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Weehawken, NJ

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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability
and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Cheryl Brubaker July 22, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.
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Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
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Jennie A. April 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
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About Kelee P.

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Apopka, FL
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The private acting lesson is designed to teach the student the tools they need to succeed as performers. Learn terminology, skills, and build confidence. Older students will focus on Audition, Scene Study, and Improvisation.

About Kelee
Ke'Lee P. is a licensed Musikgarten Instructor out of Orlando, FL. She studied at Wright State University where she majored in Vocal Performance. Ke'™Lee is certified in Early Childhood Music and Movement and has taught Early Childhood music classes, Vocal Lessons, and Acting at various daycare centers, performing arts schools, and private homes in the Orlando area since 2006.

Ke'™Lee performs everything from Opera to Gospel music. She has been a featured artist with Encore Theater Company and performed with Dayton Opera, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.

Her joy is watching her students progress and thrive. She has had students appear on X Factor, The Voice and America's Got Talent. She has been the Director of Education for several performing arts schools and currently runs Creative Arts From the Heart which offers mob
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Voice

Acting

VOICE

The private voice lesson is designed to teach the student to sing with proper vocal technique and to learn appropriate stage presence, one-on-one (instructor and student), and is tailored to fit each student's individual needs.

Students will learn proper vocal placement, pitch control, ear-training , breath support , note reading , musicianship, self-confidence, music instruction and much more. Lessons will include studying a wide variety of vocal styles and/or languages, with various degrees of difficulty, tailored to the needs of the individual learner.

ACTING

The private acting lesson is designed to teach the student the tools they need to succeed as performers. Learn terminology, skills, and build confidence. Older students will focus on Audition, Scene Study, and Improvisation.

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*** Specialties ***
Acting Coaching
Voice Lessons
Mommy and Me Classes
Fairy Tale Theater
Home School Classes
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madison September 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson with Kelee. The instructor made her feel comfortable and was very supportive. Our daughter thought Kelee was super cool and is so excited to attend her next lesson.
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Tiffany B. July 22, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I learned a lot so far and she is very good at what she does!
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Teeryana July 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She was so nice and just really easy to follow and understand.
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About Josh L.

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Chicago, IL

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I have been performing with various theater and improvised theater groups in Chicago for about 4 years. My main focus is long form improvisation. We can take the sessions in many different directions depending on where you want to go.

About Josh
Hi, there! My name is Josh, and I can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to private teaching and am looking forward to helping my students get a good solid start with either piano, or improvised theatre. I studied theatre in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, and I trained at the IO theatre in Chicago for improvised theatre. I studied jazz piano with Dr. Joe Utterback in Stratford, CT. I've been performing in Chicago as an improvisor and mucisian for about 4 years. I'm a relaxed and friendly person and my teaching style is very much based on what you want to accomplish, though I'd be happy to make suggestions. I really look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Best!

Josh L.
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Charlie M. November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10-year old son Charlie had a great first lesson with Josh. He accomplished a lot in his session and Charlie is excited for the next lessons. Josh is very patient and kind.
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Alexa July 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Alexa was excited to take lessons with Josh and really enjoyed them!
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David March 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path.
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Josh L.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Sarah M.

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North Little Rock, AR

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Improv acting is a completely different realm of theater. It requires you to think on your feet and to be able to turn a situation that meant nothing to you five seconds ago into an entire scene. It explores every corner of your imagination. I will teach you different improv exercises as well as games. I will get you sharp so you're ready for any improv situation.

About Sarah
Hello and Welcome!
My name is Sarah and I am honored you have chosen to look at my profile. Finding the right teacher is so important! I always try to make sure that I accommodate what is best for the student when I approach teaching. Now a bit about me! I graduated from Lees-McRae College in May 2017 with a BFA in musical theater and a minor in art and design. I know at a glance it may be overwhelming how many classes I teach. You see as Musical Theatre Major I had to learn all about dance, makeup, singing, acting, and all of the sub categories that go with it; not to mention with my minor in art and design I know my way around with a paint brush. Art, in all forms are has always been my way of expressing, feeling, and embracing life. I took an internship at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre and I had to learn ALL aspects of
theatre and work with kids every day.

I was training American Sign Language at Northern Virginia Community College back in 2012. In 2015 I studied under an ASL master from Gallaudet University. I have continued to further my knowledge of ASL every day. I was recently the ASL captain at work who helped make sure all signs were done correctly and expressed properly.

My goal is to help you learn what you are craving to know! I try to not charge too high for lessons, I know that this is something that is for fun and is not always a possibility so I try to keep it at a lowish price so that everyone has a chance to learn. I am very flexible to schedules. I am willing to have a regular time or switching it up weekly; I have students who travel for a living so they are always on a different time zone; no matter the obstacle I will make it work for you!
Something that is great to know about me is that I never stop training, pursuing growth and knowledge. I read books in these various fields to learn more and more, take master classes, and train with my own vocal coaches. I think art - on any platform, is a great way to get out of your head, free your mind, and open up yourself. So this can be for professional training, a hobby you always wanted to pursue, or a dream you wanted to chase after.

