Alfonso Ribeiro: Dancing His Way To Health

ribeiroAlfonso Ribeiro created a name for himself as the loveable, dancing character “Carlton” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. But many may not remember that Alfonso has been dancing long before his early 20’s.

Ribeiro began his career at the age of eight. He first gained recognition in 1983, when he played a leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid. He received positive reviews for his performance, and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.

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Ribeiro appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial that featured Michael Jackson in 1984. Then, in 1985, Alfonso appeared as himself in a commercial on MTV advertising a dance instruction book he authored, called “Alfonso’s Breakin’ & Poppin’ Book” (currently out of print). In 1986, he released a 12″ rap record called Timebomb on Prism Records.

Ribeiro’s most notable role was that of spoiled, rich Carlton Banks in on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. He played the cousin to Will Smith’s lead character. The Carlton character was known for frequently dancing to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual,” a dance move that gained fame as “The Carlton Dance.

In the past few years, Ribeiro has hosted a few game shows but continued to dance. His dancing has kept his weight down and landed him a spot on the hugely popular show, “Dancing With The Stars” which he ended up winning in 2014.

Alfonso knows all too well that dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management