Metropolitan Ballet Theatre - Annual Report Fiscal Year 2013


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Official Annual Report of the Board of Directors at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre in Montgomery County, MD.

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Annual Report Fiscal Year 2013 July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 Celebrating a proud history and looking to an exciting future.


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Leadership, Faculty, and Support Staff Artistic Director Elizabeth Odell Catlett Ballet Master Tyrone C. Walker Director, Development & Marketing Paula Ross Business & Communications Manager Brenda Lipowsky Founder: Suzanne Erlon Faculty Elizabeth Odell Catlett Rachel Coyle Jessica Ellis Jennifer Hausdorfer Michael Jackson Jr. Matina Phillips Christine Sawyer Katie Smith Tyrone C. Walker Laura Wilson Laurie Zavadil Board of Directors President Erica Hwang Vice President Gretchen Fitzpatrick Secretary Sharon Tharkur Treasurer Leslie Wallace Directors Anita Anderson Elizabeth Odell Catlett Cheryl Heller Jeff Katz Sanja Modric Yves Pelletier Jay Reilly Denise Sinay Thank you to these immediate past Board Members for their service: Valerie Luster Kally Panagos Chris Rommel Laurie Zavadil Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Inc. is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Inc. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Photography by: Goli Kaviani & Elizabeth Odell Catlett Cover photography, clockwise from top left: Academy photo, Academic 2 level; Party Scene, The Nutcracker, December 2012; Academy photo, Early Ballet level; Butterfly, Thumbelina, March 2013; Academy photo, Apprentice 1 level; Snow Scene, The Nutcracker, December 2012 Above: Board of Directors meeting, September 2013 Metropolitan Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization. Gifts are gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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From the President of the Board 2012-13 was an exciting year of positive change at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy (“MBT”). Through these changes, MBT stayed focused on progress while upholding our tradition of teaching dancers to be the best that they can be. The Board of Directors appointed Elizabeth Odell Catlett as Interim Artistic Director in July 2012, and with confidence one year later, changed her leadership position to permanent Artistic Director. Ms. Catlett choreographed and directed a refreshed version of MBT’s The Nutcracker and MBT’s premiere of Thumbelina. Ms. Catlett also implemented changes in the Academy which were enthusiastically supported by MBT families: a new class progression structure, student and faculty mentoring programs, and formation of a student government association. Our outreach programs continued to thrive in bringing dance to the broader community. Girl Scout troops met cast members after attending performances of The Nutcracker and Thumbelina. MBT dancers also performed Thumbelina excerpts as well as other original choreography at the MCPS Performing Arts Festival and at Gaithersburg’s Kentlands Day. Students visited preschools, senior centers and community events to demonstrate their art form. Tyrone Walker, MBT’s Ballet Master, created the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, a group of professional dancers selected by audition, to complement existing outreach and to represent MBT regionally. Ms. Paula Ross joined MBT as our new Director of Development and Marketing in November 2012. She quickly and successfully launched MBT25, MBT’s first Capital Campaign toward our planned relocation and expansion to a larger studio in Gaithersburg in 2014. Vigorous effort by MBT staff and Board of Directors, and dedicated support from MBT families and friends, have allowed MBT25 to raise close to $70,000 thus far excluding grants. Ms. Ross also strengthened our networks within the arts and non-arts community and heightened MBT’s visibility by highlighting the all-inclusive, nurturing qualities which make MBT unique. Our mission was on display at our first annual MBT Gala, held this past May at Black Rock Center for the Arts. The Gala included student demonstrations at every academic level, a student choreography competition fostering creativity, diversity and self-confidence, debut of the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, and an evening of fun and camaraderie to culminate a year of hard work, bustling activity and new direction. This successful year would not have been possible without the diligence of the MBT staff, the energy of our dancers, and the generosity of our volunteers and donors from within and outside of MBT. Thank you all very much! Sincerely, Erica W. Hwang President, Board of Directors


