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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.


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