In my class with you, or you child, I will make an individualized lesson plan that focus around what skills you already have, what skills you aim to improve/gain, and how you learn. I am very familiar with the fact that we are ALL different, which means we will all learn DIFFERENTLY. I am willing to explain something in as many ways as one needs in order to understand. I like to think of my lessons as a “safe place” to explore, have fun, grow, and be okay with making mistakes. We will always start with the basics, understand the core of the craft - for example in singing that would be our vocal anatomy and how it all connects together. I use props to help make the concept more visual and graspable as well as diagrams. This is not something someone will pick up in one lesson, so don’t come in saying “I can’t”, you can, you just have to learn HOW. I will show you the how. Remember, this is a learning process, we must embrace each step of our growth.
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Some background of how I came to do what I do:
I have been working professionally for theatres for five years now; which has had me living in various towns in NC, OH, AR, and traveling nationwide for tours. I have a lot of experience under my belt for my years. I began taking performance classes as young as age 2 when I started ballet, then I began singing in choir in third grade. I started being in awe of sign language when I saw an interpreter working her magic around age ten and I asked my mom for a sign language book. Expanding my knowledge is what I do for fun, so when you pick me you pick someone who is constantly growing and learning more which will ultimately benefit the student.

I teach a variety of classes that, for the most part, circle around the arts! Some of my classes include, but are not limited to: Acting, Child Acting, Improv Audition Prep, Various styles of “Singing” classes, Ear Training, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Various “Art” classes, Facial Exercises (Which is great for singers, and those who speak a lot day to day to help relieve tension in the face), and more!
For an explanation on each class, I will be recording a video that describes them and posting that on here soon! There is a video trailer of me singing and dancing that is currently available. If you want to know anything more at all please do not hesitate to send me a message and I will respond as quickly as I possibly can!
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· American Sign Language · Online
She is very kind and a very nice teacher. I learned a lot each class.
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Michelle K. October 30, 2018
· American Sign Language · Online
My Daughter loved Sarah, she was more than helpful even as she journeyed from AZ to NJ, awesome that she took the time to pull over and give a class
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Samantha October 14, 2018
· American Sign Language · Online
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About Rebecca L.

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Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

About Rebecca
My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Amanda M. November 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING! Rebecca is so nice and made me feel so relaxed. I was TERRIFIED of singing in front of other people but she didn't care that my voice cracked and that I sung quietly she was so amazing!
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Mikell B. September 17, 2018
· Acting · In home
My son loves her, after we left I asked him how he thought it was and he said mommy this is the best I know I’m going to have fun... she’s funny.
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Debra R. June 21, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Rebecca was very knowledgeable and helpful for my very first lesson. I believe she can really help me improve my pitch and teach me to become a better singer! She is also a very kind woman and has an overall caring approach.. I’m happy I found her and I’m looking forward to working together!
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About Dennis N.

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I have extensive experience in theatre and now film. I think I offer ways for students to give honest performances, whether for auditions or scene study. Additionally, I have developed through my own experience successful approaches to auditioning that should benefit any student.

About Dennis
What are you looking for?

If an audition, I can help you allay those nerves and help you reach a place where you show to best advantage. You CAN be in charge of that audition space.

If scene study, I can help you break it down for maximum impact.

Whatever your needs, I'm here to help and facilitate.

I have many years of experience in theatre, both in Chicago and New York. I have recent experience in film (film I acted in was Best in Middle Coast Film Festival/1918).
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Dennis N.

Dennis N.

Chicago, IL 60643
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About Caroline L.

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Want to hit the stage and be in the spotlight, but don't know where to begin? Feel like you know your casting "type", but want to expand your possibilities? Is performing Shakespeare your worst nightmare? No problem! Within no time at all, I'll make sure that you'd feel confident to rock an audition, know what to expect for a rehearsal process, and how to hone your craft so you'll be prepared for anything a director throws your way. I've studied firsthand with Shakespearean actors who've performed at the Globe Theatre, Musical Theatre performers from both Broadway and the West End, and some of the best improv performers America has to offer. We can figure out which acting approach works best for you, and how you can effectively expand your repertoire. Let's get to work!

About Caroline
Hi there! My name's Caroline, and I'm a working actor and teacher in Chicago. I received my BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi, and then pursued my Masters in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, currently ranked 3rd best Performing Arts Institution in the world. I want to make sure that no matter where you are in your singing or acting career, you will become confident in your skills and be ready to face the world and show just what you uniquely have to offer!

I’ve studied extensively with singing professionals, running the gamut. From members of the National Opera Association to certified Estill Method teachers to pop artists, I take my vast array of knowledge to make sure I find a method and practice that works best for YOU.

Voice students can expect a noticeable improvement in their vocal t
echnique. Whether you’re looking to expand your range, learn how to “belt” or sing classically, or be able to create a true acting connection with a song, I can help you! We’ll start by diagnostically looking at your voice, breaking any “bad habits” and creating a solid foundation on which to build.

