Rayquan Perez of 2Live Describes the Life of a Subway Dancer
Rayquan Perez is a 19-year-old dancer with 2Live, a group that performs on the 4 and 2 trains. He spoke to Brian Lehrer about what it’s like to flip and somersault through a moving subway car, and about the crackdown on dancers.
How’d he get into dancing?
His uncles used to dance with Crazy Legs and taught him and his cousins how to perform on the trains. “They wanted me to stay out of trouble and stuff, so instead of getting into trouble I started dancing.”
What’s a good day?
$100 to 150 over 3 or 4 hours of work – but he could keep going all day. Money really comes out on Fridays with tourists and events at Barclays or the stadiums.
Has anyone from the group been arrested in the latest crackdown?
Two of his cousins, both 2Live members, were arrested for dancing in a subway car – and his uncle was arrested and is still in jail for an outstanding warrant. “I never thought dancing was a crime, I thought it was a way to express yourself.”
What happens when you get arrested just for dancing?
“We have to go through the whole system.” Rayquan heard from his cousins that they got community service, but the next time it happens they could get 30 days in jail – and that bail is $5,000.
So… have they stopped dancing on the trains?
“Nah, I’m about to go dancing today,” he said. And no, he’s not afraid of the bail.
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It’s Throwback Thursday and we’re marking the 25th anniversary of the show this fall with a dip into the Brian Lehrer Show archives every week.
This week, we highlight part of Brian’s conversation with legendary comedian George Carlin in 2007 in which they talk about Carlin’s July 1972 arrest over the “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” Here he is describing the picture of him getting arrested.
You can find Brian’s whole interview (and it’s really worth a listen) here.