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05/29/2009 at 07:00 AM EDT
will soon be cutting Footloose on the big screen
. So what's he like on the real-life dance floor?
"Chace has got a lot of upper body stuff going on. He raises the roof a lot," his Gossip Girl
costar Connor Paolo told PEOPLE at a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit at Manhattan ballroom Capitale Thursday night.
The unique move, he says, is a success. "Come on, anything Chace does will work for him," Paolo said with a laugh.
The 18-year-old actor – on hiatus from filming – looks forward to hearing more from Crawford about the film, which will be directed by High School Musical
's Kenny Ortega.
"The last time I saw him ... we were talking about the film he just finished, which was Twelve
. So he and I haven't talked about this yet. But I'm sure it will be a fun conversation!"
And, in the meantime, Paolo is looking forward to a summer not
in the city. "My family grew up out in Long Beach Island in Jersey, which is where I basically grew up. So I'm out there almost every weekend. We'll just drive out there and kick back at the house," he says. And maybe get their grooves on.