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Joe Cino didn’t look much like a dancer. Barely five feet nine inches tall and sometimes described as “roundish,” Cino was generous of lip, cheek, nose, girth, and spirit, with an open face capped by thick, dark curls. In 1948, at about 16 years old, he had moved from Buffalo, New York, to New York City by bus in a blizzard, and for the next near-decade, tried to make it as a dancer.
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