If you've gotten on any subway in NYC within the last year, you would know a thing or two about public performers. The talented, acrobatic, lyrical and rare talents who share visual skillsets to the world of commuters. "LiteFeet" is the technical description of this art, where dancers/artists congregate to make your trip into town that much more entertaining. A donation of any kind is enough, as these talents are occupying idle time with their natural gifts.
Just a few days prior to this article, an upcoming vocalist boarded my train, commanded the attention of everyone with impressive singing/dancing abilities. So much so, my daughter who accompanied me started clapping and singing along. (Oh, my baby girl is only 3 years old - just to add) And if it was that good to entertain her tastes, it was well worth the donation and fare. Now my daughter always wants to ride the train, and so do I in anticipation of encountering these talents.
Unfortunately, there's a resistance here. City officials and government are deeming these acts a felony and are locking up and fining these performers. It shouldn't be a crime to showcase your talents pubicly, right? Well - it is. Especially in NYC.
According to Seeker Network:
"...more than 240 Litefeet dancers were arrested. The arrests are part of a larger policing strategy called "broken windows" that is meant to stop smaller crimes in order to deter larger, more serious crimes from happening."
However, there hasn't been any crimes reported due to the art of LiteFeet. So the real question at hand is simple: Why is it illegal to display your acrobatic talents publicly on the subway train? Especially when it hasn't harmed anyone and has been a positive addition to a long commute? At this point, it's embedded in NYC's commuter culture that's undeniably present.
Seeker Network Finishes Their Point With This:
"An advocacy group called Waffle, is currently fighting for ways to make Litefeet stick around. They've been promoting legal venues for the dancing to take place, while also fighting the police crackdown on subway arrests. It's a tough battle considering many New Yorkers are now jaded or even annoyed by these dance performances and aren't willing to stand up for their longevity."
And if that's what it'l take to keep a $2.50 fare reliable, friendly and entertaining, why tarnish it? Check out the film above and share your thoughts on this. What do you think? Does the artform of LiteFeet deserve be 'banned' from the Subway system, or should it be embraced? We'd love to hear your thoughts.