‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Leads Epic ‘Carlton Dance’ Flash Mob
The other day, when discussing ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,‘ we said the sitcom’s two biggest legacies were Will Smith’s acting career and its catchy theme songs. In retrospect, we missed another thing the show will long be remembered for: The Carlton Dance.
The ultra dorky jig, which was performed so expertly by actor Alfonso Ribeiro, popped up this weekend during an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest flash mob.
Ribeiro led the proceedings in Los Angeles, while mobs of wannabe Carltons got down simultaneously in cities all over North America.
It’s unclear whether all the rhythmic swaying actually broke a world record, although Ribeiro sent out a Tweet suggesting that it had. But what is clear is that Ribeiro can still get down, and his face still lights up when he hears Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual.’
Interestingly, Ribeiro originally came up with the dance after watching Courtney Cox’s famous pre-‘Friends’ appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video. It has been said his dance is just an exaggerated version of what Cox did on stage with The Boss. Check out the video below to see if you can spot the similarities.