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Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Expels Gay Student For Doing Adult Films

Jeppe Hansen

22-year-old dancer Jeppe Hansen was accepted to the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and received a scholarship for their professional division in September 2012. Then officials discovered that in his short time attending the school Jeppe chose to act in porn. Officials decided was no longer welcome in the school, reports CBC.

Jeppe decided to do porn after being frustrated by what he viewed as the constraints of ballet. Porn was a side project that would allow him to be the artist he wants to be, while ballet "is restrictive. Everyone tells you what you have to do, how to look, what to weigh, how to perform [and] be the artist you are."

Emmy-award-winning producer Jake Jaxson, the owner of the site that Jeppe performed for, shares a similar sentiment in regards to the artistic value of porn and is trying to blur the lines between mainstream and adult entertainment. He wants to make films that have storylines as well as sex, and points out that the extreme violence present in many films is not regarded as being outside of the mainstream. This echoes James Franco in Interior. Leather Bar. when he stated "Sex should be a storytelling tool, but we’re so f**king scared of it," and pointed out how the common and natural acts of sex - gay sex in particular - are subjected to much higher levels of censorship than extreme violence.

Though a victim of the sex-phobic culture that insists on the dichotomoy that "porn is bad" but consumes it en masse, slut-shaming the actors who dare perform in it all the while, Jeppe insists that his dancing career is not over. For now, he is taking a break until he can find a place where he can fit in.

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  1. Wow -- if someone turns to porn because the body-image issues of ballet are too restrictive, that REALLY says something bad about ballet!

    I wish him well!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 9, 2013 9:30:31 AM


  2. It's appalling that a school would be so narrow minded and reactionary.
    So much for Canada nice.

    The real question: did he perform blow jobs on point???!!!!

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jul 9, 2013 9:44:03 AM


  3. Porn is not about sex. Porn is about the marketing of sex. Big difference. At heart, it's a form of prostitution.

    Let's not elevate this tawdry profession to the level of sex. Most porn performers are drug addicts who need the money.

    Posted by: Jason | Jul 9, 2013 9:44:08 AM


  4. I hope he can continue his dancer's education somehow and somewhere.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 9, 2013 9:46:56 AM


  5. Wow, Christian, viewpoint much? Take your "reporting" to a different website, please.

    Posted by: ColinATL | Jul 9, 2013 9:49:23 AM


  6. Dance and porn.
    Jeppe is living the single gay ballerino dream.
    Try the Joffrey.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 9, 2013 9:51:12 AM


  7. Um, DUH ballet is about control. It's a difficult type of dance. If he wants to be some kind of interpretive dancer and do whatever he wants, then he shouldn't complain, but he also shouldn't say that sucking a cock makes him "the artist that he wants to be" either. He's having sex. Nothing more.

    Posted by: J Y | Jul 9, 2013 10:02:51 AM


  8. I don't watch porn for a "story." I watch it because I want to see men having sex with each other.

    BTW, where can I see this kid doing his stuff?

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 9, 2013 10:03:23 AM


  9. Porn is not art. Erotica is art. But 90% of porn is not art, it's exploitation. I'd have more respect for the kid if he had just said he needed the money. Most folks can understand money issues, especially if you're broke and you get an opportunity like this which costs boh-koo money. But not trying to play the 'for the art!' card.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 9, 2013 10:04:11 AM


  10. What's wrong with combining ballet and porn? Gives a whole new meaning to "Grand Plie"!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 9, 2013 10:04:46 AM


  11. "Emmy-award-winning producer Jake Jaxson, the owner of the site that Jeppe performed for, shares a similar sentiment in regards to the artistic value of porn and is trying to blur the lines between mainstream and adult entertainment. He wants to make films that have storylines as well as sex, and points out that the extreme violence present in many films is not regarded as being outside of the mainstream."


    Movies which exploit violence are not art, they're exploitative and usually looked down on, even if they make a lot of money.

    Sounds like Jake Jaxson pulled the same kind of number on this kid, that Gallo pulled on Sevigny in order to make Brown Bunny -- or that that sleazeball pulled on Irene Cara in the original film version of Fame. If you remember that set of scenes, and you're like me, it will haunt you for the rest of your life.

    What a waste. Jaxson is slime to screw this kid like this.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 9, 2013 10:09:19 AM


  12. @Zeta, give it a rest. He's 22 years old. He's been an adult for FOUR years. He's not a poor little kid. If anything, he's just a stupid flake.

