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    Nasir Malave, 5, rests on the shoulder of Dashawn Martin while waiting on a subway platform in New York. The roughly 12-person troupe has largely stopped performing on subways because of the police attention. Members now hope to line up a public space to flip with permission.The Associated Press

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    Marc Mack, 8, a member with the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., which stands for We Are Family For Life Entertainment, collects money from subway riders after a performance in New York. The Associated Press

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    Marc Mack, 8, performs on a subway in New York. Police Commissioner William Bratton's department

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    Andrew Sanders, center, leader of the group W.A.F.F.L.E., performs acrobatic dance on a subway, in New York. His troupe, which has a shoe-brand sponsor and has been booked for music videos, parties, even a wedding, has become reluctant to perform on subways because of police attention. The Associated Press

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    Subway riders are treated to a performance of acrobatic dancers from the dance troupe W.A.F.F.L.E.The Associated Press

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    Dashawn Martin performs on a subway in New York. Police have responded to the performers by studying passenger complaints to determine when and where to put plainclothes officers on trains to nab acrobats.The Associated Press

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    Fred Malave, left, talks with his son Nasir, 5, a dancer with troupe W.A.F.F.L.E., in New York. Malave, whose other son Marc Mack, 8, dances with the troupe, stays nearby his sons whenever they perform with the acrobatic dance troupe.The Associated Press

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    Dashawn Martin performs on a subway car in New York.The Associated Press

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    Nasir Malave, 5, works through a routine on a subway platform in New York. Though no injuries have been reported, police insist the showmanship is a safety issue. The Associated Press

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    Nasir Malave, 5, dances on a subway train in New York recently. The New York Police Department is cracking down on the subway showmen who use the tight quarters of the nation’s busiest transit system as moving stages for impromptu, and illegal, pass-the-hat performances.

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