Zenon Laguerre says he was the first breakdancer to start performing in New York City's subway cars some 20 years ago. He characterizes his dancing style as "popping," which includes the acrobatic pole dances so many New York straphangers have grown accustomed to seeing. "What time is it?" one dancer in a crew will call out upon entering a subway car. "Showtime!" goes the response.
Laguerre says "showtime," however, has landed him in jail one too many times.