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September 18, 2007 9:02 PM   Subscribe

Carleton has the book for you. Bonus portable breakdancing mat! Priceless '80s video from the soon-to-be sidekick to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
posted by gforce414 (25 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. I actually owned that book and it taught me how to moonwalk. I can still do it.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 9:08 PM on September 18, 2007


Pretty fly for a white guy.
posted by Poolio at 9:10 PM on September 18, 2007


It's "Carlton" actually. And there's a bunch of other interesting clips of him on youtube.
posted by puke & cry at 9:26 PM on September 18, 2007


Awesome. I love to see that guy dance.
posted by Liosliath at 9:37 PM on September 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


When I was young and watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I always assumed that Carleton's dancing was the product of random flailing about. With more years of experience as a dancer under my belt, I realize that each move reeks of technical proficiency. He can look so ridiculous because he's got incredible control over his body. I was a fool not to see it!

What interests me is that it seems that it looks like he's got training outside that outlined in his 80's break dancing book ad. I must read more about this man.
posted by Mister Cheese at 9:46 PM on September 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's so strange- this is actually my main mental image of him. I still think of him as Alfonso Ribiero, the breakdancing kid who danced with Michael Jackson and was on Silver Spoons. And I'm always surprised to think that he later went on to play the square guy on Fresh Prince.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:02 PM on September 18, 2007


It comes with a rap sheet but it doesn't say whose.
posted by Tube at 10:09 PM on September 18, 2007


Why does he keep snarling at me?
posted by poweredbybeard at 10:21 PM on September 18, 2007


And I'm always surprised to think that he later went on to play the square guy on Fresh Prince.

At least that's better than knowing that he later went on to play a steroid junkie that spawned a giant, killer tick.
posted by puke & cry at 10:22 PM on September 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Classic MetaFilter. Why can't every post be a trove of Alfonso Ribeiro trivia?
posted by hjo3 at 10:56 PM on September 18, 2007


He's so cute! His accent, it's so cute!
posted by Brittanie at 11:06 PM on September 18, 2007


With more years of experience as a dancer under my belt, I realize that each move reeks of technical proficiency. He can look so ridiculous because he's got incredible control over his body.

I used to hang out with some dudes who knew their stage combat, and they all agreed that in order to portray a comically bad fighter you had to first learn how to portray a good fighter, both in terms of safety and in terms of selling it to the audience.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:18 PM on September 18, 2007


And then my mom got scared...
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:18 PM on September 18, 2007


Awesome post.
posted by callmejay at 11:44 PM on September 18, 2007


That was radical.

And Alfonso Ribiero goodness aside, hearing Genius of Love always makes me happy.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:45 PM on September 18, 2007


Mister Cheese and Lioslaith, many of the "Carlton Banks" dances are actually real 60s-era craze dances, like the Watusi (scroll about 1/3 way down).
posted by Brittanie at 2:16 AM on September 19, 2007


Sorry, yes. It is "Carlton," not "Carleton." I need to be a better Fresh Prince Fact Checker.

Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese: you OWNED this book?!?! I believe you are my new hero. So... did you graduate to the moves your mom wouldn't like?
posted by gforce414 at 4:11 AM on September 19, 2007


Thanks Brittanie - yep, I'm familiar with those. I even do a passable Mashed Potato.
posted by Liosliath at 4:39 AM on September 19, 2007


bit of trivia: The primary Carlton dance is based on Courtney Cox's dancing in the Bruce Springsteen video she was in, where he pulls her on stage (the song escapes me now)
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 4:52 AM on September 19, 2007


From breakin' and poppin' to dating a porn star (nsfw, duh).
posted by lowlife at 6:57 AM on September 19, 2007


This rules! I just called the number in the commercial and ordered the book, breakin' mat, and rap LPs. Thanks, Alfonso!
posted by porn in the woods at 8:33 AM on September 19, 2007


This post taught me how to love again.

Thank you.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:43 AM on September 19, 2007


Dancing in the Dark, I believe. Ahhh yes, there she is at 3:40. Clap, Clarence! Clap!
posted by miss lynnster at 8:46 AM on September 19, 2007


You know who else could do a mean watusi?
posted by miss lynnster at 8:48 AM on September 19, 2007


gforce414: Actually it was my older brother's book, somebody gave it to him for Christmas. Big brother didn't want to share -- I suppose he wanted to be the only breakdancer in the household -- so I had to sneak in his room when he was out to study it.

I never got very far past the basics: moonwalking, a bit of locking, some popping. The advanced spinning about the floor moves were left to the experts. I don't remember the "rap sheet" with the lyrics, but I do remember the mat because my brother had it spread out on his bedroom floor.

Unfortunately I have no idea what happened to it all. Both my brother and I discovered we had little talent for dancing and thus that avenue was not going to lead us to the middle school ladiez. Breakdancing was eventually tossed aside in our house. But I can still moonwalk.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 8:59 AM on September 19, 2007


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