"I hope I find a boy like that!" says Victoria Lucas, 14, after she challenges Obama to do the Bump

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall and Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 21, 2009 11:10 AM
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It seems all Washington was dancing in the streets on Tuesday, but that night at the Neighborhood Ball, the spotlight was on 14-year-old Victoria Lucas.

No shrinking violet, the 9th-grader from Dover, Del., went right up to President Barack Obama – and challenged him to the Bump.

“I knew I was going to be on stage with him,” Lucas tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t know I was going to be that close to him!”

As a partner, “He was just a very smooth, cool, laidback dancer. He was just like a normal person,” assessed Lucas. “You would never think this dude earlier today was sworn in as our next president.

“It’s amazing to think about. He was just a very smooth and suave dancer. It was like he was raised on the dance floor. It was so much fun.”

Hopes to Find a ‘Boy Like That’

Compared to the boys at school, “There is no comparison whatsoever,” she said. “The boys at school are more into the jumping up and down and shaking the hair type stuff.

“He’s just an all-American good dancer. I hope I find a boy like that!”

Getting Obama to dance wasn’t difficult, either. “I said to him, ‘Let’s start the Bump,’ and he was like, ‘Well, okay!’ And we just started doing the Bump.

“It was the only dance move I knew that was good for TV. And I think we both had the basic movement going on and it just sort of fell into place.”

Granted, she had witnessed a precedent. “I saw him kinda doing something that resembled it on Ellen, and I thought maybe I’ll shoot for the stars and try it and see if he’s got it going on. He did!”

As for the “twirly” black dress Lucas wore from David’s Bridal during her moment in the limelight, she said: “I’ll never wear this dress again, I can tell you that. I’ll probably frame it and hang it in my bedroom.”

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