Most Jewish 13-year-olds are lucky if they can get a game of Coke & Pepsi and maybe some professional dancers at their bar or bat mitzvah, but one Texan is setting an entirely new precedent with a burlesque-themed performance that one blog described as “'the craziest entrance to a religious celebration and ceremony we've ever seen.”
After completing the traditional religious part of his bar mitzvah ceremony, Sam Horowitz of Dallas treated guests at his November bash at the Omni Hotel to a lip-synced rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Show Me How You Burlesque.” The performance, which catapulted to YouTube fame after catching the attention of the Dallas Observer on Monday, was replete with eight burlesque dancers bedecked in matching fringe dresses and feathered headbands positioned in front of a backlit, two-story tall marquee sign spelling out Sam’s name.
Breaking tradition with the plebian chair dance, the bar mitzvah boy instead descended onto the stage from a giant lampshade that was lowered from the ceiling. When Sam finally appears on stage roughly one minute into the video, outfitted in an all-white, sequined suit, he launches into a choreographed number that ends in a triumphant shower of confetti.
But wait, there’s more! According to the Daily Dot, the spectacle continued after the opening number, although the only other video supplied by Elixir Entertainment, the company that produced the video, is a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” performed by Sam and his friends and family members.
According to Racked, Sam intends to use his viral bar mitzvah video as a platform for exploring the arts, and will be attending New York Fashion Week in September. "He loves to sing and dance. He's a really passionate kid,” his mother Angela said. "He loves fashion. He's got friends at Neiman Marcus."