I was riding home from work today and the song "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang came on. I was immediately reminded of when I used to go to Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties as a kid. I learned this whole dance to the song (it was like the electric slide in that it repeated itself in different directions) and would practice it in the basement with my sister and my BFF. There was one time when I was one of the only girls at a Bar Mitzvah party (no complaints about that) and all the moms wanted me to teach them the dance. Nowadays, I couldn't even attempt to remember the dance even if I wanted to. I guess I need to watch my Bat Mitzvah video again.
The other big thing at these parties was the hula hoop competition. Once again, my sister, my BFF and I practiced hula hooping for hours in the basement. We'd even master the different stunts, such as going on our knees, lifting one leg, turning around, etc. I had it mastered for my own Bat Mitzvah party but then got flustered by the end and my sister won the contest. In 2002 (going into 2003), I tried to do a hula hoop contest at First Night Evanston and failed miserably. I just didn't have the moves anymore.
Oh, to be a pre-teen again!