So how many of you remember Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video? You know, the one where he looks into the crowd and spies a cute girl with short black hair. That girl was none other than Courtney Cox and most people consider this to be her first big break into the business. Well anyway, as the video progresses Bruce pulls her up on stage with him and they begin to dance. Granted, they're not "dancing in the dark" since it's a well lit stage, but nobody seemed to care about that because one look at her and they'd be all, "Awwww! Look how cute she is dancing her little heart out up there with him!"
Cut to the 90's with the show "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". It was a funny sitcom sure, but in my mind there is only one magical thing that actually made the show truly worth watching: The Carlton Dance! If you are one of the few, sad, uncultured individuals who have never witnessed this amazing spectacle of rhythm and coordination, please feast your eyes upon the following two animations:
Breathtaking isn't it? Seriously, there never has and never will be a greater dance. Well I recently found out that Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) actually came up with the dance after watching Courtney Cox dance in the Bruce Springsteen video. His dance is simply an exaggerated parody of what she did in the video... and somehow that makes the Carlton Dance all the more hilarious when watching it.
Alfonso Ribeiro I salute you.
Tempest (Guest) on 11/30/2005 11:48 am
Years ago, my buddy made up the best name for this dance, but it was so freaking long I can hardly remember any of it. Something to the effect of:
Something like that. I remember actually doing that dance a few times back in the day. Ah the memories...
Re (Guest) on 11/30/2005 12:00 pm
His dance was the best thing about that show.
mmmcdaniel (Guest) on 11/30/2005 3:33 pm
i'm doing it now.
Martin (Guest) on 11/30/2005 6:08 pm
remember when courtney cox was a guest on SNL and adam sandler was bruce? He couldnt remember the words and courtney cox had to tell him the words hahaha
raxar (Guest) on 11/30/2005 9:54 pm
how dare you polute my pure innocent mind with that horrid, pagen-esq wiggle-a-thon
I'm going to go console my self with a nice PB and cardboard on white.....
Bittel (Guest) on 12/01/2005 12:04 am
I have to agree, the Carlton dance rocked my face off on many occasions. But who can forget the Elaine dance from Seinfeld? That one was awesome too.
Jay Wolf (Guest) on 12/01/2005 1:54 am
It's like a lava lamp... o.O
Maverick Zero (Guest) on 12/01/2005 8:31 am
I never watched that show, I thought it was a waste of time. Will Smith bores me to no end too.
orange (Guest) on 12/01/2005 12:39 pm
will smith is cool, but the dance sux ass!
The Sicklismic Effect (Guest) on 12/01/2005 1:20 pm
MiRRoRMaN (Guest) on 12/01/2005 4:50 pm
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Matt (Guest) on 12/01/2005 5:33 pm
Growing up, we would call the dance "The white man two step".
JJ (Guest) on 12/01/2005 5:33 pm
ahhh that crazy Carlton
Deirdre (Guest) on 12/01/2005 5:40 pm
Looks like a classic "Up with People" group dance vamp.
jt (Guest) on 12/01/2005 5:40 pm
What makes the dance even better is the face that he did it to Tom Jones, a God Among Men.
yourmom (Guest) on 12/01/2005 6:49 pm
The double inverted flailing nard twister was not made up by your friend. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but it was from an episode of Beavis and Butthead. They were watching a video that had the names of dances, so then they parodied it by doing their own.
max (Guest) on 12/01/2005 8:50 pm
Yea, its a video by Sick of It all where they show a bunch of different hardcore dancing styles, "picking up change", "windmill", "classic ny style" etc.
stephanie (Guest) on 12/01/2005 9:06 pm
I do "the carlton" all the time (still).
woogie (Guest) on 12/01/2005 9:58 pm
For what it's worth, I really like tacos.
bic (Guest) on 12/01/2005 10:01 pm
Did you know, according to wikipedia, Alfonzo HATED doing the Carlton dance?
It's still 90's sitcom gold though!
