W.A.F.F.L.E. crew of New York subway dancers
Winner of the Neighborhood award at Lower East Side Film Festival 2015. With special thanks to Hannah Vasdekys and Nowness. Scott Carthy’s debut film ‘Litefeet’ documents the recently criminalized art of subway dancing. This footage is from of one of NYC’s most prolific dance groups, the W.A.F.F.L.E. crew, leading up to their last dance on the improvised stage of a subway car.
Carthy combines art with a documentary for this sensitive, eye-watering clean-lined piece. Litefeet is a branch of the street (dance) performance originating from the neighborhoods of New York, Harlem and the Bronx. These iconic places once teemed with violence but what followed was unrivalled creativity which has been passed down through generations. The birth of Hip Hop, break dancing, and a myriad of other disciplines of dance are the fruit of the struggles people faced. Litefeet inherited a little from many of these styles, principally the Harlem Shake, Chicken Noodle Soup, Aunt Jackie, and Tone Wop.