Gay Ballet Dancer Ditches Ballet To Do Porn Because It Is "ART"
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.
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.
According to Hansen, school administrators asked him to sign a letter stating that he voluntarily withdrew from the program.
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.'"
Hansen said he left the school in late March. In April, he left Winnipeg and moved to New York City to pursue adult entertainment full-time under the screen name Jett Black.
Hansen said adult film producers had approached him during his time in Montreal, but he declined their offers. But he had a change of heart earlier this year, as he grew frustrated by the constraints of ballet.
"It was more important for me to be me and to do the things I wanted to do for once, and not what everyone else wanted," Hansen said.
"Being a ballet dancer 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."
Hansen appeared in his first pornographic video in February with the website CockyBoys.
In addition to sex-only videos, the website's owner, Emmy-award-winning producer Jake Jaxson, says he's trying to blur the lines between mainstream entertainment and adult entertainment with films that include a plot along with sex scenes.
"The films are meant to be entertaining and sexual at the same time," Jaxson said.
Jaxson said his films challenge what society considers to be mainstream and the kind of artists the public celebrates.
"I don't like movies that show young people's heads cut off or their arms ripped from their body. And everyone goes and watches that … and those performers are not looked at as being outside of the mainstream," Jaxson said.
"Personally, I find that not acceptable for me in my kind of entertainment, but I just choose not to pay for it."
Added Hansen, "To me no one can tell me what art is. Art is what you and I define art by."
Hansen said he's currently enjoying pursuing adult entertainment full-time, but admits that he misses being a full-time dancer.
"It's such a big part of your life. I really do [miss dancing] and your body also misses it," he said.
Isn't Jaxson the porn connection to Glenn Greenwald/Edward Snowden? I've heard all sorts of creepy things about Jaxson, and it seems like everything he touches is, shall we say, suspect.
Too bad for Hansen. So many kids find out the hard way that when you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
R8 he sees porn as performance art.
You don't agree with that?
Anything is easier in ballet.
@R9: in a word, no. Nobody watches porn for the story. Or, perhaps better stated, you can watch mainstream films for titillation, and performance art can be explicit, but porn is porn.
The real question is why so many pornographers think they can breach the wall between, well, porn and film. Just because you can watch them both on your TV (although nobody watches porn on their TV any more) does not make them similar - not even close. We could start a DL meme: porn is to art like:
Cheese wiz is to Port Salud. You can put them both on a cracker, but I wouldn't give anything that is legally required to put the words "cheese food" on the container to my guests, any more than I'd pop in Jaxson's "art" at a dinner party. Unless I was being ironic. And even then...
I feel bad for Hansen. He was manipulated by Jaxson and now he's paying the price. I know a couple of guys who've made commercial porn, and they all regret doing it. And not for the obvious reason; none has said anything like "my life is ruined!" or, like Hansen, lost their job (but then again, they weren't in careers before the public); they just generally have said it wasn't a good experience. And one who worked with Jaxson said he's not the kind of guy you'd want as a friend (and I'm trying to be nice here... like I said, I've heard a lot of creepy stuff about him).
I hope he likes the pole because that's the only dancing he'll be doing now.
Give me a break, the guy is looking to get laid.
He'd better start drinking some protein shakes and eating some beefsteak if he wants a career in porn.
She's as nelly as pink curtains!
[quote]you can watch mainstream films for titillation, and performance art can be explicit, but porn is porn.
We watch porn for the dickillation.
You are too much, Mrs Patrick Campbell...LOL!
Please. He was a minor league dancer with no future. And a whore who wanted to get fucked on screen. You cunts are so gullible.
It's probably what Madonna would have done if she hadn't discovered music.
[quote] Give me a break, the guy is looking to get laid.
Then he should have stayed where he was. Male ballet dancers are, with few exceptions, gay, beautiful, and available.
I feel sorry for his parents. It takes a huge investment of cash and time to make even the lowliest professional ballet dancer. His mother probably spent all of her afternoons waiting in the dance studio, weekends traveling for comps and recitals, evenings fixing costumes for her little Baryshnikov.
Sadly for him, he looks like Dakota Fanning. His foreskin is great, though - it's so tight that it doesn't look fully retractable.
Wow -- a gay ballet dancer? Will wonders never cease?