Nick (Guest) on 12/01/2005 10:21 pm
Remember the episode where Carlton accidently took meth at the school dance? I can't remember if he started doing a meth induced version of this dance, or the running man. Can anyone help me out on this?
Chad (Guest) on 12/01/2005 10:36 pm
I have witnessed the Carlton Dance and quite frankly, I loved it.And that's how I dance now.ALso I loved the Soul Train episode where Carlton actually dances instead of the Carlton Dance and does the backflip off the stage...classic.
-RoG- (Guest) on 12/01/2005 10:41 pm
I just want a list of all the episodes that he did the Carlton Dance in. I know in season 2, he only did it once (in the episode "Striptease for Two"). He also did it in the series finale one last time.
adolf hitler (Guest) on 12/02/2005 12:01 am
i remember when his dad was gassed
Dante Wyrmfoe (Guest) on 12/02/2005 1:13 am
Lest we forget the Urkel Dance?
That was so damn hip the DJ at school had a song already qued up for it.
The moves were coded into the DNA of every student at the dance so that everyone there could instantly do the moves.
Or, Y'know...the Bartman, that was good too.
Cannibalizer (Guest) on 12/02/2005 3:50 am
It will always be all about the Bat-ussi. That Adam West knew how to bust a move, ladies.
Fragrant (Guest) on 12/02/2005 6:58 am
I think this is rivalled by the dance from UK show The Office.
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tom (Guest) on 12/02/2005 7:23 am
the kid is an unbeliveable dancer..you all do know that he was the kid who in that famous Pepsi "pre-mike's-hair-on-fire" commercial where he is on the street corner moonwalking to "Billie Jean" like michael jackson and then as he moonwalks he bumps into MJ. he could tear it up even at age 10
erin (Guest) on 12/02/2005 8:49 am
MONKEY ISLAND = BEST GAMES EVER!
woot (Guest) on 12/02/2005 11:18 am
the greatest was when carlton and will ran out of money in las vegas and had to enter a dance contest to win money , and they did a routine to that "apache/jump on it" song.....lol when will spins carlton around and throws him into the bar!.......
Sdcdog (Guest) on 12/02/2005 2:30 pm
Heres the Will adn Carlton Dance!
Brian (Guest) on 12/02/2005 2:44 pm
Actually the best dance from this show is when Carlton and Will do the Tonto dance at a strip club but this one is consistantly good. Dont ask me why I know this I just do
that guy (Guest) on 12/02/2005 5:58 pm
In grade 6 I did that dance as part of my school play. Faces were rocked, tears were shed.
Sejanoz (Guest) on 12/02/2005 9:38 pm
Nice to know that someone else (Fragrant) knows of the demented movements of David Brent. I agree, his dance definately rivals that of Carlton.
YouStillSuck » The greatest dance ever is… (Guest) on 12/03/2005 2:49 am
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buzzz (Guest) on 12/03/2005 12:31 pm
I have also enjoyed the Carlton dance but I must take issue with "there never has and never will be a greater dance". I refer of course to the Elaine dance from Seinfeld. Now THAT's some serious dancin'!
Juanfer (Guest) on 12/03/2005 10:19 pm
Pretty cool and funny dance, reminds me of the banana dance. I used to start dancing like the banana to make a friend laugh. Hmm, by the way, pretty cool blog design -RoG-! Simple but effective :D! I also like a lot that Monkey Island edit!
Douw (Guest) on 12/04/2005 12:56 pm
Well, Michael Jackson obviously stole the "King of pop" title from Carlton/Alfonso =P It IS a groovy dance, and i can't stop dancing... xD
Chuck (Guest) on 12/04/2005 3:56 pm
OMG check out this link:
Suzhou (Guest) on 12/05/2005 1:03 am
Great dancers of all times. :}
mark (Guest) on 12/05/2005 11:45 am
this is amazing... could anybody somehow make it a proper size so i could use it as my buddy icon? that would be truly awesome... just send it to email@example.com... thanks
Lue (Guest) on 12/07/2005 11:03 am
Simply Brillaint. The man is a genius of the highest calibur. Take THAT Napolean Dynamite!
