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NYPD Seeks To End Subway “Showtime!” Breakdancing [Video]


The New York Police Department is cracking down on subway breakdancers, arresting more and more “Showtime!” performers every single day.

According to ABC News, NYPD has arrested more than 240 breakdancers in 2014, a sixfold increase from the year prior. Besides notoriously harassing subway vendors and panhandlers, cops have begun to zero in on train-riding breakdancers, arresting them on charges like reckless endangerment.

“Is it a significant crime? Certainly not,” Police Commission William Bratton told AP. “Does it have the potential both for creating a level of fear as well as a level of risk that you want to deal with?”

If you’ve ever been one of the rare onlookers to get hit in the face or kicked in head, then you should be happy about this. But one performer feels otherwise. “We’re not just knuckleheads… We’re actually about something,” said Andrew “Goofy” Saunders, 20-year-old dancer whose group has been booked for music videos thanks to their transit shows.

While it is illegal to perform on a subway train or a bus, the law states it is legal to perform on transit facilities.

Watch a famous NYC “Showtime!” set in the video below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  • paganalexandira

    I’m showing my age, but it annoys me when people listen to loud music on the train, so that alone would bother me. My first thought is, “I realize maybe your Metro PCS phone didn’t come with earphones, but everyone doesn’t share your musical taste.” It doesn’t look like the other commuters are that impressed either.

    • enfantterrible33

      I don’t think they should ban it, it’s part of New York culture. its not like they are performing for hours or until you get off at your stop. Take the stick out your butt. It’s a positive way for these young guys to make some cash, through dance.

      • paganalexandira

        They could do it in the station, not in a closed environment that invades other peoples space. Do i think the police have more important things to worry about? God’s yes, but also hate when other’s aren’t considerate of others in confined spaces too.

  • LP1087

    Typical response from the police in this city. Anything to get the young black male in the system, particularly for future references. Not one ounce of respect for these fools these days


      I don’t see why Black guys can’t do it somewhere else though..or open up a business where they showcase their dance on a stage and get BIG money.

  • Niks

    I must say..most of the time…it annoys me…these dancers can find a place to gym…dance classes ($20 or less)…etc to practice and dance…other than doing it on the trains…While I was on train one evening…a lady was kicked in the arm, and another man’s hat was kicked off his head by a dancers foot…all of these were mistakes…but these mistakes must be alleviated…

    and lets be real here…they are doing it to put a little cash in their pockets…bottom line…so positive or not…get a job…or go to school…but don’t “panhandle” on the train and call it “dancing”

    I know they are taking the dancing tactics to another level…before it was above the platforms…then on the platforms…now they’re dancing on the trains, while they’re moving…swinging from poles…its dangerous…and personally, not that entertaining…go to the playground where there are tons of bars to hang from and show your “death defying” skills…

  • She BAD

    Subway acrobats haha