"DWTS" Has an Epic Carlton Moment

We knew it was coming. Well, we hoped and prayed and wished that it was coming. And last night, our dreams finally came true: Straight outta 1990s Bel Air, the one and only Carlton Banks finally made an appearance on "Dancing with the Stars"—fittingly, on the show's "My Most Memorable Year" episode.

But we had to wait for it.

The show opened with a lovely number, choreographed by Sharna Burgess, to Ariana Grande's "Break Free." Unfortunately, it was the only "long" group piece performed by the pros (a few extra snippets followed commercial breaks). But "Break Free" was energetic, sparkly and pretty great. Check it out:

And then. After more than an hour of reminiscing through dance, it was time for Alfonso Ribeiro to revisit his "Fresh Prince" signature schtick. Maybe you were surprised—probably not. But what shocked no one was Ribeiro's sheer amazingness (which we sooo called early on). He totally cut loose. He was totally in the moment. He was totally smooth, totally joyous and totally aware that this is what America has been craving. He. Was. Carlton.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson in a jazz routine to Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual":

Perfect 10s. Natch.

In the end, we learned that fashion designer Betsey Johnson (and her partner Tony Dovolani) would not get to compete another week. If only she had a signature dance move from the '90s.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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