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2nd Open House & Food Drive

2nd Open House & Food Drive

Dance and Martial Arts in One Building
Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
(NOTE: This article is reprinted with the kind permission of the MS Area Newspapers,

Inside an unassuming pre-fab building on the north end of Mount Shasta, local parents and children are at times amazed to see the modern facilities.

The activities being offered show how much fun it can be to express yourself through movement.

 Local Treasure: Nuria Llovet

Many are already familiar with the dynamic activities offered by the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program, led by black belts Peter Halt and Chuck Buhs. Now joining them in this same non-descript building at 1020 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. is a Mount Shasta institution, Nuria’s Dance Academy.

With a degree in dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music, California state teaching credentials, and over 25 years experience as a professional Flamenco dancer, owner Nuria Llovet has built three academies from scratch and knows well the qualities of a good dance facility.

“This new, second Nuria’s Dance Academy was built specifically for dancing, and I feel very blessed that I was asked to continue teaching in such a great place,” Nuria said.

 Activities for All Ages

Between Nuria’s dance offerings and MSMAP martial arts activities, activities are available for all ages.

Beginning in the early afternoon, the Family Activity Center is busy with dance classes and the enthusiasm of the Tiny Tigers. Later, the teens and adults show up for more focused and serious training in either dance, taekwondo, or yongmudo (Korean mixed-martial arts).

Darla Andreozzi’s family is taking advantage of the activities with a daughter in dance and a son in yongmudo. “There is no confusion where the children need to be picked up or if by another family member. When their classes are at the same time it is an added convenience.”

The physical training discipline required for both dance and martial arts reinforces long-term positive characteristics in children, teens, and adults aside from the health benefits, according to a press release.

“I feel that dance is so very important for the balanced growth of children as well as adults,” says Miss Nuria as she is known by her younger students. “When we dance, we concentrate on putting our bodies in motion and forget everything else.”

Andreozzi supports Nuria’s comments. “Our children are developing deeper, quality social skills while enhancing their physical strength with grace and balance,” she says.

The collective international experience of the instructors — Llovet has accreditation through the Instituto of Theater of Barcelona, Spain; Buhs has a 5th degree black belt through the taekwondo headquarter in Korea — creates an exceptional opportunity for learning.

“Our instructors are wonderful with our children providing challenging yet attainable goals, maintaining control of the classes all while making it fun and enjoyable for the participants and spectators alike,” said Andreozzi. “These classes are creating a lifetime of memories for the entire family.”

“Teaching has been my life and passion,” says Nuria.

 Dec. 16 open house, raffle and food drive

Nuria’s Dance Academy and MSMAP invite local families to attend an Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 16 [2009] from 4:30 to 7pm. Visitors can see dancing and martial arts demonstrations. Additionally, raffle prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to a few lucky attendees.

And, in the spirit of giving for the holidays, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for seniors to be donated to Meals on Wheels Aux., a subdivision of Alliance for Humanity (est. 1983; ).

More information is available on the MSMAP web site, .

Read a summary about the 2009 Open House & Holiday Food Drive including how much food was collected and a list of support from local businesses:
2009 Open House & Holiday Food Drive

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We've been doing the Open House for over a decade. Learn a little more about what previous events were like.

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Celebrate the holidays, MSMAP-style!
We invite you to attend our Seventh annual event in December 2014. Come see what we do and help make the holidays a little brighter for seniors in-need with the gift of food for the Senior Nutrition Program.

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Shorter Event, More Action
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December 24, 2014; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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Ramping Up for a Holiday Tradition
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December 10, 2014; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2013 Open House Action

More Creativity, More Heart-Pounding Action
Lots of participants, lots of raffle prizes, and lots of food for the Senior Nutrition Program.
December 25, 2013; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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Getting Ready for New Things
We get ready to do more exciting stuff: jumping kicks, spinning kicks, higher dive rolls, lots more.
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Mission Accomplished: Our Best Event...Ever
The best demo, the most raffle prizes, and, most importantly, the most food ever collected for this annual holiday celebration.
December 26, 2012; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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Getting ready for our biggest event...ever
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December 12, 2012; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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Highlights of our 4th annual event — lots of people, lots of food, lots of gifts. And, we get ready for our Winter Break Mini-Camps, a great way to burn off excess holiday energy. “With the large show of people and enthusiasm of the children, this is a great opportunity for service to the community.”
December 21, 2011; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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“We’re glad to help with our own special way of celebrating the holidays: Exciting martial arts action, giving away cool gifts, and, most importantly, helping to brighten the spirits of those less fortunate during this season of giving.”
December 07, 2011; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

3rd Open House & Food Drive Action

New Location, Bigger Action!
How much fun can children, teens, and adults have helping others in need during the holiday season?
December 29, 2010; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

2nd Open House & Food Drive Action

Bigger and Better
Our activity center expands to include local treasure, Nuria’s Dance Academy. We share demonstrations of dance and martial arts and hold our first, and very successful, food drive!
December 9, 2009; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

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November 9, 2008; Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers

4th Open House & Holiday Food Drive: Wed, Dec 14

Join us for exciting martial arts action!
Wednesday, December 14   •   4:30 to 6:30pm
We invite you to our FOURTH annual event to see what we do and help make the holidays a little brighter for seniors with the gift of food for the Senior Nutrition Program.

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Join us for exciting martial arts action!
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Burn off excess holiday energy with a full program of taekwondo, yongmudo, and self-defense activities during Winter Break in this partnership with the Mt. Shasta Recreation & Parks District.

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