TV Guide citation: In the March 26, 1983 issue of TV Guide, there is a one page article with a photo of Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman taking tap dancing lessons.
OFF THE SET (Perlman and Danson Get Their Kicks From Dancin'
Ask what "tap" refers to on the set of the NBC comedy Cheers and you'll get two answers: one, as in the beer served in the Boston bar that's the series setting; two, as in dancing. That's because on their Thursday lunch hour Ted Danson, who plays proprietor Sam Malone, and Rhea Perlman (waitress Carla Tortelli) study tap dancing with choreographer Tad Tadlock. How good are Tadlock's two star pupils? Perlman, who took a hiatus from dancing during the last weeks of her pregnancy, answers, "You know Alfalfa, from the Little Rascals? Well, if Alfalfa tap-danced, that would be me." Nonsense, says Tadlock: "Rhea's doing steps now that normally take five to six years to learn. It was funny, though, seeing her when she was pregnant, trying for the dancer's body 'line'." Tadlock terms Danson a real hoofer. "If I do a pose," she says, "he can hit it immediately." Danson notes, "The energy, the constant beat of dancing, carry over into my acting." And, apparently, beyond. "Once," recalls Tadlock, "I was driving down Ventura Boulevard. And there was Ted on the sidewalk, oblivious to the world - making like Astaire."