    Posted by: J Y | Jul 9, 2013 10:12:22 AM


  13. So, he's only NOW realizing that ballet is about control of every aspect of one's life? That should have been clear within a year of him starting serious training as a kid.

    If he thinks any ballet company will hand over a valued slot to a guy who's a porn actor, he's delusional, as is "Jake Jaxson". Maybe women like their porn with a bit of acting and story and romance, but no guy I've known who watches porn watches it for the acting or storylines.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 9, 2013 10:24:11 AM


  14. Don't do porn if you don't want it getting out,simply as that.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 9, 2013 10:26:28 AM


  15. Maybe he turned down an invite to one of RWB's "drug fueled orgies" by the lake?...lots of sexual abuse in that company...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 9, 2013 10:29:28 AM


  16. I think he was a little naive to think he wouldn't get kicked out. I don't think he was trying to hide it either (he did a photoshoot for Vice magazine). In any case, Cockyboys is a good company; at least seemingly a lot more friendly to its actors than some studios out there. Hopefully, he'll find some support there.

    Posted by: Hugh | Jul 9, 2013 10:31:37 AM


  17. http://jttblack.tumblr.com

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 9, 2013 10:37:06 AM


  18. Maybe he was just using ballet as a stepping stone to launch his porn career?

    I think if they let him stay they woulda sold a lot more tickets.

    Posted by: basket watching, anyone? | Jul 9, 2013 10:48:25 AM


  19. I don't know how good a dancer he is, but his porn was pretty terrific. I wish him the best.

    Posted by: Mona | Jul 9, 2013 10:52:59 AM


  20. http://youtu.be/M_cOwCKODgs

    First Position is a great documentary that shows just how hard it is to even be considered for a great dance school and the sacrifices it takes. Ballet IS a very restricted, pretty antiquated artform but that is why modern dance and other forms were created that incorporate some ballet. It sucks to lose your spot but if you show the slightest insistence of not giving yourself 100% to ballet, schools will kick you out for one of the the hundreds of kids waiting and hungering for your chance.

    Posted by: Toto | Jul 9, 2013 10:57:23 AM


  21. Porn by its very definition is utilitarian. It serves a purpose--it gets you off.

    Art on the other hand is not utilitarian. It serves many functions and it stimulates many emotions and thoughts (and the best art can stimulate lots of contradictory emotions at once). While I believe, there is room for sexually explicit art . . . I don't know if there's porn that becomes art (of course Tom of Finland just came to mind, but perhaps there's an element of kitsch that has elevated his stuff to art in my eyes).

    That said, I really don't know why someone couldn't be porn performer and a dancer or other type of artist. I'm not a consumer of porn, but I don't know why we can't have a healthy relationship to it in our society. So A--it's properly contextualized as fantasy (too many people . . . gay men in particular . . . view porn as aspirational/educational and that's really sad) B--the performers are treated better and wouldn't be prone to addictions/abuse/stigma

    Posted by: Ale-Alejandro | Jul 9, 2013 10:57:26 AM


  22. bottom line, no pun intended, we live in a sex-phobic culture.

    we do.

    photos of you get leaked brandishing guns? you're a patriot. photos leaked of you stroking your member, in private? you're a source of shame.

    why?

    because when someone else sees (or even hears about) you in a sexual situation, it brings to mind their own sexual inadequacies. and since "you" weren't inadequate, you're to be punished.

    our culture celebrates and promotes sex while at the same time punishing people for it. it's preposterous.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 9, 2013 11:03:30 AM


  23. A google image search on Jett Black nude brings forth a ton of images, that's for sure.

    Posted by: Ken | Jul 9, 2013 11:12:35 AM


  24. Here's our boy expressing himself:
    http://www.myvidster.com/video/11544202/Only_Gay_-Porn_Videos-_Photos_HDCockyBoys_Gabriel_Clark_pounds_Jett_Black/comments/0

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 9, 2013 11:15:11 AM


  25. So, what? Porn isn't body conscious and restrictive, also? Ballet companies, like porn studios, have a look, style, and brand to them. You don't fit that brand--out you go. I see no issue here other than Jeppe having a wah-wah moment. Such childishness. He's obviously immature.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 9, 2013 12:21:27 PM


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