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article imageVideo: Teen's 1992 Bar Mitzvah 'Vogue' video goes viral

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By Brett Wilkins     Aug 16, 2012 in Lifestyle
Chicago - A 20-year-old clip of an Illinois teen dancing to Madonna's "Vogue" is the latest viral video sensation. Sites from the Huffington Post to Gawker to ABC News are positively gushing about the kid's sultry moves.
His name is Shaun Sperling. In 1992 he was a 13-year-old who just read from the Torah and became a man according to Jewish tradition. Celebrating afterwards, he struck a pose-- lots of them, actually-- to Madonna's 1990 number one hit "Vogue." Kicking off his impressive routine, Sperling throws off his staid suit jacket revealing a white dress shirt with Madonna's image spray-painted on the back. Tween girlies sit watching in rapt attention, cheering on the man of the hour's every move. Fortuitously, someone was shooting the whole thing on a video camera.
Today the video of that long-ago Bar Mitzvah dance has gone viral on YouTube. Sperling, now an attorney in Chicago, told ABC News that he remembers that dance "like it was yesterday."
"My sister and I practiced every day after school," he said. "It was probably months, which is ridiculous because I do the same move over and over. But we practiced a lot."
Sperling said that he was "struggling with his sexual orientation" at that time and Madonna's music helped him express himself.
"Two years later, I came out," he told ABC News.
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