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October 18, 1990 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Members of the Saint Joseph Ballet Company will be tackling a social issue that hits close to home when they perform their annual fall dance concert tonight at Rancho Santiago College. The troupe, whose members are mostly inner-city youngsters, will perform a piece titled "It Happens . . . ", which deals with police sweeps of the homeless. Director Beth Burns said the dance was largely inspired by the sweeps that recently took place in Santa Ana.
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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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May 26, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, Times Staff Writer
Five older girls surrounded her. She tried not to tremble, burying her face in her hands. At an unspoken signal, the girls began to hit her, pummeling her back, her head, her stomach, her legs. Suddenly, after what seemed like several minutes, the beating stopped, and Alicia Luna's tormentors came close to comfort her. They shook her hand, hugged her, made her one of them: "You're our new homegirl."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1999 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the infectious lilt of an Irish folk tune, four dancers strike out on a diagonal in the Segerstrom Studio at St. Joseph Ballet's spanking-new building in Santa Ana. To the foot-tapping "River Dance"-style rhythms, they roll one leg up, shake out their shoulders, flex their arms in scarecrow poses, then lean way back and snap their fingers in supercool clicks. A new group of four bounds out for its turn. Then another, and another . . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1994 | ELAINE TASSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flor de Liz (Flower) Alzate, 18, remembers being sent to the principal's office at age 12 after having a fight in school. She used to wear heavy makeup to look older and be popular, and her grades were going downhill. But worse, "I was almost going to be in a gang," she said. Then one day, after about two years of ballet classes at St. Joseph Ballet Company in Santa Ana, the Tustin High School senior decided to start wearing less makeup and begin working harder in school.
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May 26, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, Times Staff Writer
Outside the walls of the Saint Joseph Ballet, Jose Luis Campos doesn't talk much about his dancing. It is a part of his life he shares with a precious few: his family, other dancers, a teacher or two. But last month, someone guessed. A football player and fellow freshman at Century High School saw the 14-year-old boy talking with another dancer outside their geography class, and remembered that both had recently been absent. "He just starts saying, 'Ah, you're a ballerina. You wear a tutu.'
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.
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May 29, 1991 | ZAN DUBIN
It was business as usual at the St. Joseph Ballet Company rehearsal, as sweaty dancers readied their annual spring concert, running here Thursday through Sunday. Well, almost business as usual. Yes, a multicultural mix of bright-eyed youths leaped across the stage. And yes, they executed choreography by Beth Burns, who founded the operation in 1984 to offer low-income, inner-city youths free lessons and a new window on life through dance.
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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.
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October 6, 1998 | CHRIS PASLES
Santa Ana-based St. Joseph Ballet has received a $600,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation toward its $7.8-million capital campaign for a new building and a permanent endowment. The dance company for youths from troubled neighborhoods must raise $1.2 million by December 1999 to receive the grant. The largest gift the company has received is $658,000 from an anonymous donor. The Kresge Foundation is in Troy, Mich. To date, St. Joseph's capital campaign has raised $4.8 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1998 | CHRIS CEBALLOS
A new dance studio five times the size of St. Joseph Ballet's current one will be built for at-risk children next to the Bowers Kidseum on Main Street. The City Council approved the sale of property to the group this week, to the applause of more than 100 parents and children. The 21,000-square-foot facility will provide room for an additional 200 children from low- and moderate-income households to learn and study in a safe environment.
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May 5, 1998 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph Ballet on Monday kicked off a $7.5-million capital campaign for a new building and endowment intended to vastly expand its highly respected dance program for at-risk youths. "This is quite a milestone for St. Joseph Ballet," founding artistic director Beth Burns said at a news conference in the Costa Mesa office of architect Ernesto Vasquez, who unveiled his model and designs for the project. The 21,000-square-foot facility, to be built for $3.
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April 28, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE
A study commissioned by the St. Joseph Ballet has confirmed what ballet organizers say they already knew: that participation in the program greatly benefits inner-city youth. "Contact with the ballet is building the kind of assets in our youth that will help them avoid at-risk behavior," said Kathy Michaels, managing director of the ballet company, founded 15 years ago in Santa Ana. The company's mission is to give low-income youth a sense of purpose and accomplishment by teaching them to dance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997 | JEFF KASS
The St. Joseph Ballet may find a new home alongside the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana's museum district. Under a proposal to be considered Monday, the ballet troupe for inner-city youths would loan $45,000 to the city's Redevelopment Agency to buy two pieces of land at 19th and Main streets. St. Joseph is interested in moving to the spot, according to a city report, although the agreement does not require the city to lease or resell the land to the troupe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997 | JEFF KASS
The St. Joseph Ballet may find a new home alongside the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana's museum district. Under a proposal to be considered Monday, the ballet troupe for inner-city youths would loan $45,000 to the city's Redevelopment Agency to buy two pieces of land at 19th and Main streets. St. Joseph is interested in moving to the spot, according to a city report, although the agreement does not require the city to lease or resell the land to the troupe.
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May 28, 1992 | CHRIS PASLES, Chris Pasles covers music and dance for The Times Orange County Edition.
Only a few of the Santa Ana-based St. Joseph Ballet dancers have gone on to win scholar ships or participate in programs offered by such choreographers as Bill T. Jones and Eliot Feld. But training kids for professional dance careers is not company artistic director Beth Burns' top priority. "That's not the measure of what we've accomplished in 10 years," Burns says. "A lot of what we do should be seen in terms of how to pull together as a community to heal ourselves.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1996 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marco Aguilera stands alone in a spotlight at the center of the dance studio. The harsh white light accentuates his slight build, making him look even younger than his 16 years. His taped voice plays over a speaker: hard truths in a soft, low tone. "If I wasn't in ballet, I'm sure I would be right now in a gang," it says. The studio goes dark for a moment, and the spotlight reappears on Maurisio Alconedo, only 13. "Most of them don't live more than 21 years," he says quietly on the tape.
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