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From the Artistic Director It’s official! Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy is relocating to Perry Parkway. This has been such a rewarding and transformational year for MBT. Tyrone C. Walker was introduced as our new Ballet Master, Paula Ross joined our team as Marketing and Development Director, and I officially transitioned from Interim Artistic Director to Artistic Director. I am amazed when I look back on this year to think about all the accomplishments this nearly 25-year-old organization has made in such a short period of time. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy has placed a large emphasis on the advancement in our students’ training and technique. Technical guidelines and expectations have been instilled by our cohesive faculty and additionally MBT has provided more parent/teacher conferences and oneon-one student evaluations. New uniforms, higher standards of performance, along with caring and nurturing instruction are helping to transform this studio into an academy that produces professional-level dancers. Programs such as the Big/Little Mentoring Program and the Student Government Association were also developed to create a learning atmosphere, promoting teamwork, responsibility, and confidence within our students. This past performance season was an exciting and memorable one. As Interim Artistic Director, I had the privilege of choreographing The Nutcracker and was able to create a brand new ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, Thumbelina. Thumbelina was a thrilling experience; the search for a full length musical composition, construction of costumes and props, creation of characters and new choreography was an experience that I am proud to say earned two sold out shows! MBT also had success with the new addition of our Annual Gala & Dance Concert. The event touched hearts and showcased our dancers ranging in ages 4- 51 years. Students performed diverse ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop demonstrations, along with original choreographed works by myself and Tyrone C. Walker. The Gala & Dance Concert also hosted the Student Choreography Competition where four adjudicated works were presented and judged by a panel. The Gala also raised nearly $9,000 to help MBT move forward to our new location! Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy has transformed in so many positive ways. We look forward to carrying this energy into our new space at Perry Parkway and as we near closer to MBT’s 25th Anniversary! Thank you for making this year a meaningful and energetic year. Sincerely, Elizabeth Catlett


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Nov-Dec 2012: 24th annual production of The Nutcracker Elizabeth Odell Catlett’s and Tyrone C. Walker’s updates to MBT’s traditional full-length Nutcracker were received with rave reviews from both long-time MBT patrons and patrons new to MBT’s outstanding productions. 111 dancers, including 6 professional dancers and adults in the party scene, took the stage for 10 performances. Approximately 4,000 patrons witnessed the magic of MBT’s fabulous costumes and beautiful scenery – including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets. MBT’s incredible volunteers logged over 1,000 hours to make this production a reality. Meeting our Mission: Professional Performing Opportunities March 2013: an original production of Thumbelina MBT’s all-original production of Thumbelina was a storybook ballet for the record books! For the very first time, MBT’s spring production sold out! 44 students and faculty members performed for two audiences totaling approximately 1,000 patrons. Audiences were enchanted with Thumbelina’s oversized world, and watched as her adventures unfolded in this beautiful ballet. Elizabeth Odell Catlett received accolades for her selection and re-arrangement of the score, as well as for her engaging choreography. As always, MBT’s volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure a seamless production, logging over 800 hours to create costumes and sets from scratch! May 2013: Gala & Dance Concert Students of all ages, levels and disciplines took the stage at MBT’s 1st annual Gala & Dance Concert. The event raised approximately $9,000 for capital needs, as well as gave our students an amazing endof-year celebration! Over 100 students, adult ensemble dancers and professionals performed to a sold-out crowd at BlackRock Center for the Arts. This event would not have been possible without major support from corporate sponsors Whole Foods Market Kentlands, Not Your Average Joes, CalPRO Group, and SpagNVola Chocolatier. Of note, four company dancers presented original pieces, previously adjudicated as part of the annual choreography competition. Guest judges awarded the choregraphy competition prize to Jessica Tatum. Also of note, The Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, under the direction of Tyrone C. Walker, premiered its first piece. This Ensemble, comprised of professional dancers selected by audition, was formed to help perform MBT’s arts outreach programs, and members will mentor Academy students through faculty appointments and productions. It was a very memorable evening! Building self-confidence, discipline, creativity and flexibilty


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Me e t ing o ur Mi ssi on : Taking D an c e to O ur C o mmun i t y Outreach Events MBT continually raises the “barre” to take our artform beyond our studio wall and stages. Our students and faculty reach thousands annually - including many underserved youth and seniors in our community - through outreach classes, demonstration events, classroom visits, free community performances and more. As part of our mission, we also host a ticket giveaway program so that at-risk or underserved youth and seniors are able to enjoy a live performance with their family or friends. Here is a sample of our fiscal year 2013 outreach: 2013 June Open House with free classes at MBT Studios May Visit to the Katherine Thomas School for arts outreach classes; National Dance Week Day of Dance with various providers and disciplines at MBT Studios; Free community performance and demonstrations at Kentlands Day, Gaithersburg, MD; Free Master class with Elizabeth Catlett, open to the public as part of National Dance Week; Summit Hall Elementary School Career Day, Gaithersburg, MD – Artistic Director and Development Director presentations and demonstrations April Arts outreach instruction - day of dance classes at Holy Redeemer; MCPS Performing Arts Festival, outreach performance, Rockville, MD March –May MBT Ballet Master led nine free master classes at Duke Ellington School of the Arts March Students from the Katherine Thomas School visited MBT’s studios for dance classes; Ticket giveaways to Family Services, Inc. for Thumbelina February Arts outreach instruction - day of dance classes at Dufief ES 2012 Approximately Every Other Friday – Classes for Seniors at Engleside Community Center, King Farm Community, Rockville, MD December Ticket giveaways to local service organizations for The Nutcracker; Arts outreach performance at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Tree Lighting (photo to right) November Arts outreach performance at The Franklin School, Rockville, MD; Arts outreach demonstration and performance for seniors at The Ring House senior living center; Arts outreach performance and day of dance classes at Holy Redeemer; Arts outreach performance at Cedar Grove; Arts outreach performance at Watch Me Grow October Visit to the Katherine Thomas School for arts outreach classes; Arts outreach performance at Whetstone Elementary School Enhancing civic responsibility through outreach to the community.


