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MSHSL settlement allows boys to join competitive dance teams

Dance team state tournaments were first held in 1975.

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, boys will be allowed to join competitive dance teams at schools that are members of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). 

The MSHSL announced Friday that it reached a settlement on a recent lawsuit filed by two boys seeking to join girls' dance teams at their high schools, Roseville and Hopkins. 

According to the Star Tribune, the initial lawsuit requested an injunction be placed on the dance teams to allow the boys participate, a request that was first denied by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson only to be overturned Mar. 6 in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

In a memorandum sent to member schools statewide, the MSHSL called itself a long time "leader in providing opportunities for males and females in both athletics and activities, as evidenced by the participation numbers in Minnesota high school athletics."

The MSHSL added that the settlement will "avoid protracted litigation" and allow them to prepare alongside the Minnesota Association of Dance for next year's competitive dance season. 

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"This settlement avoids protracted litigation and allows the MSHSL to work in partnership with our member schools and the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams (MADT) to prepare for the upcoming competitive dance team season.

"The MSHSL is grateful for the partnership and involvement of the MADT and our member schools, who have been key partners in providing outstanding opportunities in competitive dance and developing competitive dance team into the sport it is today."

Dance has been a girls-only sport since it's beginning in Minnesota schools, with the first state tournament dating back to 1975. 

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