Christopher Rice has done it again! His latest tap dancing video was released on YouTube this past Tuesday to celebrate Veteran's Day. The video is the third in a series of tap dance routines created for his YouTube channel, ChrisRiceNY.
His first tap video, "Cups", quickly went viral and currently has over 2.3 million views. It was followed by a second video, "Happy," which sprouted a #Tappy hashtag campaign. Rice has now used his coined term within the title of his new video, which pays homage to the classic style of Broadway tap dancing and acts as a unique tribute to our country's veterans.
In an interview with Broadway World, Rice explained that he "created this video to thank, honor, and entertain the millions of veterans who have given so much to protect our country." He went on to say that it is his job as a performer to "put [his] talent into something that lifts people up."
A unique feature of the #TappyTroops video is that it was filmed on the decks of the Intrepid at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
The dancers are dressed in WWII military attire and the style of their tap dancing reflects the classic dance style of the era, but it is juxtaposed against a more modern music remix, created by DJ Chelli.
Watch the video below:
Rice teamed up with Unreel Films to film #TappyTroops on the Intrepid itself. The director of photography for the video is Eric Mann, who created Unreel Films with the intention of being able to share his passions for theatre and storytelling to a large audience.
For Mann, the most enjoyable part of being able to collaborate with Rice on the #TappyTroops video was being able to celebrate and share their love for tap dancing in an original way. "[I] loved that he simply had a desire to share the joy of tap dancing. That resonated with me and I truly feel honored to have gotten a chance to collaborate on this [project]." Unreel Films is also known for recently shooting another tap dance video, Royals Tap, where tap dancing acts as the instrumental support for a vocal cover of Lorde's popular hit, "Royals".
Christopher Rice is already planning his next YouTube tap dancing creation, which will be released in 2015! If you would like to support the project, you can donate to his Kickstarter campaign.
Let us know what you think of the tribute video in the comments below!