Alfonso Ribeiro Does ‘The Carlton’ Dance On ‘DWTS’

Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro

There’s just something about ‘The Carlton!’  On the Oct. 6 episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ contestant Alfonso Ribeiro gave fans what they’ve been clamoring for — a repeat of the dance that made him famous so many years ago. Check it out! Your ’90s heart is screaming that you must.

One of the most venerable moments in pop culture history, Alfonso Ribeiro, 43, made himself a legend of the ’90s on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air when his character, Carlton Banks, let loose to the tune of Tom Jones‘ “It’s Not Unusual.” While Alfonso once resented the dance for pigeonholing him for the rest of his career, he’s now ready to own the moves that made him famous. Check out the video of his jazz dance with Dancing With The Stars partner Witney Carson fromthe Oct. 6 episode and let us all revel in the absolute joy that is “The Carlton!”

Alfonso Ribeiro Does ‘The Carlton’ Dance’ On ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — Watch Video

Here’s the moment of Alfonso’s dance put into GIF form, so that you can watch it on a loop into perpetuity, until the heat death of the universe:

In the clip preceeding his dance with Whitney, Alfonso admits that he kind of resented “The Carlton” for a few years. He was being pigeonholed as an actor and he was getting turned down in auditions.

However, with a little perspective, Alfonso reveals that he learned to love the dance that made him a household name and admits that his time on Fresh Prince encompassed some of the best years of his life.

Alfonso Ribeiro Reveals The Genus Of ‘The Carlton’ Dance

In 2013, Alfonso revealed that the original genus of “The Carlton” was a mash-up of two popular dances from the ’80s.

“There was a video of Bruce Springsteen andCourteney Cox called ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ and Bruce Springsteen pulls her up onto the stage and she basically does that dance,” Alfonso toldBuzzFeed.

You know, this dance:

“And it was also from Eddie Murphy’s Delirious comedy video where he does ‘the white man dance,’ Alfonso continued. “And what I did was ultimately take those two dances and combined them and made it my own, and made it my character’s. But ultimately it’s ‘the white man dance.’ So that’s where the dance kind of came from.

Here’s Eddie’s “white man dance”:


Just delightful.