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Minnesota boys to be allowed on high school dance teams

ST. PAUL -- Boys will be allowed to compete on Minnesota high school dance teams beginning next school year.

The Minnesota State High School League recently sent out a memo to school activities directors announcing the change. The competitive dance teams had been all-girl, prompting a lawsuit by two boys wanting to compete.

The League “has agreed to a settlement of the recent lawsuit that will allow boys to participate … beginning with the 2019-2020 season,” the memo states. The deal avoids a protracted legal fight, the message continues.

A federal appeals court ruled in March that two boys at the center of the lawsuit be allowed to try out for the teams in their schools.

Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald, juniors at high schools in Roseville and Hopkins, respectively, sued the MSHSL after their schools prohibited them from participating because the MSHSL bylaws did not allow boys to compete on high school dance teams.

Represented by the California-based Pacific Legal Foundation, Moua and Greenwald argued the bylaws violate their 14th Amendment right to equal protection. While the case works its way through federal courts, the boys sought an injunction that would allow them to compete in the meantime. An appeals panel in St. Paul overturned an earlier denial of the injunction in March.