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Educational Programming MBT is unique as a classical ballet school in that we are all-inclusive. We accept any student, regardless of age, size, shape, technical ability, previous experience, future aspirations or economic circumstances. We serve students from age 2 through adult, and offer an adaptive ballet program for those students with developmental or physical disabilities. We believe arts education makes a well-rounded person, and that every student deserves the opportunity for a premier dance education. Our Academy currently serves nearly 300 students in classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop dance. A few statistics from fiscal year 2013 programs: • • • • • 287 students participated in the academic year program, taught by 7 faculty members. 206 students participated in the summer program, taught by 5 faculty members. Scholarships totaling over $15,000 were provided to families in need. MBT’s Student Government Association led three major social events for the student body. Over 25 pairs of students particpated in the Big-Little mentoring program, where younger students are paired with older students to particpate in social activities, class visitations and letter-trades throughout the year. One new discipline, hip hop, was added to the curriculum. Adult programs were expanded to include stretch & tone classes, along with ballet and jazz. Meeting our Mission: A Premier Dance Education to Everyone • • Photos: Top: Early Ballet Level, Big-Little Pair Middle: Apprentice Level Lower: Student Company Level Opposite: faculty member Katie Smith at outreach performance Professional dance education in a caring, nurturing environment.


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Thank you to these Friends of MBT Donations received July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 Sponsors ($10,000+) Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Margaret Abell Powell Fund ($2,000+) Community Foundation for Montgomery County (County Executive’s Ball for the Arts & Humanities), Lucy and Grant Lock, Maryland State Arts Council Donors ($1,000 - $1,999) Erica and David Hwang, Les Gals Activewear, Brenda and Mark Lipowsky, Sanja and Tomislav Modric, Whole Foods Market Kentlands Fr i e n d s of M BT - T h an k y o u ! Sustainers ($500 - $999) Gretchen and Daniel Fitzpatrick, Cheryl and Michael Heller, JD Katz, Kathy and Vernon Johnson, Ledo Pizza Travilah Square, The Panagos Family Contributors ($250 - $499) Anonymous, Virginia Colten-Bradley and Michael Bradley, Chris Danaceau, Claire Danaceau, Amirah and Ramy Iskander, Jaqueline and Thomas Manger, The Pelletier Family, Karlyne and Jay Reilly, Dew Vaughn and Drew Powell, Leigh Ann and Jon White Friends ($100 - $249) Anita and Eric Anderson, Anonymous, Colleen and Rick Bergeron, Sharon and Lew Berman, Harold Bess, Aminta and Kevin Binger, Pascale Brady, Barbara and Russell Brown, Elizabeth and Ryan Catlett, Kathy Coakley, Rob Cunningham, Kathleen and Guy Edwards, Trish and Fred Evans, Shayla Fahey, Franklin Montessori School, Aida Flores and Jose Gonzalez, The George Family, Diane and David Greene, Mary Lou and Charles Haggard, Summer and Peter Hardinge, Holy Redeemer Church, Heather and Jeff Katz, Michelle and Danny Kaufman, The Kaviani family, Colleen Kemp and Donald Bliss, The McPhillips/Quintanilla Family, Richard Minning, Tonie and Chris Rommel, Paula and Andrew Ross, Anne Rossi, Denise and Michael Sinay, Lynn and Samuel Stahl, Nitsa Stamoulis and Tim Angelos, Peggy and David Stroncek, Sweet Frog Travilah Square, Sharon and Michael Tharkur, Whole Foods Market Rockville, Chris Zhao and Jade Zhou Supporters ($50 - $99): Cindy and Jeff Anapolsky, Blossom and Germaine Baker, Molli P. Barnes, Crystal and Ramon Calá, Marjorie and Jamie Cohen, Audrey Corson and Daniel Kazzaz, Christy and Mark Davis, Lisa Denison, Cheryl and Rick Dottermusch, Patricia Edmonds-Ball, Lily Fu and Xin Chen, Teri and Mike Gureckis, Song Han and Sang Oh, Pamela and Gerard Heiber, Carolyn and Scott Herman, The Kessler Family, Jill and Andrew Klein, Jennifer and David Macht, Gale McCallum, Tawnya McKee, Stephanie and Jason