The So You Think You Can Dance alum tells PEOPLE he learned erotic dancing from YouTube

By Michael Miller
Updated June 25, 2015 10:00 PM

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Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss went into Magic Mike XXL as the most experienced dancer in the cast, but even he needed some extra training in the art of male stripping.

Fortunately for the So You Think You Can Dance alum, he was able to get all the tips he needed outside the club – all from the comfort of his computer.

“There are so many videos of male entertainers on YouTube that they made me watch,” Boss tells PEOPLE. “More videos than I’d like to say I did.”

While the pro dancer, who also DJs on Ellen, might’ve had to clear his browser history a few times, all the video tutorials paid off in the end.

“But, I mean, it helped a lot,” he admits. “It really did, because there aren’t too many times – well, actually this is the first time that I’ve danced directly into a position to seduce like this.”

Surprisingly, Boss says he felt more at ease showing off his stripper moves on set than he did practicing at home. (He’s married to SYTYCD alum and Dancing with the Stars pro Allison Holker.)

“Honestly, being on set, it switches around,” he explains. “When you’re at home or when I was at my room thinking about it or trying to practice on a chair when someone wasn’t there, that’s awkward, but when we got on set it just clicked.”

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Boss attributes the good energy on set to working with a group of humble costars like Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett Smith.

“I think accessible is a great word and just true, down to earth,” he says of Tatum. “I think that’s why his star continues to rise because he’s really genuinely a good person. He’s a cool cat.”

Likewise, Boss says Pinkett Smith was “legitimately one of my favorite people. I can just sit there and talk to her for days and, even then, she’s at eye level.”