11/13/2006 at 01:00 AM EST
Shows Happy Feet
's Penguins How to Dance
Marching like a penguin looks easy enough, but dancing like one? That takes talent. Virtuoso Savion Glover, who choreographed and performed main character Mumble's tapping scenes in Happy Feet
, shares his steps:
1. RESEARCH YOUR ROLE Glover met with a penguin trainer to "learn how a penguin walks, how different limbs move," he says. "And I watched documentaries about penguins."
2. NO FLAPPING I had to keep my elbows straight," says Glover, who wore a motion-capture outfit with dozens of sensors. "But I had a lot of freedom. The director wanted my style."
3. EMBRACE YOUR INNER SHAKIRA
"They have this waddle you do with the waist," he says. "There's a circular pelvic thing going on. And then it's a matter of me listening to the music and hittin' it."