Tempest (Guest) on 12/07/2005 11:17 pm
This would be the "Jump on It" clip you would be looking for:
Oh, and yourmom, it doesn't surprise me at all that he got that from Beavis and Butthead, Truth be told it sounded a little too cool to be something he thought of all by himself.
shannon (Guest) on 12/08/2005 1:26 pm
my grandma does the Carlton dance. she rocks. she is the coolest 70 year old you will ever meet. a few years ago she also got her first tatoo in honor of my aunt that passed away, a yellow rose on her uncle.
nothing beats a family get together when grandma whips out the carlton dance!
CTOWN (Guest) on 12/11/2005 11:01 am
I always wanted to learn to do the carlton so when im in the club and everyone is on the dance floor you just bust it out when u have enuff space so u dont knock anyone out. guaranteed to get some laffs or some ass.either way classic
-RoG- (Guest) on 12/11/2005 12:01 pm
Someone really should put out an instructional "How to do the Carlton Dance" video. I swear, whoever did that would make a killing... and I'd be their first customer.
GETMETHISVIDEO (Guest) on 12/17/2005 5:10 pm
Ahh! I LOVED the dance he did at the end of the Soul Train episode. If anyone could get that video for me it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Betty (Guest) on 12/17/2005 9:50 pm
I'm drooling just watching that incredible hotness...
christian (Guest) on 12/18/2005 9:13 pm
this dance is the funniest dance ever to b witnessed on national television. but u knoe wat, i just save a whole lotta money on my car insurance by switching to geico. hahahahahahaha
christian (Guest) on 12/18/2005 9:18 pm
hahahahahhahahaa i knoe u like my joke.......look up and then youll knoe wat im talkin bout. this ur boy Christian AKA DA 1 AND ONLY, im outta here
oh yeah i 4got, carlton, dont worry, i know u get more gurlz than will, so dont feel bad. hahahhhhahaa
Jason (Guest) on 12/22/2005 3:04 pm
i love this dance, it's too funny. but, what is funnier is adam sandler's parody of bruce springsteen's song, "dancin' in the dark" on snl.
Casey (Guest) on 01/19/2006 11:40 pm
One of my favorites was when will had to take out that princess to the opera and when he was trying to get g's attention to sneak in the house he was making all those animal noises. Another one was when carlton had to stay in compton on a bet for 2 days then he became the master of there crib.
I-Mockery Blabber (Guest) on 01/28/2006 2:12 am
[...] So at a recent party, we talked our friends Jason (Protoclown) and Macon into doing the chicken dance (one of the few dances that rivals the coveted “Carlton Dance“). Now for those of you not in the know, the chicken dance I’m speaking of comes from the show “Arrested Development” (you know, one of the many good shows the Fox network has been insane enough to want to cancel over the years). Anyway, the character “Gob” performs this dance any time he wants to mock somebody for being afraid of something. Gob is also a magician who always comes out on stage to the sounds of “The Final Countdown” by the band Europe. Quite the spectacle I assure you. Well, someone at the party happened to get some video footage (thanks Scott) of the two of them doing this chicken dance and I decided to combine it with that song. And now, I pass this footage onto you. [...]
LISA PENNINO (Guest) on 01/30/2006 2:08 am
MY 10 YEAR OLD SON SAYS THE "CARLTON DANCE" IS THE BEST DANCE EVER!!!!! WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR ON NICK @ NITE.IT IS SOMETING WE CAN BOTH ENJOY,OUR SPECIAL TIME TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FRESH PRINCE YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JOSHUA VENTRY (Guest) on 01/30/2006 2:16 am
ROCK ON CARLTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOT UNSUALEWILL TO DANE LIKE YOU,YOU REALLY DO ROCK!!
