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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 9:26 am, Fri Aug 30, 2013.

New York City is swarming with servicemen and women on leave. Three sailors enter a bar, have a beer, and begin to angle their way into the good graces of the first girls they find. They compete for dates not by making small talk or buying drinks but by dancing.

This is the ballet Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein, later adapted into the 1944 Broadway musical On the Town and a 1949 movie starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Fancy Free is considered by many to be an American dance masterpiece.

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