Alina Bell was one of the prettiest and sexiest Soul Train dancers of the 1980s and early ‘90s. Indeed, she had a look and dance style all of her own, but she was definitely more than just a pretty face. Here is her story.
SoulTrain.com: How did you become a Soul Train dancer?
Alina Bell: I was doing some modeling and my mom told me I should pursue other things as well. So a close friend of mine named Stevie, who was already dancing on Soul Train, helped me to get on the show.
SoulTrain.com: How long were you on Soul Train?
Alina Bell: 1985 to 1996. I gave birth to twins at one point but then I came back to the show.
SoulTrain.com: What do you remember about the first time you went on Soul Train?
Alina Bell: Lights, camera, action! I was a little nervous but when the music started going the nervousness went away and I just danced!
SoulTrain.com: What is your favorite memory of an artist that appeared on the show?
Alina Bell: When Guy came on the show. I got a chance to meet them and take pictures with them.
SoulTrain.com: When the legendary Stevie Wonder came on the show in 1991, you were one of the dancers who stood next to him as he performed on stage. That must be a memorable moment.
SoulTrain.com: Did you ever do the Soul Train Scramble Board?
Alina Bell: Yes. I did it one time in one take. I never got my prizes. A lot of people who did the Scramble Board didn’t get anything either.
SoulTrain.com: What was the recognition like of being seen on Soul Train?
Alina Bell: People would say, “I saw you on Soul Train!” My family loved seeing me on the show. The recognition was really nice.
SoulTrain.com: What were your impressions of Don Cornelius?
Alina Bell: Don was a calm, cool and collective guy. He would say hello but he was somewhat anti-social.
SoulTrain.com: How was that chicken after the long tapings?
Alina Bell: [Laughs] Yes, I got my fried chicken and I dug into those Rubbermaid garbage cans filled with all of that cold ice to get my soda pop.
SoulTrain.com: Did you ever experience jealousy from the other dancers?
Alina Bell: Never. Everyone was real sweet.
SoulTrain.com: Some of the female dancers told me that they have had problems with stalkers. Did you ever have such a problem?
Alina Bell: No, I never had any problem with stalkers nor ever dealt with any stalkers.
SoulTrain.com: Did you ever get caught by coordinator Pam Brown chewing gum on camera?
Alina Bell: Pam caught me all the time!
SoulTrain.com: Are there any special memories that stand out from being on Soul Train?
Alina Bell: Just being a part of the Soul Train family was always a special memory.
SoulTrain.com: Did you ever attend the Soul Train Music Awards when you were a dancer on the show?
Alina Bell: Only once. All of the dancers were seated in the balcony.
SoulTrain.com: Did you ever do any performances outside of Soul Train?
Alina Bell: I danced on stage with M.C. Hammer when he performed at what is now the Universal Amphitheater.
SoulTrain.com: You wore some eye-catching outfits on the show. Did Toney Briggs, who also designed outfits for other Soul Train dancers and celebrities, design outfits for you?
Alina Bell: No, he never designed any of my outfits. I bought all of my outfits at the mall.
SoulTrain.com: After leaving Soul Train, did you ever want to do anything in the entertainment industry?
Alina Bell: No. I was focused on school. I attended Los Angeles Community College and UCLA.
SoulTrain.com: What are you doing currently?
Alina Bell: I have spent 25 years in the dentistry field.
SoulTrain.com: Recently, you among other former Soul Train dancers including myself were honored at the second annual Disco Ball. What do you want to say about that incredible evening?
Alina Bell: That was such a special moment. We were all together. It was wonderful!
SoulTrain.com: What do you want to say in memory of Don Cornelius?
Alina Bell: I give a lot of thanks to Don Cornelius for allowing us to participate in his vision and to get recognition from people all over the world.
SoulTrain.com: What word of wisdom do you want to share?
Alina Bell: Stay positive and keep the music and dancing alive. We are one big Soul Train family!
Journalist, actor, filmmaker, dancer, performer, writer, poet, historian and choreographer. That’s Stephen McMillian.