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Jeppe Hansen got a spot and a scholarship last September in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s professional division. (Twitter)
Jeppe Hansen got a spot and a scholarship last September in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s professional division. (Twitter)

Dancer asked to leave Royal Winnipeg Ballet after appearing in porn Add to ...

An aspiring ballet star who beat out thousands of other dancers for a spot with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been asked to leave the prestigious troupe after appearing in gay pornographic videos.

Jeppe Hansen got a spot and a scholarship last September in the dance school’s professional division.

Hansen had danced on stages around the world and studied in Montreal, New York and his native Denmark before joining the RWB.

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He appeared in his first pornographic video earlier this year as a side project, but when the ballet found out about the video, it asked him to sign a letter stating that he voluntarily withdrew from the program.

Hansen left the school in late March and moved to New York in April to pursue adult entertainment full-time.

He’s now accusing the ballet company of unfairly trying to define what constitutes art.

The RWB will only say that the school has a code of conduct for students and won’t comment further on personnel issues due to privacy concerns.

The code of conduct, which is included in the school’s student information handbook, says nothing about side projects, such as the video Hansen was in.

Hansen says he hopes to return to professional dance some day.

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