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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Ah, Christmas in Rhode Island. Exquisitely decorated mansions in Newport. A red nose on the giant termite that sits atop a Providence exterminator's building. And a traffic cop, doing disco and salsa moves in the middle of rush-hour traffic.
Officer Tony Lepore is as much a holiday tradition as anything else in the state that issued the first jail sentence for speeding 108 years ago. Since 1984, he has entertained drivers, pedestrians and gawkers with dance moves in downtown Providence – all while directing traffic.
"He is a Rhode Island landmark, more or less. He's an icon, he's like a little mini celebrity," says Michelle Peterson, of Warwick. She's an emergency medical technician and the mother of three boys who was introduced to the "dancing cop" years ago by her partner in their ambulance.
This year, she took her boys to see Lepore, 65, perform and got him to pose for pictures with them.
"It feels good to see him out here; it definitely brings the holiday spirit. I think people come out here just to see him and I think it brings some people to shop so they can see him."
The routine, Lepore says, was born in the month of May of the boredom and aggravation that officers typically experience while directing rushing drivers and jaywalking pedestrians. He was inspired by classic "Candid Camera" television footage he saw a day earlier that showed police officers elsewhere directing traffic with flair.
"I didn't know if my bosses were going to like it, so a lot of times if I saw a boss come down, I'd be doing my fancy stuff, then I'd go back and do it the old-fashioned way so I don't get caught," Lepore says.
His secret didn't last long. City residents began calling the police station and raving about Lepore's moves. A few days later, The Providence Journal, the state's largest newspaper, came out with a story on the sensation.
The positive publicity encouraged officials to endorse the dancing cop, who continued to perform until he left the job in 1988, when he went into business with his brother with a food and vending service.
In 1992, Lepore says, he got a call from city officials asking him to rejoin the force to dance and direct traffic around Christmastime as they pushed to redefine the city's image and bring visitors downtown.
He signed a $1,200, 10-day contract as a reserve police officer and says he has frozen the value of the contract at the 1992 rate to encourage city officials to recall his services every year.
Standing in traffic, he adjusts his cap, shakes his hip, raises and twists one leg and spins. In one of the more unusual moves, he bends his knees, leans far back and quickly alternates support for his body by keeping one hand on the ground while motioning to the traffic with the free hand.
In one move, he goes down on his knees in homage to John Travolta's character in "Saturday Night Fever."
He says his body takes a pounding and that he has had knee surgery, pulled some muscles and even suffered stress fractures.
"This is ridiculous! Oh, man, this guy is the best," an incredulous Vik Jay, a medical student at Brown University, says after seeing the "Dancing Cop" in action for the first time. "I'm from San Francisco. I used to go to Castro Street, and this is far more entertaining than anything I saw there."
Karen DeAngelis, of Pawtucket, was on a bus when she saw Lepore perform while directing traffic. She got out to watch him before continuing her journey.
"I would come down here every year to see him if I were able to," she says. "I'm not able to, and I just so happened to be here today. He's that good and he's that entertaining, and he really cheers people up."
Lepore says his dance moves are planned to send specific directions to drivers to avoid causing confusion at the intersection.
"I do it in such a way that even the people in the cars know what I mean, 'cause every dance move means something to the driver, and I make sure that he knows or she knows what I want them to do," Lepore says.
The dancing is not a distraction and has never caused incredulous drivers to crash, he says.
"I think it would be more of a distraction if I was in a different town and they didn't know I was out there, but most of Providence, they even know me by the sound of my whistle," he said. "It's more of a spectacle where people love to just come down here and see me do it around Christmastime, and they enjoy it ... and I enjoy it."
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Tony Lepore is not dirty dancing at all.
Wow...just when I was getting ready to go into a holiday funk leave it to HP to make me smile!
A frustrated showman, no doubt. And it helps keep him physically fit as well!
Very entertaining, it would have been much better if it was a video. He looks like Mr. Whipple from the charming commercials lol :-)
非常有趣，不过，如果是一段视频的话就更好了。他看起来像是从迷人的广告上下来的Mr·Whipple lol :-)
They do have a video clip of this officer. Just below the still pictures is another box. The first cop in it was not this one, underneath the video box are smaller pictures and Tony Lepore is seen dancing in it. All you have to do is look.
Why don't you have a video of this instead of these stupid pictures? duh
How much fun is that? Excellent
i wish all cops were that jolly, merry CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Sorta cool...but could't this cause an accident?
Apparently not, seeing that's been doing it for decades and police dept. reported no accidents have been caused since he's been directing traffic. And I doubt if the PD would sign a contract to have him out there directing traffic during the holidays.
WOW!!! How does he get those moves on at 65?! Kuddos to you Officer Lepore!
He is definitely one of the best parts of the holiday season in RI!!! I have lived here all my life and I enjoy watching him dance away while directing traffic more and more every year!!!
I lived in RI for 3 years in Warren. I never got to see him though, I wish I had known about this while I was up there!
I went on YouTube and watched a video. He is very entertaining and really loves what he does!
Ouch! He must have double-jointed ankles...funny the driving guy on the cellphone calling friends about the dancing cop
（译注：双关节( double- jointed) 指与一般人的关节分歧，生成可以前后标的目的勾当的关节。钢琴演奏者最多见的是1 指第2 关节在抚琴时凹进去。）
This is awesome. We had a cop in our town that did a little "traffic dance" too. It was so much fun to watch and he really got into what he was doing. He is no longer with the force and I miss him.
That's fantastic! I love it! made me smile! Work/cardio D O N E !!! Hahaha!!!
This needs to be front paged. Best. Ever.
Agreed. It made me smile, something that rarely happens when I read news these days.
Officer Lepore, hats off to you. We all need some light hearted fun. Thank you.
Hey, bless his heart for still being able to do this at 65. I know 20-somethings that couldn't keep up with this guy!
Luigi is looking kinda old these days
This guy is awesome!
Why can't everyday be like Christmas?
I would love to see the video
It's on YouTube. Just type in his name.
Luigi looks lika Super Mario...
He's groovin!! Woop Woop!
他是（最棒的？）！！Woop Woop! （译注：类似于吹口哨的欢呼声？）！
Wow. Move to LA. We could use some entertainment with our traffic. LOL
Not to be a buzzkill, but this story, humorous and lighthearted as it is, raises a number of troubling questions. First, if you or I did what this guy does, we'd be immediately arrested for disorderly conduct. Yet the city has kinda-sorta deputized him and pays him for this. Second, if he is supposed to be directing traffic, he should not be intentionally causing traffic accidents.
where does it say that he ever unintentionally caused an accident, let alone 'intentionally'?
virtually everything cops do we can't legally do. picking on this is petty.
and considering he directs traffic as a police officer, which means he has the legal authority to be in the street doing so, why does it make a difference that he's dancing? if it were so problematic don't you think the force would've made him stop rather than ask him to come back?
You'd fit right in with the cops around here. You should call them and ask them if they need anyone else. Seeing as I live in Flint, MI I'm sure they're always looking for humorless guys to arrest people and drain any fun out of the communities usual bad relationship with the police.
I don't mind cops being humorless as long as they do their job. Similarly, I don't mind jokey clown cops as long as they do their job. Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley is one of my faves. But public safety should never be imperiled
艾迪·墨菲的Axel Foley 是我最爱的影视作品之一。但，前提是永远不能危及到公共安全。