Video: Ballet Student Kicked Out Of School For Performing In Gay Porn
A 22-year-old ballet dancer has accused the Royal Winnepeg Ballet of kicking him out of its school after he appeared in gay pornography.
And NO, the clip (below) is not gay pornography.
Jeppe Hansen, 22, had danced on stages around the world and studied in Montreal, New York City and his native Denmark before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in September 2012.
Hansen beat out many others for a spot and a scholarship in the prestigious dance school's professional division.
"My identity is built on being a ballet dancer," he told CBC News.
"For me to come there was a big opportunity for me."
But earlier this year, Hansen appeared in his first pornographic video — a side project and an opportunity, he said, to express himself in a new way — and RWB officials found out.
"They told me … they didn't have any space for me because I did porn," he said.
He accused the ballet company of unfairly trying to define what constitutes art.
"You cannot be in a company or with the school or whatever because you've decided to take a different standpoint artistically — not because you physically can't do it, or because you're not good enough," Hansen said.
"Being told because you're doing something else that's interrupting with what we think you can do is really difficult because they know it's your passion, they know that that's what you live off. They know my entire identity's built on it. So it was really difficult to be told that and to be told, 'You know what? There's no space for you here.'"
The school maintains that it has a code of conduct for students though CBC only found this vague reference in the RWB school handbook:
"Please note that RWB School Professional Division students are not permitted to perform outside of the RWB School without permission from the RWB School Director. Any student wishing to participate in any additional dance program during RWB School breaks must also receive approval from the RWB School Director in advance. Requests for authorization must be submitted in writing."
What do you think, Instincters? Was Jeppe unfairly kicked out of the program?
FYI, Jeppe's "adult" performance name is Jett Black, so do with that what you will. Probably best not to do it at work though.