[quote] He was a minor league dancer with no future.
No ballet dancer can really be said to have a future--they all age out so quickly. But the great dancers can become artistic directors of small companies, the good dancers can teach, and the good (to mediocre) dancers with brains can make a career from choreography. And all of this is much easier is you're a male dancer.
If he's smart, he'll create his own trademark porn move: A pre-lubed running Grand jete where gravity lands his split just above his partner to have his Ouvert opened.
[quote] Nobody watches porn for the story.
No, this knucklehead thinks people watch porn for the art.
At least he got with a good Corps de Porn. I like the Cocky Boys boys more than most. TTYTT, I hardly notice other "brands." All those Skip Goy names run together in my mind, and I only infrequently really like one of their models.
I'm betting he'll end up as a yoga instructor.
I told you Winnipeg is a hot place to meet guys.
He didn't "give up" anything. Ballet is even less financially rewarding and secure than porn. He is not exploited. Give it a rest, Goody Putnam!
R30: "Goody Putnam" = WW/laugh of the day.
In NYC, anyway, there's a fund that helps dancers transition to other careers after they age out of companies. I'm sure there are similar resources in Canada, probably even moreso. Does porn have a transition fund?
My opinion: This kid made a bad choice. He doesn't have the right look (at least currently) to get far in porn and he probably won't get another dancing job. Maybe if he switches to modern dance, but it's less prestigious and less $$ than ballet.
[quote] He didn't "give up" anything. Ballet is even less financially rewarding and secure than porn. He is not exploited. Give it a rest, Goody Putnam!
How much can he possibly make in porn? Certainly not enough to make a living which is why every porn star is on Craig's list selling himself. Poor guy to think anyone will be looking at porn artistically. He sounds awfully naive.
Whatever helps the poor dear sleep at night.
Porn is the marketing tool for hooking.
[quote]How much can he possibly make in porn?
unfortunately, probably more than in the dance world, a notoriously underpaid profession
He says he isn't gay, but bisexual.
He really doesn't do much to dispel the flighty airhead dancer stereotype.
Not terribly bright.
Maybe he can try out for "So You Think You Can Dance"
How much does the average dancer get paid a year, R36?
Well. He's certainly good at pointing his toes!
[quote]He says he isn't gay, but bisexual.
Maybe he can go into Stand-Up.
I was moved by the artistry of his porn work.
I had an orgasmic reaction upon viewing his porn...
"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."
This guy was never going to make it in ballet. A guy who's 22 and is still in a *school* program, and is not performing with a company, is a dancer who isn't good enough to make it big.
Ballet dancing can only be done by young people, the major companies snap up promising dancers while they're high school age. And since you can't make a living at ballet without being in a major company, he might as well do porn.
R46 what about Ron Reagan Jr.
He started at the same age as Jeppe Hansen
So completely free of sex appeal. Too scrawny.
I think he's adorable...Of course, I'm an actual man.
Maybe he can get a job dancing in Johnny McGovern's next video, Johnny seems to be keeping all the gogo boys employed these days.
I think the distinction between porn and art, is that your qualifying skill is to not have a micro-penis. And if you do, you qualify as a bottom.
Sex isn't about skill. Usually.
Art is about skill. Sometimes.
And therefore, having sex on film, may not always be art.
If the product is to discuss matters of sexuality and human condition, then yes it is art. If it is to produce the desire to jerk off-well, not so much.
Here's his Bio page with about 4 or 5 sex scene trailers to click on.
Seems to be a bottom in all of them:
You can have a discussion about porn as art all day but no reputable ballet company is going to hire you if you do porn. This dumb kid didn't KNOW that?
Are most porn "actors" estranged from their families? I couldn't imagine subjecting my friends and family to the embarrassment and shame of knowing that I was doing porn.
Porn is not art. That pretentious douchebag wanted to be a hooker more than he wanted to be a dancer. I hope that works out for him.
What did Jake Jaxon allegedly win an Emmy for?
[quote] You can have a discussion about porn as art all day but no reputable ballet company is going to hire you if you do porn.
In both ballet and porn, performers are using their bodies to make money.
So why the double standard by the ballet company.
He won the emmy under his real name jason buchtel....pretty nice little blog/web site....jakejaxson.com
In fairness he won a Regional Emmy in LA
Not a National Emmy award.
