We Spent a Night on the F Train With Two Showtime Dancers

Categories: Dancing, MTA, Photos

All photos by Jason Speakman for the Village Voice
"For me, it's either this or the shelter," says showtime dancer Antonio.
It didn't take long for Eli and Antonio to count up their earnings: Each of the subway dancers took home about $11 for two hours of work on a recent Friday on the F Train, from 34th Street to Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn and back, or as they call it, an "up-and-down."

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Here Is Charlie Rangel's "Waiting To Go On Television" Dance

Rangel's also still spry enough for a hearty double thumbs-up
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According to the Congressman's Vine account, we've now learned that he'll also bust out his moves in the brief moments while awaiting the start of a live interview.

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Robert Jeffrey, Dancing Madonna Boy of 1991, Truly Embodies Summer Fridays

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Michelle Obama Can Dance. Obviously.

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