Alfonso Ribeiro finally gave the Dancing with the Stars viewers what they have been asking for; The Carlton. The classic dance he made famous during his time in the 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air made it on the dance floor and everyone loved it.
For those too young to remember or those who have not heard of the Fresh Prince, Ribeiro played Will Smith’s very rich (and geeky) cousin, Carlton Banks, who was mostly known for being clueless and annoying, but had a strange talent for dancing. On Monday’s episode of DWTS, Alfonso and his partner Witney brought the house down recreating the dance.
There is only one way to describe the Carlton, which took a long time to come. Awesome and amazing.
Everyone was hoping that Ribeiro and Witney would do The Carlton, since it’s Most Memorable Year week at DWTS, and after all, his time at the successful sitcom was indeed memorable. Even though, it also meant that he was not cast in anything for a long time.
But there is no bitterness on Alfonso Ribeiro’s part, and he made the fans wishes come true on Monday night. It was only fitting that Alfonso would choose to do the dance he immortalized on Fresh Prince tonight.
Dancing to the tune of Tom Jones classic, “It’s not Unusual,” Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney stole the show reproducing the iconic moment that became indelibly tied to the comedian, who says he loves how the dance makes people feel.
If you have ever wondered how the Carlton Dance came to be and where did Ribeiro get the moves, the actor shared information on the popular moves in a 2013 interview with People. According to Alfonso, the arm moves come from a well known Bruce Springsteen live video of his hit “Dancing in the Dark,” the one in which he invites a very young Courtney Cox to dance with him onstage.
But it was not only Springsteen’s video. Alfonso Ribeiro also used a video from comedian Eddie Murphy called Delirious, which Murphy labeled “the white man dance.” Ribeiro added his own spice to both videos and the famous Carlton dance was born.
“I’m so glad that you made us wait for the Carlton,” says Julianne Hough. “Not only did you separate yourself from Carlton tonight… but I think this show and what you’re doing each week, people are going to remember Alfonso.”
Watch the video of Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney doing the Carlton in Dancing with the Stars.
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