[quote]In both ballet and porn, performers are using their bodies to make money.
No one is this simple-minded. Are they?
Go look in the mirror and ask yourself R61
Not very progressive are you
[quote]Not very progressive are you
What does progressivism have to do with stupidity? Asking what the difference is between a filmed sex act and a highly developed artistic discipline that requires years of training for simple competence reveals you to be even more simple-minded than I thought. Please do the world a favor and stick to commenting on reality TV.
so its official--you are now required to have disgusting tattoos
at least some of these guys actually have pubic hair
[quote] a highly developed artistic discipline that requires years of training
Would you say the same thing about pole dancing?
[quote]Would you say the same thing about pole dancing?
Hmm...does it require years of daily practice before one is even considered qualified to perform? Does it require full knowledge of a vocabulary of movement with a lengthy history?
As for art, well...in this clip alone, Nureyev "dances" more than any pole dancer ever has.
[quote] Hmm...does it require years of daily practice before one is even considered qualified to perform? Does it require full knowledge of a vocabulary of movement with a lengthy history?
Some would argue yes
R67 you need to get out more if you don't consider pole dancing an art form.
Pole dancing is more acrobatics than an art form.
[quotes] As for art, well...in this clip alone, Nureyev "dances" more than any pole dancer ever has.
It's like Walter Pater debating Mo the bartender.
R67 night last night.
He meant to go to the theater last night to watch Noel Coward's Private Lives, but he couldn't miss La Bohème on PBS.
R59, I wonder if he got an award for appearing on this website:
I just came across this story yesterday, what a messed up kid. He would not have become a Marcelo Gomes or Robert Fairchild but he could have easily had a decent career until his early thirties.
It is a sad story and yes he is old enough to know better, but he was exploited, no two ways about it.
Fuck Winnipeg Ballet for not hiring this dude because he did porn.
Yes, of course, it may be their choice. They may be free to make that decision.
I'm also free to say "Fuck them!"
I've noticed that Cocky Boys has this one model - Levi Karter - whose cock they take pains to never fully show. In his scene with Jett Black, the lighting was made intentionally dim. In other scenes, he either bottoms with his cock pressed into the bed, or tops with never fully taking his cock out. What is so weird about his cock that they can't show it in its entirety?
All that is art does not glitter
Not all those with penis are trash
The erect that is proud is no failure
Prone dancing should never be bashed
From the tutus a god shall rise showing
Endowments of hard-bodied girth
Skilled in the arts of bestowing
A pearl necklace on those of great worth
I'd have loved to see him bottom for Arpad Miklos. Oh, well.
I believe I may have a spot for him on Glee as a Danish exchange student.
I like the way he sucks that hitchhiker's hairy cock.
R82 meant that as an insult.
[quote]Seems to be a bottom in all of them
Read more closely, dear. His most recent scene is a flip-fuck.
He looks like Jay Leno in profile. Very unfortunate.
R90, get off your high horse. I said he 'seems to be' a bottom in all of them - I did not make a definitive statement to that effect.
"Boo Hoo! Poor me! Available for outcalls!"
R79. Both Levi Karter and this new 'dancer,' Jett Black, are perfectly intact.
These porn 'Cocky Boys' should not be talking about 'art,' performance, their hideous new tattoos, the trouble in the Middle East or the tea in China. They are dumb as a box of rocks.
They are children. They are ruining their lives. They are being exploited, and many of them are on the road to ruin.
I would have preferred it if he was circumcised, R94
Out of curiosity,why does CockyBoys go through great lengths to hire Canadian models?
Most American porn sites have some Canadian models since it's the easiest country to recruit guys from other than the U.S., but aren't most of the guys American?
Girly Gay Girls Go Wild.
If Only Michael Jackson Were Alive...and I Were 10 Years Younger.
Your Fist, My Art
I hope he goes onto have a big gay porn career.
Americans are too fat for pron.
If they are on a road to ruin doing porn is just a pit stop.
Any new developments?
R105 who are you to judge what is art?
[quote]"Boo Hoo! Poor me! Available for outcalls!"
And please, the pole dancer wannabes early on are PATHETIC.
