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Sunday, December 13, 2009

 

Traffic policeman's amazing dance routine

Cop a load of this... Traffic policeman's amazing dance routine on the job

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Last updated at 2:30 AM on 13th December 2009

 

 

 

All traffic police have a repertoire of moves to direct vehicles, but they're pretty functional - after all, the job is about impersonating a traffic light.

However, one U.S. officer has taken the Internet by storm after turning his duties into a spectacularly choreographed artform.

For Tony Lepore, directing traffic is no mere routine - it's a dance routine.

Scroll to end to see Tony in action...

 

Strictly in the line of duty: Tony Lepore executes a deft dance move while directing traffic

He spins on his heels, drops to his knees, falls back on his hands and springs back upright.

Although Mr Lepore, 62, from Providence, Rhode Island, has been entertaining motorists since 1984, his popularity has rocketed due to the internet. 

Inspired by an old set-up on TV classic Candid Camera, Mr Lepore began adding fancy footwork and flamboyant arm movements to his traffic direction.

'I saw Candid Camera and I thought. 'Gee, maybe tomorrow I'm going to try a couple of spins and hand movements... But I didn't know if my bosses were going to like it,' he said.

However, with positive feedback from amused motorists, police chiefs allowed him to carry on.

Crosstown traffic: Tony Lepore has reprises his act for Christmas long after retiring from full-time policing

Drivers not completely distracted by his act will find themselves directed just  where they want to be.

'I've had people come down and film me and say, "You're really directing traffic,"' he told local television show The Rhode Show.

The Vietnam veteran has had his share of serious police work, spending nine years on night duty in Providence and being decorated for valour in the line of duty.

He once saved two teenage girls by diving into the freezing river after their car overturned into the water. On another occasion he pulled workers from the rubble of a building levelled by an explosion - just in time to save them from a second blast.

But a transfer to day duty and directing traffic left him bored, he says.

Three years after inventing his trademark dance routine, Mr Lepore retired and went into catering with his brother, but in 1992 a local newspaper interviewed him for a 'Whatever happened to' feature.

Soon he was invited by the mayor to reprise his act specially for the Christmas season - and he's still doing it today.

 

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