Saturday 21 April 2018

Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro reveals inspiration behind iconic 'Carlton Dance'

Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Sasha Brady

Ask Fresh Prince of Bel Air fans what they remember most about the much-loved 90's sitcom and they'll probably say the Carlton Dance.

The infamous dance, along with Carlton's sweater vests, is what makes the character so iconic 25 years after the show began.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Fresh Prince of Bel Air

And it turns out, we have actress Courteney Cox, rocker Bruce Springsteen and Hollywood star Eddie Murphy to thank for the moves.

Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor who plays Carlton, explained to Variety Magazine what inspired the dance.

The iconic 'Carlton Dance'
The iconic 'Carlton Dance'

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"The Carlton Dance was created when it said in the script: 'Carlton dances.' It was never even intended to be funny; it was just that he was dancing," Ribeiro said.

"The dance is ultimately Courteney Cox in the Bruce Springsteen video 'Dancing in the Dark.' That's the basis. Or in Eddie Murphy's 'Delirious' video, 'The White Man Dance,' as he called it."

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Ribeiro continued, "And I said, 'That is the corniest dance on the planet that I know of, so why don't I do that?"

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