Linking the Stories

Happy Monday friends! If you aren’t working today, lucky duck, I hope you’re enjoying the day! I worked a few hours yesterday, so this morning I’m taking a couple minutes to type up a post in response to the Minnesota State High School League Dance Tournament.


First of all, HUGE shout out to the 36 teams who made it the State Tournament. Not all teams get to advance, so they should be proud of themselves.

News coverage for the Dance Team State Tournament has always been minimal. The Star Tribune does the best reporting that I’ve seen out of all news sources, especially with last year’s opinion piece “Dance team: A sport that doesn’t get the respect it deserves“. On Friday night after the Jazz competition WCCO did have a short piece (1:14 minutes), however they spent much more time detailing Hockey Sections (2:55 minutes).

The schedule for the State Tournament is always similar. Class A Finals are at 5:30 with awards following, then Class AA and Class AAA dance finals, with Class AA awards, brief break, and then Class AAA awards. I volunteer for a Class A team, we stayed until Class AA awards and then got on the bus back to the hotel. While on our ride back I started seeing strange reports on twitter. A couple text messages and phone calls from friends who were still in the stands gave me the update. Fairbault won.

I spent most of the night on twitter watching the conversation, and tweeting at news coverage wondering when they were going to weigh in. While they all dropped the ball as it was happening, days later we have everyone weighing in. Sunday afternoon I found a report, this morning the first thing in my facebook newsfeed was that had picked up the story. Patrick Reusse who I had the privileged of meeting when I was an intern for the Edina Chamber of Commerce has put in his two cents.;;playerWidth=620;playerHeight=349;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11139871;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=CBS.MINN%252Fworldnowplayer;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=overlay

And WCCO had coverage that aired on Sunday evening, however it solely outlined the controversy and did not acknowledge the 30 other teams that competed on Saturday.

I’m sure this is not the end of the controversy, but I hope everyone is keeping their eyes and ears open and learning from the situation. Also, if you’re reading the articles I listed, I strongly encourage you not to read the comments, that’s where the trolls hang out, and there is no winning in that debate.


  1. KARE11 had a story about it last night and interviewed the coaches. I admittedly don’t know more than what they showed. But those coaches seemed shady and unapologetic. I thought of you when I saw it. Crazy story either way.

    1. Thank you for sharing that Kare11 had coverage also, its great that dance is being talked about, but I wish they had been covering the tournament before the controversy started!

  2. I was following the story on Twitter bc of your tweets–it seems kind of split as far as public opinion is concerned. I was seeing a lot of praise for the teams for standing up for what they thought was right (against plagerism) on one hand but then disappointment for bad sportsmanship on the other. Tough situation, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

    1. It’s definitely a split decision, and I think multiple people could have tweaked their response along the way and there may have been a better outcome.

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