R106 in a year's time, this former dancer will probably hate the porn business. Most of these new guys go in loving sex and thinking it's a walk in the park. I've actually spoken to a casting director to get info out of him. Most porn shoots take 1 to 2 FULL DAYS. The porn actors have to be on viagara/poppers to stay hard/loose (depending on their role). There's also the risk of STDS/HIV. You don't get to get to choose your scene partner either so if you're not attracted to him then too bad. It's not glamorous or fun at all.
[quote] You don't get to get to choose your scene partner either so if you're not attracted to him then too bad. It's not glamorous or fun at all.
But you do it for the joy of performing, which is what performance art is.
[quote]But you do it for the joy of performing, which is what performance art is.
And it will give him the chance to continue to hone his craft, which is reward in itself. Ask any shitty poledancer.
There was a "disagreement" with his employer and he's not in the business anymore. At least for the time being.
Bitch stole from cockyBoys to use at Micheal Lucas Ent. Sleazy.
[quote]who are you to judge what is art?
When it's Thomas Kinkade or a guy sucking cock for money, it's easy to tell.
[quote] When it's Thomas Kinkade or a guy sucking cock for money, it's easy to tell.
Some would say that is art. Who are you to judge that it is not?
[R112] = Max "George" Ryder.
Who are you, r114, to judge that someone else is unworthy to judge what is art?
Pavarotti singing "Pagliacci" is art. Leonardo painting the Last Supper is art. Stravinsky composing the Rite of Spring is art.
A twink on all fours taking cocks from every direction, lovely as it is, is NOT ART.
I'm perfectly comfortable making that distinction. Simply because a category like "art" can be difficult to delimit or define, this does not mean that no distinctions can ever be articulated. People who say "If I call it art. then it's art," usually know nothing about art imho.
[quote]Some would say that is art. Who are you to judge that it is not?
It's not art, it's just poseurs pretending to be cool, kitsch and outrageous. The idea of Kinkade being so tacky that it's "art" is more about the "hipster" than it is about appreciating art.
Much of the "art" in galleries have very high price tags because if they didn't, the suckers with too much money and little taste wouldn't buy it.
R116 I guess you wouldn't consider Gauguin 'art' because of his nudes.
And if it is 'art', what is the difference between that and what is twink is doing?
"When it's Thomas Kinkade or a guy sucking cock for money, it's easy to tell."
I'd rather watch pron than gaze at one of Thomas Kinkade's tacky paintings.
I found this guy's solo video hotter than any of the videos where he is having sex with partners.
I was away and missed this story. Did he go back to dancing or is he still doing pron?
[quote]And if it is 'art', what is the difference between that and what is twink is doing?
r118, if you have to ask, you'll never get it.
But... Really?!?? You can see no difference between the work of Gauguin and this Jett porn star person? That seems super-pathetic, but it takes all kinds to make the world go round, I guess.
In the meantime, I'll just reiterate "Simply because a category like "art" can be difficult to delimit or define, this does not mean that no distinctions can ever be articulated or that everything, no matter what, must be accepted as art" and hope it sinks in this time.
R123 you should respect other people's opinion who do consider this gay porn work as performance art.
[quote]you should respect other people's opinion
Ridiculous American foolishness that all opinions have equal value and are worthy of respect. You really are a lazy and stupid country.
"You really are a lazy and stupid country."
If only I could share your homeland, r125, where one person's expression of his individual opinion is reasonably extrapolated to an entire nation-state of strangers, many millions of whom were actually born in multitudes of countries around the world, and don't even share a langauage, let alone a point of view--and who are guilty of many things, but "lazines" not being one of them, especially not when compared to Europe, where 90% of the population is habitually either on a 10 week vacation or on the dole. I guess with your little welfare cards they hand out your knee-jerk American stereotyping at birth as well now too. You can thank us for making both possible.
Is he still dancing, or doing pron, or both?
There is another person who is losing his virginity on camera, calling it performance art.
Rumor is he's back in Montreal with a sugar daddy taking class with Grand Ballet Canadien de Montreal.
Kinkade's crap is barf-inducing.
So, I've been an artist my entire adult life without knowing it??
he's gorgeous. Love to see more of him. I think he's a tremendous artiste!
Oh, r126, I was cheering your post on for its apposite slap-down of r125's sweeping generalisations... Then you had to ruin your point by giving in to the same stupid bull shit.