Higher Education

Higher Education

More colleges than ever are gearing their programs to the needs of aspiring ballet dancers. Find the one for you in this list of 140 colleges and conservatories that offer training in ballet. We’ve provided the basic details so you can get in touch with programs that interest you for more information.

 

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

516.877.4250

frisk-fox@adelphi.edu

academics.adelphi.edu

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

The Ailey School, Fordham University

New York, NY

212.405.9124

bfa@alvinailey.org

theaileyschool.edu/bfa

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Akron

Akron, OH

330.972.7948

dance@uakron.edu

uakron.edu/dtaa

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

Alma College

Alma, MI

989.463.7242

fike@alma.edu

alma.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap

 

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

415.863.3040.281

marina@linesballet.org

dominican.edu

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Los Angeles, CA

800.367.7908

info@amda.edu

amda.edu

Degrees: BFA, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap

 

Anderson University

Anderson, IN

765.641.3783

dance@anderson.edu

www.anderson.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD

410.777.7021

lpfitzgerald@aacc.edu

aacc.edu/dance

Degrees: AA

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, tap

 

The University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

520.621.4698

dance.arizona.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Arkansas—Little Rock

Little Rock, AR

501.569.3291

kethomas@ualr.edu

ualr.edu/theatre/dance.html

Degrees: BFA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap

 

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

800.616.ARTS

admissions@uarts.edu

uarts.edu

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics

 

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

765.285.8740

clzimmerman@bsu.edu

bsu.edu/dance

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap, world

 

Barnard College, Columbia University

New York, NY

212.854.2995

dance@barnard.edu

dance.barnard.edu

Degrees: BA, concentration

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

The Boston Conservatory

Boston, MA

617.912.9153

admissions@bostonconservatory.edu

bostonconservatory.edu/dance

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

770.538.4764

danceinfo@brenau.edu

brenau.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary

 

College at Brockport, State University of New York

Brockport, NY

585.395.2153

dance@brockport.edu

brockport.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA MFA, minor

ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, education/pedagogy, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

716.645.6897

td-theatredance@buffalo.edu

theatredance.buffalo.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, somatics

 

Butler University, Jordan College of Fine Arts

Indianapolis, IN

317.940.9346

lattaway@butler.edu

butler.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, BS

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, education/pedagogy, performance, somatics

 

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

800.545.2787

admissions@calarts.edu

calarts.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

California State University—Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

562.985.4747

dance@csulb.edu

csulb.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, MA, MFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

University of California—Irvine

Irvine, CA

949.824.7283

dance@uci.edu

dance.arts.uci.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary

 

Canada's National Ballet School

Toronto, ON

416.964.3780

registrar@nbs-enb.ca

nbs-enb.ca

Degrees: BFA, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, education/pedagogy

 

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI

262.551.5885

spottinger@carthage.edu

carthage.edu/dance

Degree: minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap

 

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, OK

405.974.5231

jpriest@uco.edu

www.uco.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, OH

513.556.2700

ccadmis@uc.edu

ccm.uc.edu/dance

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

Connecticut College

New London, CT

860.439.2830

dance@conncoll.edu

www.dance.conncoll.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, world

 

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle, WA

800.726.ARTS

admissions@cornish.edu

cornish.edu/dance

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

Dean College

Franklin, MA

508.541.1607

jobrienpedersen@dean.edu

dean.edu

Degrees: AA, BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

215.895.4914

danceprogram@drexel.edu

drexel.edu/westphal/dance

Degrees: BS, MS, minor, certificate, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, modern/contemporary, education/pedagogy, somatics

 

DeSales University

Center Valley, PA

610.282.1100 x1663

timothy.cowart@desales.edu

blogs.desales.edu/dance

Degree: BA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Duke University

Durham, NC

919.660.3354

dance@duke.edu

danceprogram.duke.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance, world

 

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

252.328.6390

weeksp@ecu.edu

ecu.edu/theatredance

Degrees: BFA, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Elon University

