May 28, 1997 |
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.
May 26, 1996 |
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.
May 26, 1996 |
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.
May 30, 1994 |
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.
May 22, 1993 |
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.