The video is going viral online and its young North Texas star has definitely raised the Bar Mitzvah bar.
CBS 11 News sat down with 13-year-old Sam Horowitz and his mother.
Sam said he wanted to make a big entrance at his Bar Mitzvah party – and he did.
As more than 400 guests at the Omni Hotel in Dallas watched a white chandelier descend onto a stage of professional dancers. But this was no ordinary light fixture. Inside, Sam was ready to join a choreographed routine.
“When I was seven I went to a concert and the singer [and] some performers came out of a chandelier,” the boy remembered. “And I said, oh my God, that’s what I want to do.”
Sam is no stranger to performing. He says he’s been acting since he was three. “It’s like one of my passions.”
Sam’s mother, Angela Horowitz, agreed saying, “He loves to entertain and it’s a big part of his personality,” she said.
But it is a video of Sam’s performance at the Omni that may have gotten him his biggest audience yet. So far the YouTube cut has more than 23,000 views.
Another video with family and friends lip-syncing the song Call Me Maybe has racked up another couple thousand views. It kicked off the Bar Mitzvah.
“I’m so fortunate to be able to do things like that and it was definitely the best day of my life,” Sam said.
Online comments have responded with praise and criticism for the lavish celebration. Sam’s mother points out her son also worked hard, leading up to that night, to raise money for underprivileged children in Israel. It was all part of his coming of age ritual.
“I know who we are and I feel good about who we are,” Angela Horowitz said, adding, “I feel good about what we do. And I feel great about the lessons I’m teaching my children about how to give back to the community in all sorts of ways.”
Sam says he doesn’t expect to throw another party like this… at least not until his wedding. “My mom’s probably already planning it,” he said.
Sam told CBS 11 he rehearsed his routine three hours, every weekend for a month. His mother wouldn’t say how much it cost to pull it all off.