MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Faribault Emerald dance team took home the first place trophy in the class AAA high kick dance championship, but not without controversy. Many of their competitors claim they copied a dance and didn’t deserve the win.

Over the weekend, six teams competed in the high kick state competition at Target Center.

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On Saturday night, five of the dance teams — Wayzata, Eastview, Chaska, Lakeville South, and Eden Prairie — ignored instruction to line up for the awards ceremony.

Instead, they held hands and stood away from Faribault’s team as a protest to their first place finish.

In doing so, Wayzata and Eastview were not awarded their second and third place trophies.

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This comes after allegations that Faribault copied a dance from an out-of-state team.

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) investigated and sent out a letter this week to the other teams’ coaches, saying Faribault did not plagiarize a dance.

Ken Hubert, Faribault’s athletic director, said the MSHSL notified him of the allegations on Monday. He acknowledged that a couple of the dance moves are similar, but it’s just seconds in a four minute dance and did not break the rules.

He added that if you compare any of the dance routines, there are similarities in all of them.

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In an email, Dave Stead with the MSHSL said they won’t comment until it’s been fully reviewed by the league and others.