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Superior boy fighting for right to compete in high school dance team competitions

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A Wisconsin teen and his mother are searching for justice after he was prohibited from competing in a Minnesota dance competition - because of his gender.

For Kaiden Johnson dance is like a second language. 

"Dance has always been a form of self-expression to me," said Kaiden.

Kaiden started to dance before he could crawl.

 "You could see his face light up when he was dancing and when he heard music... so I knew as a mom this is where we are going and this is what he's going to do," said Kaiden's mother, Miranda Lynch. 

That all changed a year ago when Kaiden was getting ready to compete in Wisconsin at a Lake Superior Conference with Minnesota schools.
Officials told Kaiden he couldn't compete because of his gender.

 "I was just heartbroken and I was so sad that all of my hard work was just wasted," said Kaiden.

The decision comes from a Minnesota Title IX  rule that says boys can't be on the dance team.

During the competition, last Dec., Minnesota judges were ruling so they had to comply with Minnesota rules.

"I was angry," said Lynch.

Kaiden's mother, Miranda says she didn't know about the bylaw but it needs to change immediately.

"We raise our children, teaching them- do whatever you want, be whatever you want, just be proud of who you are and be happy with what you do yet we are telling kids that they can't dance," said Lynch.

Since then, Pacific Legal Foundation has stepped in to help fight against the clause in Title IX.

"They said hey we heard your story and we'd love to represent you in this and it's violating his rights and we want to help you guys fix that," said Lynch.

The foundation sent a letter on Tuesday to The Minnesota State High School League saying that they want Kaiden to be allowed to dance.

"Why can't a boy dance with his team? There's no physical contact of any kind," said Lynch.

Kaiden's attorney says this is a case of equal rights and wouldn't stand in court. 

 "We don't believe that that reason that the MSHSL is discriminating against Kaiden would survive constitutional scrutiny," said Attorney for this case, Joshua P. Thompson.

The foundation has set a November 3rd deadline for MSHSL to rescind their policy. 
If the MSHSL doesn't comply, Pacific Legal Foundation will take further legal action.

As for Kaiden, he just wants to be able to dance with his teammates again and pursue it after school.

"Who knows I could be a choreographer or a dancer on Broadway," said Kaiden.
 

KBJR 6 did reach out to MSHSL and they said they do not comment on pending or threatened litigation. 

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