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Towleroad Gay News: Heidi Stevens: He was almost bullied out of ballet— now he’s a Juilliard grad. What one student’s journey can teach about this moment in time.

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Zachary Jeppsen started dancing when he was 4. His dad would make playlists, and Zachary would perform for whatever group of siblings or friends or grown-ups filled his family’s living room. Even at age 4, his talent was palpable enough that one of his mom’s friends urged her to enroll Zachary at The Dance Factory, a small studio in Delavan, Wisconsin, near the farm where he and his family lived. She followed her friend’s advice, and by seventh grade Zachary was performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s pre-professional program. He’d found his calling. His classmates at school, howeve…

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