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Dance meet fallout: Eden Prairie coaches out, others reprimanded

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Dance coaches at two more Minnesota high schools are being disciplined for their teams' snub of the Faribault squad at the state dance championships in February, and the entire coaching staff at a third school has resigned.

The Star Tribune reports that all the dance coaches at Eden Prairie High School have left the coaching staff.

The head coaches at Eastview and Chaska have been reprimanded and suspended for the first two meets of the next season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Teams from those schools and two others created a stir at the Class 3A State High Kick Championships. They protested during the awards ceremony because they believed the winning team, the Faribault Emeralds, stole their routine from another high school team in Utah.

The Faribault team denied plagiarizing the routine, and it was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Minnesota State High School League before the final round of competition.

The five teams – from Chaska, Eastview, Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Wayzata – were criticized for showing poor sportsmanship, and were subject to investigations by their local administrators and by the High School League.

Coaches, staff disciplined

In Eden Prairie, school district spokeswoman Jaclyn Swords said Tuesday all of the dance team coaches "made the decision not to continue in their coaching roles for next season," WCCO reports. The school has hired a new coach for the fall season.

At Eastview, which is in the Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley school district, the head coach received a "letter of deficiency" and will be suspended for the first two meets of next season, a school district spokesman told WCCO.

The Chaska coach was also given a written reprimand and a two-meet suspension, according to the Pioneer Press.

Coaches from two other schools were reprimanded earlier this month.

In Wayzata, the head dance coach was given a written reprimand and suspended for the first two meets of next season.

At Lakeville South, the activities director, the head dance coach, and five assistant coaches were all reprimanded by school administrators.

The teams from Chaska and Lakeville South also sent written apologies to the Faribault team.

The review of the incident is not yet over, though. The MSHSL is expected to review the penalties in June, according to the Pioneer Press.

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