JOSHUA VENTRY (Guest) on 01/30/2006 2:20 am
OPPS!!! TO DANCE LIKE YOU IS WHAT THAT IS SUPOSSED TO SAY MY MOM CANT TYPE
Steve (Guest) on 02/02/2006 11:53 am
And to think that Mr. Ribiero is actually a well-trained and accomplished dancer in stage productions. And by that I dont mean drag shows.
Jazz was still the coolest guy on that show.
TreeFrog (Guest) on 02/21/2006 10:17 pm
Terrific Blog you have. Peace Out.
JiggyWittit (Guest) on 03/06/2006 5:09 am
Kewl blog you got goin on up here.
Zav (Guest) on 03/15/2006 10:59 am
does anybody know how the song is called carlton always dances with?? "...I just wanna die..."
Heather (Guest) on 04/03/2006 1:55 pm
Carlton's dance makes me happy....
dorhuya (Guest) on 05/04/2006 1:03 pm
SS (Guest) on 05/17/2006 8:16 pm
I would love to see a clip of the Elaine Dance!
A-cash0 (Guest) on 05/20/2006 7:25 am
that is the single greatest thing in the world.
alyssa (Guest) on 05/23/2006 2:41 pm
Oh how funny! This reminds me of Tracy all the way! Do it girl! How hystarical! Too funny, Aly
asia (Guest) on 06/18/2006 3:49 pm
i watch the show because it is so funny and call me crazy but i kinda think will and carlton are kinda cute. im 13 years old so this has to be puppy love!
asia (Guest) on 06/23/2006 2:46 pm
Yo Yo Yo, waz up yall im bizack. The pimpin kid is in the house. Im hearing wedding bells because me and Will Smiths 14 year old son is getting married, im calling are children: Will,Asia, Monday, Tuesday, Wendsday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, one for everyday of the week
asia (Guest) on 06/23/2006 2:49 pm
Im am a tomboy so im tough, men and tomboys rule the world!!! i am tough enough to get up in somebodys face when they make me mad! yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
asia (Guest) on 06/26/2006 12:43 pm
i remember that episode when carlton and will had to stip to get enough money for vivians bracelet. When i saw carlton strip i almost died!!! LOL!
Andrew (Guest) on 08/31/2006 1:56 pm
I was just looking on the computer at school that was kinda awesome that wasn't blocked and I found this and I saw carlton I almost died laughing.
cartorze (Guest) on 09/14/2006 11:13 am
That was So funny, I took a crap in my pants no lie.
Anton (Guest) on 09/23/2006 8:13 am
Matt (Guest) on 09/28/2006 3:06 am
I was just watching Fresh Prince an hour ago and Will was describing Carlton by doing the dance. Oh, man. The memories... XD So nostalgic.
sheri (Guest) on 10/09/2006 8:05 pm
does anyone know the song that carlton usually sings with his dance. I was so happy he won duets he is a wonderful singer and actor
dance dance schmevolution » UsDudes (Guest) on 11/06/2006 6:35 am
[...] Of course, nothing can compare to the awesomeness that is… The Carlton Dance. [...]
whocares (Guest) on 01/07/2007 11:30 am
It should be called the "Courtney Cox" dance not the Carlton dance then.
Nev (Guest) on 03/19/2007 7:33 pm
This is the funniest thing i've ever seen
ME ahaha (Guest) on 10/21/2007 10:22 pm
Hahah he is soo funny :D
Timur (Guest) on 07/18/2010 9:57 pm
check out my carlton dance attempt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzfREB2Gqws
Frank (Guest) on 12/21/2013 9:54 am
The Carlton dance was funny because many people had already seen people dancing like that long before Carlton. Carlton was impersonating the way white girls dance, Since his character on the show was supposed to be raised in an upper-class white area and him therefore influenced by that culture. A.k.a., "whitewashed". LOL. The hilariousness of it is because there's a black person dancing like a white girl. Courtney Cox may have been the person who triggered his memory of the dance, but in the 80s that was a popular style of dancing for white girls, at least in the San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles area.
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