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Boca is the center of the college dance world this weekend

For three days it’s all about Boca Raton, at least for emerging talent in the dance world.

The sixth annual College Dance Fair, where high school students can survey college programs and take master classes, returns to Boca Ballet Theatre's Countess de Hoernle Center for Dance (7630 NW Sixth Ave., Boca Raton) Sept. 1-3.

“Many of our aspiring dancers were spending thousands of dollars going to multiple cities to visit college programs,” said Dan Guin, artistic director and executive director of Boca Ballet Theatre. “And then they get there and that dance program is not really for them.”

Guin says that parents who had children in his dance school were frustrated with the costly and time-consuming process and asked him, “Is there any way to cut through all this red tape?” He couldn’t find a national fair for college-bound dancers, so in 2012 Guin asked colleges and universities he thought had worthy dance programs to send representatives to South Florida for a college fair, specifically for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing dance as a career.

“I’m a bit of a dance snob,” he admits. “There are hundreds of dance programs and maybe 20 of them are professionally viable. I’ve got dancers from Seattle and San Francisco flying to Boca to do this because it is so unique.”

By partnering with dancewear manufacturer Só Dança, the Boca Ballet Theatre was able to bring in nine colleges, including Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Florida State University School of Dance and Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California Irvine.

In addition to the information sessions, students can take master classes with faculty members. All of the $179 spaces for this weekend are sold out (there is a waiting list). Those interested in next year can get more information by emailing Cindy Surman at CSurman@bocaballet.org. For more on the College Dance Fair, go to CollegeDanceFair.org.

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