Mills, Heather Patrick and David Newell, Grace and Steve Polan, Mara and Bob Primosch, Bonita and Johnny Reyes, The Rossi Family, Anna and Bart Sambor, Lorraine and Mike Slud, Iyu Sillers, Erin and David Stillwell, Yolanda and Frank Su, Laurie and Nate Tatum, Joyce Tso and Thomas Chen, Tyrone C. Walker, Christina and Richard White, Janet and Steve Wilson, Agnieszka and Janusz Wnek, Barbara Wyckoff, Lily Yang and John Yu, Jae Young and Joohwan Moon ($25 - $49): Myra and Rick Cohen, Aaron Fensterheim, Jaye and Bob Greenfest, Colleen Hutchings, Jayne Korolkoff, Julia Labovsky, Jackie and Glenn Meltzer, Steve Peklenk, Jacquelyn and Donald Silverman, Mike Sneed, Leslie and Joe Wallace; ($1 - $24): Eddie Coker, Ellen and Alan Cunningham, Nicky Hunt, Jorge Ivan Jordan, Tyra Magee, Poramate Minsiri, Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, Bud Stickley, Jan Whiteacre Corporate Sponsors (significant in-kind support) The CalPRO Group, Not Your Average Joes, SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier, Whole Foods Market Kentlands In-Kind Supporters: These generous individuals and businesses offered in-kind donations/services to MBT’s programs and events: Ailey 2, Halcy Bohen, Bowlmor Lanes, Bretton Woods Golf Club, Barbara & Russell Brown, California Tortilla, Elizabeth & Ryan Catlett , Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Coal Fire Pizza, Virginia Colten-Bradley, Ellen Cunningham, Cuppa Love Tea, Kathy Coakley, Footlights, Jaye & Bob Greenfest, Pat Gross, Leah Haworth, Erica & David Hwang, International Spy Store, Heather & Jeff Katz, Goli Kaviani, The Kemp-Bliss Family, Richard Kline, Brenda & Mark Lipowsky, Mamma Lucia Restaurant, Sara Mangiaracina, MBT Board of Directors, Chad Older, Kristen Paolini, Susan & Yves Pelletier, Perfectly Pressed, Potomac Garden Center, Potomac Pizza, Potomac Riverboat Company, Karlyne & Jay Reilly, Tonie & Chris Rommel, Paula & Andrew Ross, Katie Smith, Sharon & Michael Tharkur, Vamoose Bus, Tyrone C. Walker


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Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Position MBT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization. Thanks to our generous donors and patrons, MBT had a very strong year. MBT also is poised for a strong year ahead, able to continue the high quality of dance education, outreach and productions. We will be able to move our students into a beautiful new facility while maintaining MBT’s financial stability. MBT proudly upholds a 24-year tradition of debt-free operations and is very stable. Fiscal Year 2013 Financials Fiscal Year 2013 Revenue & Expense Unrestricted Revenue Earned: Interest: Reclassification Contributed: Total: 501,179 251 (435) 86,793 587,788 (+15% over FY12) 420,674 12,483 82,938 516,075 (+0% over FY12) Expense Program: Fundraising: General &Admin: Total: Net Unrestricted Activity: 71,713 Net Restricted Activity: 80,474 Total Net Activity: 152,187


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Expanding to Further Serve More Students and the Community D 2 M S $ E C MBT’s current home will be demolished next year. We will move in spring 2014 to a new space nearby in Gaithersburg. The timing is perfect to use this need to relocate as an opportunity to expand to further serve more dancers and the community. After an extensive search, we have signed a 15-year lease for a 7,732 sq ft space at 220 Perry Parkway. This will represent a significant physical and programmatic expansion. Our new space will serve not only our students, but also the greater Montgomery County arts community. Our new in-studio theatre will be available to other dance groups for rehearsal or performance space; availability of proper sprung dance flooring for such organizations is minimal in this part of Montgomery County. “MBT25” is our capital fundraising campaign to raise needed funds to build out a new studio space. ARZ Detailed plans and construction updates can be found at G $ P $ C H K L A $ H B L S T R $ P V E S J M U You can help us to “Bring M Your gift makes a difference! Please home! Naming opportunities are av patrons thank you! MBT25 gifts can To establish a giving plan or for add


