Alfonso Ribeiro of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air can’t be happy.
The U.S. Copyright Office has rejected his bid for owning the signature moves we all know as ‘The Carlton Dance”. Apparenly a specialist from the office said the moves were so simple that they couldn’t be registrable.
“The dancer sways their hips as they step from side to side, while swinging their arms in an exaggerated manner . . .
“In the second dance step, the dancer takes two steps to each side while opening and closing their legs and their arms in unison.
“In the final step, the dancer’s feet are still and they lower one hand from above their head to the middle of their chest while fluttering their fingers. The combination of these three dance steps is a simple routine that is not registrable as a choreographic work.”
Alfonso attempted to register the dance because he’s suing the creators of the games “Fortnite” and “NBA 2K”for using it without his permission.
Apparently Alfonso’s dance was originally inspired by Courteney Cox’s dancing in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” video and an old Eddie Murphy comedy routine fro Raw. Here’s a clip of Alfonso talking about how he created the moves: The Creation of ‘The Carlton’