High school boys fighting in court to join dance teams

December 12, 2018 06:21 PM

Two high school boys are suing the Minnesota State High School League over a rule barring them from joining the competitive dance teams at their respective schools.

The two, Dmitri Moua, a Roseville Area High School junior, and Zach Greenwald, a Hopkins High School junior, want to dance year-round and compete for their schools, but league rules prohibit boys from joining.  


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"If I was a girl, I would have been on this team," Greenwald said.

"I get to come to the practices and watch the competitions, and see everything behind the scenes... but I don't get to enjoy the spotlight."

Attorneys for the MSHSL argued in federal court Wednesday that the league is trying to prevent discrimination as well.

They said the rules preventing boys from joining exist because females are typically underrepresented in competitive sports and programs. And that allowing males into certain programs means females could potentially be displaced.

For now, Greenwald and Moua are acting as the dance team managers at their schools. But they say they are eager to step into the spotlight.

"I've been practicing at home, learning the dances just in case there is a chance we can compete for sections and some of these other competitions," Moua said.

A written opinion deciding the matter is expected in the coming days or weeks. There is pressure to reach a resolution soon since the state dance competition is scheduled for February. 

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