On the television screen were ballerinas. A buzzer sounded in George's head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm.
That was a real pretty dance, that dance they just did
That dance-it was nice
Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous
Ladies and Gentlemen
A living, breathing Harrison filled the screen
Who will be my Empress?
This is the set up of the apocalyptic setting of the story. It tells you that George is above average intelligence and must be hindered because of that. His handicap is an ear piece that send loud sounds into his head to scatter his thoughts so he can't be better than anyone else.
This scene announces (literally and figuratively) that something crazy has happened- a fugitive has escaped from jail. This is the build up of suspense that puts the reader on edge and prepares them for the climax.
This scene is the beginning of the climax. It is when Harrison begins to take off his handicaps and gets his Empress. Then they will dance until the handicapper general comes to shoot them down.