You kept this large plastic ring circling around your waist by moving your hips. It became very popular overnight and most teenagers got one. I was very young at the time and I can't remember its name, and I haven't seen any in a long time.
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Hula-Hoop See Wikipedia
I remember it too. I knew people who were experts, but the #$%@ thing always fell around my ankles after a few twirls.
A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. The modern hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. "Spud" Melin and Richard Knerr, but children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. Hula hoops for children generally measure approximately 71 centimetres (28 in) in diameter, and those for adults around 1.02 metres (40 in). Traditional materials for hoops include willow, rattan (a flexible and strong vine), grapevines and stiff grasses. Today, they are usually made of plastic tubing.
The Wikipedia article has a 1958 picture of a girl hula-hooping.
The device you refer to is known as a "hoola hoop."