'Dancing Cop' gets new holiday gig in East Providence

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The "Dancing Cop" is taking his routine over the river for Christmas.

Retired Providence police officer Tony Lepore gained national notoriety with his dance routines, which he started in 1984.

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But Rhode Island's capital city told him he wouldn't be needed to direct holiday traffic this year after he organized a protest last month outside a Dunkin' Donuts where a worker wrote the "blacklivesmatter" hashtag on another officer's coffee cup. Providence police say Lepore wrongly gave the impression he was speaking for the department.

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'Dancing Cop' gets new holiday gig in East Providence
PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 14: Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic December 14, 2004 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Lepore has been entertaining drivers and directing traffic at intersections around Providence for 20 years. He came upon the idea after seeing a 'Candid Camera' clip of New York City police officers who flamboyantly directed traffic in the 1950's. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. Lepore said he was told by police officials Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, not to return to the city streets to direct traffic during the 2015 Christmas season, after organizing a protest over the appearance of a âblacklivesmatterâ hashtag on a police officerâs coffee cup at a Rhode Island Dunkinâ Donuts. Lepore, a retired Providence police officer, became known nationally for injecting dance moves into his police work in 1984 while directing Providence traffic. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, RI. Lepore is know as the dancing cop because of his energetic and rhythmic style of moving vehicles and pedestrians through an intersection. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. Lepore is know as the dancing cop because of his energetic and rhythmic style of moving vehicles and pedestrians through an intersection. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 14: Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic December 14, 2004 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Lepore has been entertaining drivers and directing traffic at intersections around Providence for 20 years. He came upon the idea after seeing a 'Candid Camera' clip of New York City police officers who flamboyantly directed traffic in the 1950's. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 14: Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic December 14, 2004 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Lepore has been entertaining drivers and directing traffic at intersections around Providence for 20 years. He came upon the idea after seeing a 'Candid Camera' clip of New York City police officers who flamboyantly directed traffic in the 1950's. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 14: Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic December 14, 2004 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Lepore has been entertaining drivers and directing traffic at intersections around Providence for 20 years. He came upon the idea after seeing a 'Candid Camera' clip of New York City police officers who flamboyantly directed traffic in the 1950's. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. Lepore is know as the dancing cop because of his energetic and rhythmic style of moving vehicles and pedestrians through an intersection. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 14: Retired police officer Tony Lepore performs his dance routine while directing traffic December 14, 2004 in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Lepore has been entertaining drivers and directing traffic at intersections around Providence for 20 years. He came upon the idea after seeing a 'Candid Camera' clip of New York City police officers who flamboyantly directed traffic in the 1950's. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, former Providence Police Department office Tony Lepore directs traffic at an intersection on Dorrance Street in Providence, R.I. Lepore is know as the dancing cop because of his energetic and rhythmic style of moving vehicles and pedestrians through an intersection. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Retired Providence police officer Tony Lepore, a.k.a. "The Dancing Cop", directs traffic at the intersection on Dorrance and Westminster streets Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998 in downtown Providence, R.I. Lepore, who retired in 1988, comes out of retirement annually during the Christmas season to direct traffic in downtown Providence.(AP Photo/Matt York)
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Now the 68-year-old Lepore says he's been hired by the city of East Providence to conduct traffic this holiday season. WLNE-TV reports Lepore will be posted in front of City Hall from December 10 through Christmas Eve.

See more moves from the "Dancing Cop" below:

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