Locals sound off on boy barred from high school dance competition

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) A divisive debate about where high school girls and boys should, and shouldn't dance is leading to a possible law suit for the Minnesota State High School League.

It's over a Wisconsin boy barred from dancing with his team in Minnesota.

The law firm representing the boy said the Minnesota High School League is violating his constitutional rights.

Kaiden Johnson a 15-year-old high school student in Wisconsin is barred from dancing with his team when he crosses state lines into Minnesota. His legal team said it doesn't make sense, in Minnesota girls can play football, but boys can't dance. Now, dancers here are weighing in on who should be allowed to take the floor.

Bonnie Haney has been teaching dance for, "many, many, years," she said.

She's getting her dancers ready for the nutcracker ballet in their holiday show. In a sport usually dominated by girls.

"Men come in an steal the show sometimes," Shawn Viseth said.

Today, it's the boys in the spotlight.

While they're focusing on ballet now, Haney said she's taught it all.

"Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish celtic dance...," she said.

She could go on... but, it's not just the type of dances that are different.

"It's all different types of dance all different people," Haney said.

Which is why she was surprised to hear the Minnesota State High School League is keeping a boy from competing.

"I'm kind of surprised because I haven't even heard of this myself. I've known some guys that are on competition teams and they really, so many times, really welcomed it," Haney said.

These guys, say they've only ever had good experiences in the dance studio. But, are befuddled about the situation in Minnesota.

"It's really, really odd to me. I just don't understand why they won't let him dance," Viseth said.

We asked the Moorhead high school dance team if they've ever encountered something like this, the coach their said, they openly encourage guys to try dancing and are even open to the idea of them competing.

The Pacific Legal Foundation, the firm representing the Wisconsin boy, said they need to change the rules or get sued.

The law firm said they have until November 3rd to re-write their rules or face litigation.