I also teach acting, and strive to make sure I meet whatever are my student’s custom criteria: whether that is nailing an audition or callback, how to fully create your own unique approach to a character, or how to make yourself a more flexible and dynamic actor as a whole. I also love helping people crack the daunting code that is Shakespeare and making it more relatable and approachable.

Performing arts teachers are basically cheerleaders, therapists, and mentors all rolled into one; and I hope that I can be that for you! I love teaching because nothing is quite as exhilarating as seeing firsthand how much someone can improve in their skill. So if this sounds like a good fit for you, shoot me a message and let's see just how far you can go to improve yourself and achieve your goals!
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Caroline L.

Caroline L.

Chicago, IL 60614
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About Brian W.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn how to be creatively open and available and in the moment!

Great training for those just starting and fantastic for those more advanced students!​
Become more confident and unleash your creative potential.
Dive into personal exploration of belief in your acting work.
Push your actor training to exciting new levels of discovery and success.
Gain valuable technical skills that assist in releasing truth during any creative process.
It is our goal that upon completion of our workshops participants will:

1) Have established a strong acting skill set.

2) Be equipped with an artistic edge that will help differentiate their talent and keep them competitive.

3) Have enhanced communication skills an improved group dynamic.
An Actor that is strong in both technique and artistic focus is desired. We strive to exhibit performance skills above average, while embracing an understanding of some foundations about entertainment industry. The journey to become a performer is exciting yet ...

About Brian
Brian Weddington is an instructor of Theatre and Communication with the City Colleges of Chicago and past Assistant Professor of Theatre with the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also received his B.A. in Theater. Continuing his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey earned him the M.F.A. in acting. His professional acting career is extensive and varied with theatrical, film and television work throughout the United States and abroad. Some of his creative works include: Episodes of NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago Med, the hit movie Barbershop 2, ABC’s One Life to Live, the National Black Arts Theater Festival production of “The People Who Could Fly”, the Kennedy Center’s theater production of “The Darker Face of the Earth” and “Thieves Carnival”, which was performed at the theater of Southwest Moscow. He has several nat
ional and regional television commercials to his credit including All State Insurance, McDonald’s and Century 21.

His service and dedication to arts in education has allowed him to instruct youth in many performance methods within various community programs including The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program at Gallery 37, After School Matters, Upward Bound, Project CHANCE and the Boys and Girls Club of America. He has worked with Harran Production Foundation to produce “Do you know Your Human Rights” with students from the After School Matters Program at Gallery 37. The group has performed University of Chicago’s Professor Emeritus Dr. Shakeela Hassan’s poem; giving it sound, rhythm, and movement while presenting it at various events including Chicago Unity Month at Soldier’s Field, CUSP Conference, and Chicago Sunday Evening Club’s Greater Chicago Leadership Breakfast.

​He is the Director of Theatre Arts and Co-Founder of the HHW School for the Performing Arts, Director of Programming at Lifevine Works. He currently teaches Oral Communication at Columbia College Chicago and has presently completed a book of scenes and monologues from the African American Christian experience entitled “LIFTED”.
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Chicago, IL 60601
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About Aubrey W.

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Greetings! I'm Aubrey and I am currently the 6th - 12th-grade theatre director for a charter school in Atlanta GA! I have been teaching since 2015 and privately coaching young actors and actresses since 2012! Throughout my career, I have been able to help numerous students ace their college/performing arts school auditions! I've also had the pleasure of leading my students to the regional and state One Act competitions where we have won countless awards! Here is a quick peek at my training and experience:

Education and Training:
Bachelor of Arts - Film
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Theatre Performance
AIFS Shakespeare Globe Study Abroad Program - London (Training/Shakespeare)
Alliance Theatre (Training)
Robert Mello Studios (Method Training/Meisner)
Out of Box Theatre (Stage Manager)
Playwright (Atlanta Black Theatre Festival)

Teaching:
Charles R. Drew Charter School (Teacher 6-12)
A Class Act Actor's Studio (Acting Coach)

I teach theatre performance, tech, and ...

About Aubrey
Greetings!! I am a practicing performance artist​ and theatre educator for a public charter in Atlanta Public Schools! I have produced, directed and stage managed several shows in my professional career and I have also had the pleasure of helping many students get into the theatre schools of their choice!! I have a Bachelor's degree in both theatre and film, and I have been coaching and assisting students since 2012 so my knowledge of performance and audition technique is expansive! I have also trained for many years at the Alliance Theatre and Robert Mello Studios. Almost every year my students receive the recognition for the category of Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor in the state for GHSA region One-Acts. I am currently producing my own work, which was featured at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! I am also an educational liaison
for True Colors Theatre's Act Like A Lady Program - a program that uses theatre as a way to build character in girls grades 6-8. I am extremely serious and passionate about my craft, and I will give you the skills to achieve your goals!
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Aubrey W.

Aubrey W.

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Average Cost of Improv Acting Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute improv acting lessons in Chicago is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $100 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$36 average
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45-min $34
 
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60-min $42
 
$60 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute improv acting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute improv acting lessons are 27% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $36.

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