Meet The NY Subway WAFFLE Dance Crew That Got Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on ‘AGT’
One of the acts we’re most excited about this season on America’s Got Talent is WAFFLE Dance Crew. The 10-member group is sure to make a splash when they take the stage during AGT Season 15.
The group has gone viral in the past for their incredible moves and positive attitude. Learn more about them below, including how they came up with their name and how they’ve given back to their community.
5 Facts About ‘AGT’s WAFFLE Dance Crew
1. WAFFLE dances on the New York Subway.
The group’s members perform a style of dance called Litefeet, which emerged in Harlem in the early 2000s. It features the Harlem Shake, as well as several other moves. The WAFFLE members perform on subway cars, often incorporating the poles into their performances.
Why are they called WAFFLE? It’s not because they like breakfast food. The name is actually an acronym for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, which was inspired by the Sister Sledge song “We Are Family.”
2. The members used to compete against each other.
The group’s dancers first met each other when they attended Litefeet battles. They performed on the subway to make enough money to get into these events. Eventually, they decided to band together.
“Over time, we realized performing together as a unit is better than competing with each other,” group member Johno said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres when explaining their origins.
3. They’ve appeared on ‘Ellen’ several times.
Speaking of Ellen, WAFFLE Dance Crew has appeared on her show several times over the past few years. During their first appearance, the show built them a fake subway car to perform in.
The group told Ellen that they aim to spread positivity to New Yorkers on the subway. They say dancing has saved their lives, as it prevented them from getting pulled into “dark spaces” in the city.
4. They paid forward their $100,000 gift.
Ellen DeGeneres partnered with Walmart to give WAFFLE Dance Crew their biggest tip ever, at $100,000. During their next appearance on the show, they revealed how they used the money.
The group said Ellen changed their lives. They invested in themselves personally, as one member was able to afford his first apartment. But they also paid it forward by partnering with Reebok to give away 200 pairs of shoes in their community.
5. They’re still performing during the pandemic.
The group has been posting videos on their Instagram account featuring members wearing masks and hazmat suits during the coronavirus pandemic. They even shared a video dancing on a nearly-empty subway car, complete with disinfectant spray.
We’ll have to wait and see if the pandemic will affect their performances going forward on AGT. We’re sure they’ll make it work somehow.