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Tony Lepore (born October 17, 1947), aka the Dancing Cop, is a retired American police officer who entertained on the streets of Providence, Rhode Island during the December holiday season while directing traffic using a dancing style.
Lepore began dancing in the street in 1984 as a way to relieve boredom. After he retired, city leaders asked that he return during the holiday season in 1992 as a means of attracting people to the downtown area of Providence. He agreed to a contract to return as a reserve police officer.
In 2015, Providence officials let him go from his decades-long gig directing holiday traffic.
Lepore also does stage performances.
- "Dancing Cop Tony Lepore entertains drivers, pedestrians and curiosity seekers while directing traffic in Providence". New York Daily News. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- "Black Lives Matter protesters target dancing cop’s new gig". Washington Post. November 30, 2015.
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