Elon, NC

336.278.5592

lkearns@elon.edu

elon.edu/perarts

Degrees: BFA, BS, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

New York, NY

212.229.5100 x2267

langarts@newschool.edu

newschool.edu/lang/dance

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

Five College Dance Department

Amherst, MA

413.549.3600

fcdd@hampshire.edu

fivecolleges.edu/sites/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, MFA

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, world

 

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

850.644.1023

dance-info@fsu.edu

dance.fsu.edu

Degrees: BFA, MA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

State University of New York at Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

716.673.3596

dance@fredonia.edu

fredonia.edu/department/theatredance

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, ballroom, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap

 

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

706.542.4415

ugadance@uga.edu

dance.uga.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Georgian Court University

Lakewood, NJ

800.458.8422

scardell@georgian.edu

georgian.edu

Degrees: BA, minor, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, jazz, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary

 

Goucher College

Towson, MD

410.337.6390

goucherdance@goucher.edu

goucher.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, EdD, MA, minor

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

The Hartt School, University of Hartford

West Hartford, CT

860.768.2478

lesko@hartford.edu

harttweb.hartford.edu

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

217.333.1010

dance@illinois.edu

dance.illinois.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music

Bloomington, IN

812.855.6787

ballet@indiana.edu

music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/ballet

Degree: BS

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, performance

 

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

319.335.2228

dance@uiowa.edu

dance.uiowa.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, MFA, minor. certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

904.256.7374

bpalmer@ju.edu

ju.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

540.568.6511

thompscr@jmu.edu

jmu.edu/theatre

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance

 

The Juilliard School

New York, NY

212.799.5000 x223

danceadmissions@juilliard.edu

juilliard.edu

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

785.864.4264

kudance@ku.edu

dance.ku.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, world

 

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

770.794.7673

ipulinka@kennesaw.edu

kennesaw.edu/theatre/dance

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

732.932.8497

afrancis@rci.rutgers.edu

masongross.rutgers.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, EdM, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Marygrove College

Detroit, MI

313.927.1307

jivanov@marygrove.edu

marygrove.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor, certificate, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Marymount Manhattan College

New York, NY

212.517.0610

dance@mmm.edu

mmm.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, somatics

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Five College Dance Department

Amherst, MA

413.545.6064

cmaclutsky@dance.umass.edu

umass.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Mercyhurst University

Erie, PA

814.824.2202

thunter@mercyhurst.edu

dance.mercyhurst.edu

Degrees: BA, minor, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap

 

Mills College

Oakland, CA

510.430.2175

dance@mills.edu

mills.edu

Degrees: BA, MA, MFA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, education/pedagogy, performance, somatics. world

 

University of Missouri—Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance

Kansas City, MO

816.235.2949

selfdr@umkc.edu

conservatory.umkc.edu

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, modern/contemporary

 

Montclair State University

Upper Montclair, NJ

973.655.7080

katterhenrl@mail.montclair.edu

montclair.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Mount Holyoke College, Five College Dance Department

South Hadley, MA

413.538.2000

tfreedma@mtholyoke.edu

mtholyoke.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

484.664.3335

dearborn@muhlenberg.edu

muhlenberg.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap

 

New world School of the Arts

Miami, FL

305.237.3341

mlburns@mdc.edu

mdc.edu/nwsa

Degrees: AA, BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, education/pedagogy, performance, somatics, tap, world

 

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

New York, NY

212.998.5400

steinhardt.dance@nyu.edu

steinhardt.nyu.edu/dance-2012

Degrees: MA, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, education/pedagogy

 

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

New York, NY

212.998.1980

dance.tisch.nyu.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

954.262.7613

lanczi@nova.edu

www.nova.edu

Degree: BA

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, world

 

University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

704.687.0225

melaniewhite@uncc.edu

coaa.uncc.edu

Degrees: BA, minor, certificate

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

336.770.3209

waldor@uncsa.edu

uncsa.edu

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, modern/contemporary

 

