That time Carlton Banks danced with Michael Jackson

A young Alfonso Ribeiro cut a rug with the King of Pop in an 1980s Pepsi commercial.

October 10, 2014

As lifelong fans of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, we know that Alfonso Ribeiro—a.k.a. Carlton Banks—is one helluva dancer. I mean, who hasn’t tried their had at the Carlton dance?

“The Carlton dance is different from any dance you’ll ever learn,” he said on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. “You don’t have to have rhythm. You have to separate body parts. It’s like doing four moves at the same time.”

Seriously. Try it. We just did, and we’ve determined that the Carlton is straight-up impossible. It speaks to the skill Ribeiro has as a dancer, which got us thinking: When did he start dancing? Well, turns out, it goes way back to 1984. In a Pepsi commercial. Where Ribeiro, then a child outfitted in MJ’s signature red jacket, moonwalks directly into Michael himself.

Hey! Watch It….


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