The Carlton Dance is something that will forever live on in the hearts and minds of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fans everywhere.
Well, now we know what inspired the actor Alfonso Ribeiro to give his character Carlton Banks such an awkward dance.
"I played a character that was as far from myself as possible. They would have to bring me a CD and some articles for me to read up on what the character liked, because I had never heard of Tom Jones," he writes. "I didn’t know Barry Manilow. These weren’t people that I grew up with or experienced as a teenager. I grew up in the Bronx; I was a hip-hop kid."
Ribeiro added that in the script when it said "Carlton dances," it was "never even intended to be funny; it was just that he was dancing."
"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. And I said, 'That is the corniest dance on the planet that I know of, so why don’t I do that?'" he revealed.
So, there you have it, how the Carlton Dance came to be the greatest dance of all time.