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May 30, 1994 | ANN CONWAY
Mugging for a picture with two of her prize dancers, St. Joseph Ballet founder Beth Burns, a former nun, gets the giggles. The teen-agers have executed graceful arabesques in the garden of Le Meridien Hotel, and, holding their poses, they stare worshipfully at their choreographer. "No, no!" Burns howls, scooping them up in a hug, "that's too adoring!" Another hug. Click. "Much better," she says, smiling for the camera.
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May 29, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the 120 St. Joseph Ballet students dancing this week at the Irvine Barclay Theatre might have made it to the stage on their own. But the odds were against them. Financially strapped, living in an inner-city environment amid gangs and school dropouts, these teens and preteens struggled every day with a threatening reality. That's why Beth Burns founded the Santa Ana-based St. Joseph Ballet company in 1983. "I can't take poverty away.
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SPORTS
February 11, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beth Burns talks like she coaches, coaches like she recruits and recruits like she lives. Rapidly. "C'mon Chris," Burns implored at a recent practice. "We run! We run, Chris!" The game clock is always winding down, and yet there is always so much more to do. Recruit. Parent. Coax. Plead. Praise. X. O. You're all working, but nobody's talking!" Burns suddenly shouts at practice. "We've got to talk."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 200 kids of the Santa Ana-based St. Joseph Ballet company will be dancing with special glee this week in their spring concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. In a few months, the troupe, founded by Beth Burns in 1983 as an arts intervention program for at-risk youth, will move from its Fiesta Marketplace studios into a new $3.8-million facility at the corner of Main and 19th Streets in Santa Ana. To celebrate the move, Burns, a former nun with the Sisters of St.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1993 | ZAN DUBIN
St. Joseph Ballet Company founder, artistic director and choreographer Beth Burns said Thursday that she will take a sabbatical this summer "to refresh and re-energize so I have even more (energy) to give to the children." Burns, who has headed the children's dance school and troupe since creating it in 1983, said she will be gone from June 1 through Sept. 12. During that time she plans to attend arts festivals in Charlotte, N.C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Students, parents and volunteers gathered in Santa Ana on Friday to celebrate the St. Joseph Ballet Co. being named a Point of Light by President Bush. "It's a huge thrill to have our volunteers and our children and our mission recognized nationally," said Beth Burns, founding artistic director. "Eight years ago when this was just a dream, there was no way to tell that we would receive such national recognition.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 200 kids of the Santa Ana-based St. Joseph Ballet company will be dancing with special glee this week in their spring concert at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. In a few months, the troupe, founded by Beth Burns in 1983 as an arts intervention program for at-risk youth, will move from its Fiesta Marketplace studios into a new $3.8-million facility at the corner of Main and 19th Streets in Santa Ana. To celebrate the move, Burns, a former nun with the Sisters of St.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mahler wrote "Symphony of a 1,000" for that many players, but Beth Burns, artistic director of the St. Joseph Ballet company, beat him by a couple of hundred in creating her newest dance work. More than 1,200 children from the Santa Ana Unified School District collaborated with Burns for more than 10 months to create "By Being Who I Am," one of three works that make up "With Open Arms," the St. Joseph program that opens today and continues through Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
NEWS
May 26, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, Times Staff Writer
How can society heal the wounds and raise the aspirations of its poorest youngsters? A ballet studio may seem an improbable place for clues. A Times reporter and photographer spent hundreds of hours over the past nine months with a handful of dancers at the Saint Joseph Ballet. They observed their rehearsals, visited their homes and accompanied them to school, athletic competitions and social gatherings. The ballet offers not a panacea, The Times found, but a path toward hope.
NEWS
May 26, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, Times Staff Writer
Beth Burns is not a social worker, but sometimes it's hard to tell. As the founder and guiding spirit of the Saint Joseph Ballet, Burns' main job is to teach dance classes and run the organization, which has served thousands of underprivileged teens.
NEWS
May 30, 1994 | ANN CONWAY
Mugging for a picture with two of her prize dancers, St. Joseph Ballet founder Beth Burns, a former nun, gets the giggles. The teen-agers have executed graceful arabesques in the garden of Le Meridien Hotel, and, holding their poses, they stare worshipfully at their choreographer. "No, no!" Burns howls, scooping them up in a hug, "that's too adoring!" Another hug. Click. "Much better," she says, smiling for the camera.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1993 | ZAN DUBIN
St. Joseph Ballet Company founder, artistic director and choreographer Beth Burns said Thursday that she will take a sabbatical this summer "to refresh and re-energize so I have even more (energy) to give to the children." Burns, who has headed the children's dance school and troupe since creating it in 1983, said she will be gone from June 1 through Sept. 12. During that time she plans to attend arts festivals in Charlotte, N.C.
SPORTS
July 13, 1989 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
Beth Burns, previously an assistant at North Carolina State, was introduced Wednesday as coach of the San Diego State women's basketball team and promised to bring an exciting style of play with her. "Our style of play will never change, and that will up-tempo," Burns said. "We want to make it an exciting brand of basketball in which we push the ball up the floor. We want to have 95 feet of defensive effort and hustle all the time."
SPORTS
December 18, 1991 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Beth Burns, San Diego State women's basketball coach, admits she is probably freshman forward Christina Murguia's "worst nightmare." "She probably sees me in her sleep," Burns said. "The woman wants to be great. She'll be the first to tell you she needs to be pushed. And that's what I've done." The pushing is paying off for Murguia, a two-time Times All-County selection from Castle Park High, and Burns.
SPORTS
February 11, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beth Burns talks like she coaches, coaches like she recruits and recruits like she lives. Rapidly. "C'mon Chris," Burns implored at a recent practice. "We run! We run, Chris!" The game clock is always winding down, and yet there is always so much more to do. Recruit. Parent. Coax. Plead. Praise. X. O. You're all working, but nobody's talking!" Burns suddenly shouts at practice. "We've got to talk."
SPORTS
December 18, 1991 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Beth Burns, San Diego State women's basketball coach, admits she is probably freshman forward Christina Murguia's "worst nightmare." "She probably sees me in her sleep," Burns said. "The woman wants to be great. She'll be the first to tell you she needs to be pushed. And that's what I've done." The pushing is paying off for Murguia, a two-time Times All-County selection from Castle Park High, and Burns.
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