Bruce Springsteen reacts to Alfonso Ribeiro’s claim that ‘The Carlton’ is inspired by ‘Dancing in the Dark’
Bruce Springsteen adheres to the theory that the famous “Carlton” dance on The prince of Bel-Air partially inspired by it.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on fresh prince, was known for the character’s signature dance move, “The Carlton”. In a 2015 interview with Variety, Ribeiro revealed that “The Carlton” was born when he read a note in the script urging his character to do a few dance moves and he thought of Friends star Courtney Cox dances in the video for Springsteen’s hit, “Dancing in the Dark.” “I said, ‘this is the cheesiest dance on the planet that I know, so why don’t I do it?'” Ribeiro recalled at the time.
“My dancing is quite embarrassing and my kids are killing me. “Dad, you look ridiculous,” admits The Boss The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while watching a clip of him and Cox dancing in the video, describing his dance style as the “New Jersey Shuffle”. “That was all I knew. But it does seem to have some influence on ‘The Carlton’, major.
Ribeiro also said the dance was inspired by Eddie Murphy’s choreography in his 1987 comedy special, “Delirious,” which Murphy called “The White Man Dance.” “The Carlton Dance was created when it was written in the script: ‘Carlton Dances’. It was never even meant to be funny; it was just that he was dancing,” Ribeiro explained.
“Dancing in the Dark” was released in 1984 as the lead single from Springsteen’s hit album, Born in USA The song spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Springsteen released their new album, Only the strong survive, on Friday, November 11, a cover of R&B and soul songs from Commodores, Frankie Valli, the Four Tops and more. He made several appearances on fall onthe finale being Thanksgiving Day (November 24).
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