Days of our Lives fans know that both Doug Williams and his portrayer, Bill Hayes, are terrific singers. But what folks may not know is that both are talented dancers, too! Now, you can discover all about Hayes’s love of tap dancing and perhaps learn a few steps of your own.
Bill Hayes — ‘I Love To Tap!’
Bill Hayes’s Instagram page alerted his followers to an instructional video he’s featured in titled “I LOVE TO TAP!”
“In 1991, Bill Hayes created a song and tap dance that was all his own called ‘I Love To Tap’…because he does!” began the social media post. “His dear friend, dancer/choreographer, producer, and tap preservationist, Rusty Frank, has made this dance available to the whole world! The video includes not only the lesson for Bill’s ‘I LOVE TO TAP!’ routine, but also LOADS of extras such as interviews with Bill, performances by Bill, archival photos, and more!”
“I wrote ‘I Love To Tap!’ because I love to tap,” Hayes explains to Frank in a promotional video for ‘I Love To Tap!’ “That’s it. And you will, too. Tap is just incredible — what it does for your soul. You can’t beat it!
“I am so thrilled with this whole idea that you [Rusty] are going to teach it to people, and they are going to teach it to other people,” Hayes continues.
From Broadway To Billboard
DAYS fans know Hayes for his legendary run as Doug Williams, but before he ever set foot in Salem, the actor appeared on Broadway in 1953 as an original cast member of the show “Me and Juliet.” He’s appeared in numerous stage productions, including A Christmas Carol, and on the Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. As a singer, Hayes hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks with the song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.”
Learn More About Bill Hayes and ‘I Love To Tap!’
In 2018, Hayes and his wife, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams), were awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys. His career includes the actor’s great love of tap dancing. To learn how you can receive a copy of “I Love To Tap!” click here.
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