Oakland University

Rochester, MI

248.370.2030

mtd@oakland.edu

oakland.edu/mtd

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

614.292.7977

dance@osu.edu

dance.osu.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA, PhD, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

405.325.4051

dance@ou.edu

ou.edu/finearts/dance

Degrees: BFA, MFA, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

757.683.3002

akinzer@odu.edu

odu.edu/al/dance

Degrees: BA, minor, certificate

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

541.346.3386

mmoser@oregon.uoregon.edu

dance.uoregon.edu

Degrees: BA, BS, MA, MFA, MS, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

Pace University

New York, NY

212.618.6100

performingarts@pace.edu

pace.edu/performingarts

Degree: BFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, hip hop, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap

 

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL

561.803.2428

kathleen_klein@pba.edu

pba.edu

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH

603.535.2713

aewhitworth@plymouth.edu

plymouth.edu/music/dance

Degrees: BA, minor, certificate, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap, world

 

Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA

412.392.3450

jmcgoldrick@pointpark.edu

pointpark.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, tap, world

 

Princeton University, Lewis Center for the Arts

Princeton, NJ

609.258.3017

klarnold@princeton.edu

princeton.edu/arts

Degree: certificate

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

Purchase College, State University of New York

Purchase, NY

914.251.6800

dance@purchase.edu

purchase.edu/dance

Degrees: BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

936.294.3342

shsudance@shsu.edu

shsu.edu/see/dance

Degrees: BFA, MFA

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary

 

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

408.554.4599

bmurray@scu.edu

scu.edu/theatre

Degrees: BA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, tap

 

Smith College, Five College Dance Department

Northhampton, MA

413.585.3232

prist@smith.edu

smith.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, MFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary

 

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

813.974.3660

mmorris3@usf.edu

theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

214.768.2718

smudance@smu.edu

meadows.smu.edu

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

Stephens College

Columbia, MO

800.876.7207

apply@stephens.edu

stephens.edu

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, world

 

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

215.204.0533

dance@temple.edu

temple.edu/boyer

BFA, MFA, PhD

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

979.845.5025

cbergeron@hlkn.tamu.edu

tamudance.tamu.edu

Degrees: BS, minor, concentration

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics

 

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

817.257.7615

dance@tcu.edu

dance.tcu.edu

Degrees: BFA, MFA, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Tulane University, Newcomb College Dance Program

New Orleans, LA

504.314.7761

dance@tulane.edu

tulane.edu/~theatre

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap

 

University of Utah, Department of Ballet

Salt Lake City, UT

801.581.8231

info@ballet.utah.edu

ballet.utah.edu

Degrees: BFA, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, performance

 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

804.828.1711

dance@vcu.edu

arts.vcu.edu/dance

Degrees: BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

314.935.5858

pad@artsci.wustl.edu

pad.artsci.wustl.edu

Degrees: BA, minor, certificate

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, modern/contemporary, education/pedagogy

 

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

313.577.4273

theatre_dance@wayne.edu

dance.wayne.edu

Degrees: BFA, BS, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, performance, somatics, world

 

Webster University

St. Louis, MO

314.968.6929

dance@webster.edu

webster.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, modern/contemporary

 

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

269.387.5830

dance-info@wmich.edu

wmich.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, performance

 

Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

316.978.3530

nick.johnson@wichita.edu

wichita.edu

Degrees: BFA, minor

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance

 

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

414.229.2571

danceinfo@uwm.edu

arts.uwm.edu/dance

Degrees: BA, BFA, MFA, minor, certificate

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: ballet, ballroom, choreography, education/pedagogy, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, world

 

University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI

715.346.3982

dance@uwsp.edu

uwsp.edu/theatre-dance/dance

Degrees: BA, minor

Audition required

Areas of emphasis: arts administration, ballet, choreography, education/pedagogy, jazz, modern/contemporary, musical theater, performance, somatics, tap

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