NEW YORK – Sunday, Missy Elliot, multiple winner of Grammy, AMA, VMA and BET tweeted a video to its 6.9 million followers of a New York dance group playing Missy’s 2005 hit “Lose Control” in a moving subway car.
“Missy Elliot is one of our greatest idols of all time,” said Ty Live, a member of that group.
“We were all competitors before we were real friends,” Ty Live said.
The competitors finally decided to form a group and call it WAFFLE.
“[One of us] was listening to a Sister Sledge song, ‘We Are Family’, “said Joel Kozik.” I have all my brothers and I. “
“We Are Family” gave these friends “WAF”, to which they added For Life Entertainment to create the acronym WAFFLE
“Everyone loves waffles,” said Joel Kozik.
The newly formed WAFFLE dance team started performing in the subway for guidance, then posted videos of their train car performances on social media and began to get noticed by people other than the tired commuters.
The appearances on these two shows produced even more opportunities in music, television, film, sports and merchandising, which WAFFLE seized and hopes to develop.
“We have producers,” Astro said. “We have actors. We have musicians. And we are going to spread our culture.”
“And they’re light feet,” Arnstar said. “Light feet is a dance style that comes from Harlem as the little brother of the Harlem Shake.”
While WAFFLE supports the largest lightweight foot community – now in over 30 countries – it does not host trials or accept nominations for its 12-man squad.
“We’re a whole bunch of brothers,” Astro said. “You just can’t get discouraged with WAFFLE. It’s something that happens naturally.”
Much like Missy Elliot posting their video and tagging all 12 of them in a tweet seen by millions of people. WAFFLE would love to turn this into an appearance in a Missy Elliot video, but doesn’t anticipate any level of fame preventing them from performing on the subway.
“It’s because it’s home, it’s what made us who we are today,” Ty Live said. “This is where we found our style, our guts, our grind, our hearts and our heads, and most importantly, this is where we found ourselves.”