Yan Cong

Photographer
  
"Lite Feet" on the train
Location: Beijing
Nationality: China
Biography: Yan Cong (b.1991) is a researcher and independent photographer based in Amsterdam. Her current research interests are platform, datafication, ethical AI, culture production and labor. Yan is the co-founder of  Far & Near , a newsletter... MORE
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"Lite Feet" on the train
Copyright Yan Cong 2022
Updated Jan 2014
Topics Arts, Minority, Photography, photojournalism, Youth

"Lite Feet" is a genre of dance originated in Harlem. A group of 15 Lite Feet dancers, mainly black young men at the age of 17 to early 20s, from neighborhoods in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn all over the city, called themselves "W.A.F.F.L.E." (We are Family for Life Entertainment). Through out the week, they dance, do tricks and collect donations from commuters on the subway, usually between Union Square and Bedford Avenue on the L train, and between Union Square and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center on the Q train. Randy, one of the WAFFLE members, produces the music they dance to. "We are the first to dance like this on subway trains," said Andrew, known as Goofy, the team leader of "W.A.F.F.L.E." He started "Lite Feet" dancing about three years ago, and founded "W.A.F.F.L.E." last year. "There are a lot of people doing the same thing right now, but we are the first, and people know us."

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