Friday, January 20, 2012

Kristie Alley's 100 Days of Cheers!

It is day 19 of Kristie Alley's 100 days of dance campaign - and where better for the actress to kick up her heels than the bar where everyone knows your name?

To the surprise of the staff and locals, Kristie danced her way into the famous bar Thursday morning.

Check out Kristie Alley, her dance partner and her dance moves around Cheers Beacon Hill by going to her webpage:

Read the article about her surprise visit and special interview with Chef Fouad Hairoufe.

Alley and Hampshire House Chef Fouad Hairoufe
(photo courtesy of


Everyone at Cheers knows Kirstie Alley’s name, but no one expected to see her face today. And they definitely didn’t expect the actress who played bossy Rebecca Howe on the long-running NBC sitcom to walk into the Beacon Street bar this morning and begin to rumba.

But that’s just what happened.

“They were very excited,” Alley said of the unsuspecting staff at Cheers. “I haven’t been there for a long time so it was cool.”

Alley’s impromptu appearance was part of her grassroots campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle by shaking her booty. The initiative, called 100 Days of Dance, sprung from her participation on “Dancing with the Stars,” which explains why Serge Onik, a student of Alley’s “Dancing” partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was with her. (Onik, who’s rumored to be dating Alley, was a former contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance.”)

The way it works is this: Alley and Onik are traveling around for 100 days, dancing wherever they are. At each stop, they shoot video of their fancy footwork and post daily clips at Alley said she hadn’t been back to Cheers since 1990, when the city of Boston threw a parade for Rebecca (and Sam, Norm, Cliff, and Carla) on the occasion of the sitcom’s 200th episode.

“This isn’t a moneymaking thing,” Alley told us. “I just love to dance. I really got the bug. I don’t care what kind of dancing it is.” (Alley, who slimmed down during her stint on “Dancing with the Stars,” lost in the finale to Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward.)

At Cheers, she and Onik arrived unannounced at 9:30 a.m. -- the place doesn’t open until 11 -- and began dancing to the “Cheers” theme, doing a “combination of rumba and a little bit of slow quickstep.” When chef Fouad Hairoufe showed up to work, he was puzzled.

“I said to the front desk person, ‘How did these people get in here?’ and I was told, “That’s Kirstie Alley,” said Hairoufe. “‘Yeah,’ I said, ‘and I’m George Bush.’”

Ever game, Alley said hello to Fouad and invited him to hit the dance floor with her.

“I said it would be an honor even though I’m a terrible dancer,” the chef told us.

Alley and Onik had hoped to take a twirl on stage at Symphony Hall yesterday, and the folks at the BSO tried hard to arrange it. But the orchestra was rehearsing Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” and Alley and her partner found the piece impossible to move to.

“It’s an extraordinary song, insanely gorgeous, but there’s absolutely no way to dance to it,” she said. “It’s very abstract and doesn’t really have a melody. The only thing I could do was leap around and spoof my way through it, and I didn’t think that would be very flattering.”

Alley’s journey, which began 19 days ago at the actress’s summer place on Isleboro, Maine (there’s a clip of her dancing in the parking lot of Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro) is unscripted. Keep your eyes open: They could kick up their heels just about anywhere.

“I’ve become like a roving gypsy,” Alley said. “We’re like ‘Where’s Waldo’ of the dance world.”

Click HERE to access the article!

We were all so happy to see her and get to spend some time with her!

Alley and Cheers Beacon Hill Manager Mike Hughes

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