Redefining the Classroom

Student-created ballet shows more to Aphrodite than what meets the eye

Posted: March 22nd, 2013

APHRODITE IN MOTION – Lake Superior State University dance student Heidi Rasmussen takes to the air during a mini-ballet about the life of a Greek goddess, Aphrodite. Senior fine arts student Stephanie Spurr (second from right) wrote and choreographed the dance, then recruited and trained fellow dancers to see the project through as a requirement for her graduation. "Many people believe that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was a mean, cheating, and about being brat," says Spurr, who is from Milford, Mich. "This ballet is to show that the reason she acted that way was not her fault." Pictured here helping out during a March 25 rehearsal are fellow students Angela Beethem (Cheboygan, Mich.), Haley E. Tasiemski (Newberry, Mich.), and Brielle Smith (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.). Go to to read more about Spurr's original production. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Prof. Gary Balfantz; School of English, Communication, and Language Studies; e-mail, 635-2275.