By Kayla Hoolwerf


W.A.F.F.L.E (We Are Family For Life Entertainment) crew gave their final performance on the subways of New York City in July 2014, following a new law prohibiting performing on trains. It was implemented as a part of the “broken windows theory,” suggesting that ignoring quality-of-life crimes, such as graffiti, drug deals and prostitution, send the idea that more serious crimes are permissible. Subway performing has been added to that list, arguing that it is dangerous to performers and onlookers.

The W.A.F.F.L.E crew is one of many groups in New York City that used the subculture of subway dance to stay away from bad influences closer to home. The urban dance style known as “lite feet” originated in New York neighbourhoods, between Harlem and the Bronx, and as a freestyle form is all about expression. Dancers are free to use props, such as hats or shoes, with their movement and some incorporarate the subway poles. 

The group continues to perform and has moved on to build a name for themselves through videos, music, commercials and TV appearances. This short documentary chronicles W.A.F.F.L.E crew’s last subway show with the hope that people will see how their dance is a greater avenue to doing something productive with their lives.

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