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Thank you for your gifts and pledges to MBT25. Director’s Circle 25,000+ Montgomery County, MD Sustainer Circle $10,000 - $24,999 Erica and David Hwang City of Gaithersburg, Maryland Grand Jeté $5,000 – 9,999 Pirouette $2,500 – $4,999 Cheryl and Michael Heller Heidi and Jack Hsia Kally and Andrew Panagos Leslie and Joe Wallace Arabesque $1,000 – $2,499 Heather and Jeff Katz Brenda and Mark Lipowsky Lucy Anne and Grant Lock Sanja and Tom Modric Teresa Wu Relevé $500-$999 Pascale Brady Virginia Colten-Bradley and Michael Bradley, in honor of Ana Colten-Bradley Elizabeth and Ryan Catlett Sally and David Catlett Joanne and Jerry Cohen Michelle and Ted George Ursula and John Heberlein Goli and Kamyar Kaviani Caroline and Chiang Mei Tonie and Christopher Rommel Katie and Drew Smith, in honor of Mack Smith Texas Instruments Sharon and Michael Tharkur Plié $50 - $499 Cindy and Jeff Anapolsky Molly Anapolsky Anita Anderson Antezana & Antezana, LLC Monica Barrion and Appolon Fanzares Ebru Bozacioglu and Gregg Willhauck, and Sara Willhauck Clark Construction Ellen and Alan Cunningham DancEthos Gretchen and Dan Fitzpatrick Fay and Preston Gnagey Margie Geotz Pat Gross Mary Lou and Charles Haggard Cheryl and Michael Heller Mary and Paul Hlavinka Amie Hsia Kathy and Vernon Johnson, in honor of Cathy and Lyddie Johnson Tony and Katie Lam, in honor of Sydney Lam Sandra Li and Chinlin Chai Valerie and Troy Luster Jennifer and David Macht Christine Mei Metro Metro & Associates Judith and Robert Murphy, in honor of Kayla and Fiona Murphy Not Your Average Joes Columbus Mack Julie Novick and Michael Feshbach Susan and Yves Pelletier Jody Rosenblum Paula and Andrew Ross, in honor of Anna and Alex Vanessa Rowan Nancy Samit Ann and William Schlossenberg Swati Sil and Partha Chowdhury and Shreeya Chowdhury Denise and Michael Sinay Elsa Tung Laura Wilson Laurie Zavadil Contributor or Student Campaign Sponsor $1 - $49 Anonymous Austin Katz Frannie and Dick Kessler, in honor of Anna Kessler Brenda Lipowsky, in honor of Gaby Vinick’s Bat Mitzvah Brenda Lipowsky, in honor of Molly Anapolsky’s Bat Mitzvah Brenda Lipowsky, in honor of MBT 2013 Graduating Seniors Brenda Lipowsky, in honor of Rachel Berman’s Bat Mitzvah Dana Lipowsky The Manikoth Family Lynn Stahl Alice and Charles Wachter MBT25 - Bringing MBT to a New Home MBT Home!” e consider a tax-deductible donation to our MBT25 Capital Campaign and help us bring MBT to a new vailable for many spaces in the new studio. Our students, Board of Directors, faculty, staff, volunteers and n be made in installments through December 2014. ditional information, please email


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M BT i s n ot ju st a d an c e a c a d e my. . . it’s a fami ly. A recent post from alumna Morgan George “...MBT not only became a place where I learned to dance and perform; it became a home. I received so much more than just excellent training. The teachers and administration welcomed me with open arms and I gladly accepted. I thrived as a dancer from the personal and meaningful corrections in my classes and I grew as a person from the advice I received outside of the studio. I learned life lessons that I will always carry with me and met a handful of people who irrevocably influenced me for the rest of my life. MBT is not simply a dance studio. It is a safe haven from the schoolwork, a pause from the problems, and a home away from home where your friends become your family. MBT’s 2013 Gala & Dance Concert In retrospect, the biggest lesson I learned is to appreciate. Appreciate the roles you receive, no matter how minute they may seem because you may end up learning skills you never would have before. Appreciate the corrections that may irritate you to no end because you’ll reap the rewards one thousand fold in your dancing and in your life. Appreciate the moments you spend with your best friends because some day you may not be able to be with them every single day. But most of all, appreciate everything MBT has to offer and use every minute of your time to the best of your ability because your time at the studio won’t last forever and what you put into MBT you will receive in measures beyond belief. “ Morgan and her “little sister” Ella at --Morgan George is a 2013 graduate and 2012-’13 President, MBT Student Goverment Association. Her full post is available at 10076 Darnestown Road, Suite 202 Rockville, MD 20850 301-762-1757



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