Beth Burns, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Orange from 1978 to 1989, founded the organization in 1983 as a pilot dance education program in response to the pressing need for youth to have an engaging safe haven after school.  As an advocate for children at risk, Beth has inspired the creation of many opportunities for low-income youth and families.  Through her leadership, The Wooden Floor has touched the lives of more than 62,000 youth.  Beth retired as Artistic Director in June 2005, but remains involved as an Emerita member of the Board of Directors.

Recognition and Awards

  • 2005 Local Hero Award - Bank of America  
  • 2004 Artistic Visionary Award - Arts Orange County
  • 1999 Humanitarian Award - Loyola Marymount University
  • 1996 Outstanding Nonprofit Executive - National Society of Fund Raising Executives of Orange County
  • 1994 Amelia Earhart Award - Women's Opportunity Center
  • 1991 Choreography Fellowship - California Arts Council