The actor's penguin-esque 'Hopper dance' went viral when the Netflix series' second season premiered in October

By Mackenzie Schmidt
February 20, 2018 11:56 AM

David Harbour has finally brought his penguin dance to its natural habitat.

The Stranger Things actor shared a video of himself hanging out in a colony of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica on Twitter on Monday, and yes, showing off the signature dance move that inspired his trip: the Hopper dance.

“You guys seen Stranger Things? It’s on Netflix,” he asks his audience of tiny penguins in a clip filmed by girlfriend Alison Sudol. “There’s a very special scene that the internet has liked a lot. I just wanted to share it will all of you guys. It’s not a big deal,” he explains before breaking into the goofy, penguin-esque choreography. He adds, “Thank you Greenpeace. Thank you Internet. I’ve never had so much fun being humiliated.”

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The dance went viral after first being executed by Harbour’s character, Chief Hopper, in the award-winning Netflix series and led to the actor asking global campaigning organization Greenpeace to bring him to the southernmost continent to get some dance tips from the real experts. Greenpeace responded to Harbour’s tweet the next day, telling him, “Hmm, if you get over 200k we’ll ask the Captain if you can join our expedition to the Antarctic and dance with the penguins.”

His tweet got more than 380,000 retweets and he and Sudol boarded a vessel headed to the bottom of the world earlier this month.

“I thought this was going to be a silly thing, and I thought I was just going to dance with penguins,” he says in another video posted Monday addressing his followers, who enabled the voyage. “But ultimately . . . it’s turned into kind of another thing about protecting the Antarctic waters, this huge conservation movement that’s going on.”

In a press release issued before his departure, Harbour wrote, “Well, Greenpeace says the Weddell Sea and its surroundings are home to a precious ecosystem, vital to sustaining our future. And that there’s penguins there. And that I’ll get to waddle around with them, discuss their parenting techniques with them and yes, yes, dance with them.”

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This isn’t the first time Harbour’s Twitter fan base has rallied to help make dreams come true.

In the past year, Harbour himself has granted wishes to his Stranger Things fans — posing for senior portraits holding a trombone with a high school student and agreeing to officiate a wedding in Illinois in September all simply because his followers were able to get enough support on social media.