Alfonso Ribeiro is quite the dancer!
While most fans are familiar with Ribeiro’s famous “Carlton” dance from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he’s taken things to a whole new level with his recent performances of Dancing With the Stars!
His success on the notable dance competition series has garnered lots of attention.
So, of course, everyone wants to know exactly what he’s been doing to be able to execute those dance steps with such precision. During a recent interview with ABC News, the 43-year-old revealed he actually practices eight hours a day.
“I’m doing four, five hours at the studio, then I come home and work for three or four hours on the dances myself, just kind of get it into my body,” he revealed.
Although Ribeiro makes dancing look relatively easy, he went on to express how difficult the whole process has been.
“It’s really, really, really difficult. People seem to think I’m this professional dancer and that’s so not the case. I’ve only done tap dancing before,” he continued.
“All of this is brand new. Like this week we are doing the quick step … It’s been a tough, tough journey. But every day we go into it saying, ‘Let’s do the best we can today’ and hope that keeps us near the top.”
He also revealed the first performance was actually the easiest, because he had three weeks to train and prepare. However, things have gotten a bit more challenging, because he has to learn and keep up at an accelerated pace. Now, he only has one week to prepare for each performance.
“It’s so hard, but it’s a lot of fun and I’m having a blast. I’ve got the best partner in Witney Carson, she’s just amazing. We are having a blast with it,” he said.
In addition to having fun, he also revealed dancing has been great for his health! “I’ve already lost 17 pounds,” he revealed. “There’s been a lot of change.”
Fans can catch Alfonso Ribeiro in action when the next episode of Dancing With the Stars airs Monday, Oct. 6 on ABC.