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article imageMilwaukee dancing priests become Internet sensation

By Kev Hedges     Oct 23, 2014 in Internet
Rome - We've seen and heard the Italian nun who sings with a voice like Alicia Keys, now a viral video on the internet is trending, showing two US priests dancing before an audience from the Associated Press.
The pair duel and dance on a stage in Rome, where the two men of the cloth are studying, just yards away from The Vatican. The Reverend David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Reverend John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, are seen warming up the associated guests by performing a tap-dance routine that Fred Astaire would have been proud of.
At first Rev Rider taps out on his own before his partner, the Rev Gibson duels with him and shoves him aside to perform a lively Irish foot dance that Michael Flatley would have been proud of.
The occasion was a fundraiser, held in April, just yards from the Vatican and in the clubhouse of a seminary called the North American College. As the duo battle it out for the accolade of lord of the stage or the tap king, the crowd are being whipped up into a frenzy.
The priests Internet sensation has drawn parallels to Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian version of "The Voice" in June with several pop song covers, while wearing the full habit on stage. Her first album features a cover of the controversial Madonna smash hit "Like a Virgin." Many critics and music journalists have dubbed Sister Scuccia as the "real Sister Act."
But not everyone saw the light-hearted side of the priests dance-off; Some commentators said the priests were wrong to dance beneath a crucifix and added that it was disrespectful to frolic and boogie beneath a painting of Pope Francis.
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