Dancers perform on New York's subway despite arrest threat

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Singers and dancers have long performed on New York City's subways, but the advent of social media means that the audience for these performers goes way beyond the commuting crowd.

LyveTyme is a subway dance team. Videos of their moves amass hundreds of thousands of views when their members share them on YouTube and Facebook. Through social media, the dancers are able to promote their skills and their name. On a good day, the dancers can earn up to $150 (£100).

But not everyone is a fan of what they do. Subway dancing is illegal. New York City's police department takes these violations seriously, and arrests of subway dancers are up.

The BBC's Anna Bressanin spoke to members of LyveTyme about why they keep dancing - and posting.

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