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. According to Hansen, school administrators asked him to sign a letter stating that he voluntarily withdrew from the program.... 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.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet officials told CBC News they cannot comment on personnel issues due to privacy concerns.
Now, I can understand firing a high-school teacher for doing or having done a little porn—it's stupid, it shouldn't happen, but I can wrap my head around the sex panicky rationale behind it (think of the blahblahblah children, etc.)—but a ballet dancer? Will watching Jeppe "Jett Black" Hansen do a grand jeté or lift a ballerina somehow corrupt a ballet audience? Is an orgy going to break out in the boxes? It's not exactly unheard of for ballet dancers—or ballet companies—to trade on the sex appeal of male dancers. I don't see what the issue is here—except prudery, of course, as well as sex/porn phobia.
And if you want a guy to stop doing porn—if the dopes who run the Royal Winnipeg Ballet wanted Hansen to stop doing porn—is kicking him out of school for doing a single porn short really the best way to get him to stop? To punish Hansen for doing porn the Royal Winnipeg Ballet took dancing away from Hansen... and now Hansen has dedicated himself to porn fulltime. What might've been a little dabbling or an adventure is now a career. Good work, pornphobes.
Jeppe Hansen's Twitter feed is here. Jett Black's Twitter feed is here.