll now be taking the Minnesota High School League to court over this matter.