‘Carlton Dance’ Refused Copyright Registration

She also wrote an explanation of the choreography in which “the dancer sways their hips as they step from side to side, while swinging their arms in an exaggerated manner.”
Florence wrote, “This single dance step is not registrable as a choreographic work. Accordingly, your application for registration is refused.”
Ribeiro debuted the moves during a scene on the popular show that starred Will Smith.
In one episode, Ribeiro’s character, Carlton Banks, performs the dance to the Tom Jones classic “It’s Not Unusual.”
    The choreography also helped the actor and TV host win “Dancing With the Stars.”
    Ribeiro and his pro dance partner, Witney Carson, were crowned champions of that competition dance show in 2014, with one of their highlights being a performance featuring the “Carlton Dance.”

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