Shake It Up is an American television sitcom airing on Disney Channel in the United States. The series premiered on November 7, 2010. Created by Chris Thompson and starring Bella Thorne and Zendaya, the show follows the adventures of Cece Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) as they star as background dancers on a local show, Shake It Up Chicago. It also chronicles their misadventures on- and off-set, and their troubles and rising social status at school. Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine also are other main cast members in the series.

The show's original concept was for Disney to create a female buddy comedy, only with a dance aspect. The dance concept is Disney's third original series, after The Famous Jett Jackson and Sonny with a Chance, to use a show-within-a-show format. The series is also the first Disney Channel Original Series since So Weird to have more than six main contract cast members at one time.

On March 16, 2011, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, and on September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes.[1] An album with songs from the series, Shake It Up: Break It Down, was released on July 12, 2011.[2]


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See also: List of Shake It Up charactersShake It Up revolves around the adventures of best friends Rocky Blue (Zendaya) and CeCe Jones (Bella Thorne), who with the help of their longtime friend, Deuce Martinez (Adam Irigoyen), fulfill their favorite dreams of becoming professional dancers when they land roles as dancers on a local show, "Shake It Up, Chicago!".[3] Cece and Rocky deal with their circumstances, by adapting and maintaining their social status at school while watching CeCe's little brother, Flynn (Davis Cleveland), and the antics of their TV show which includes their matching the skills of their competition, notably brother and sister, Gunther and Tinka (Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine).[3] The show also has storylines which include Rocky's brother Ty (Roshon Fegan), who also has dance skills.[3] Selena Gomez & the Scene performs the theme song, Background The show was ordered up as Disney's attempt in its first female buddy show, but with a dance-driven aspect.[4] Initially carrying the working title Dance, Dance Chicago, the original description was described as the journey of two kids on a contemporary American Bandstand-type show.[5] Veteran television producers Chris Thompson, a former writer for Laverne & Shirley and creator of Bosom Buddies and Rob Lotterstein, who had worked on several series including Boy Meets World were assigned to work on the story.[3][6] Casting for the show began in October 2009.[5] Bella Thorne and Zendaya were cast as the two female leads, as well as Camp Rock cast member Roshon Fegan in a co-lead role. On May 21, 2010, with the title change revealed as Shake It Up, the production for the show was announced to begin in July, and anticipated for a fall 2010 premiere. President of Disney Entertainment, Gary Marsh said the Bella Thorne/Zendaya duo were the most engaging best friends they had seen on the network. On what makes the show different, Marsh said "while buddy comedies have been around since the start of television," that "this is the first time anyone has incorporated dancing into the underlying premise of a sitcom."[7]

The concept of the show has been noted to be very similar to that of fellow Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, and according to The Sun-Sentinel, Shake It Up is the same approach with dance.[8] Additionally, the show is Disney's third series to have a show-within-a-show following "Silverstone" in The Famous Jett Jackson and "So Random" in Sonny with a Chance. Chuck Barney of the Contra Costa Times said that the show's plots "play out in typical Disney Channel style with uncomplicated story lines, broad humor and moral uplift."[4] In an interview, Bella Thorne said of the show, "It is about them going through the stuff that teens go through every day. The writing is very realistic. I have gone through most of these problems."[9] Rosero McCoy, a choreographer for Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam was tapped to be a choreographer for the show, along with Claude Racine.[10] Shake It Up is shot at Los Angeles Center Studios.[4]

The series succeeds Hannah Montana, Jonas L.A., I'm in the Band and Phineas and Ferb as Disney's latest foray into music-oriented series.[5] According to Rick Bently of the Fresno Bee, the show's timing was to capitalize off the success of the current dance series' Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.[11] Original music for the series has been produced and recorded by the show's cast and various artists, with the theme song "Shake It Up" performed by Hollywood Records artist Selena Gomez & the Scene.[12] The theme was written by Aris Archontis, Jeanne Lurie and Chen Neeman, who also penned the opening title themes to fellow Disney series Sonny with a Chance and Good Luck Charlie.


[1][2]Costars Bella Thorne and Zendaya during a promotional event for the showIn initial casting, Disney searched for two female co-leads.[13] Although boasting elaborate credits of prior television experience, including guest starring on Wizards of Waverly Place, Bella Thorne was cast after never dancing professionally before, and takes dance classes three times a week to improve.[9] Zendaya had theater background prior to her casting, and grew up in theater when her mother worked in the California Shakespeare Theater in Oakland, California.[13] Having the same agent that discovered Miley Cyrus, she won the role after several auditions and over 200 other hopefuls.[4] On the casting of the two, Judy Taylor, Senior Vice President of Casting for Disney Channel commented that Coleman was "completely engaging" with a "great presence" and that Thorne had "high energy" and viewers would want to "want to get to know her better the instant you meet her."[13] One goal was for the two leads to have chemistry working together, and Thorne said of her relationship with Zendaya, "When we first met, there was this energy," she says. "It was like we were meant to be together."[4]

Adam Irigoyen was cast as Deuce Martinez[10] Irigoyen credited his family for his success, moving him out to Los Angeles two years prior for him to start his career.[10] Irigoyen has previously worked on Wizards of Waverly Place.[7] Davis Cleveland, whose work included guest appearances on Good Luck Charlie, "Zeke and Luther" and Hannah Montana Forever, was cast as CeCe's younger brother, Flynn.[7]

Disney Channel veteran Roshon Fegan, who co-starred in both films of the Camp Rock film series, was cast as Rocky's older brother Ty. In the recurring role of Gary Wilde, R. Brandon Johnson was cast the day before the pilot and began taping the next day.[10] Kenton Duty was cast as Gunther, after four audition attempts,[10] and Caroline Sunshine landed the role of Gunther's twin sister Tinka after canceling plans for a family vacation so she could audition. The brother/sister duo of Gunther and Tinka is said to be inspired by Ryan and Sharpay Evans of Disney's High School Musical series.[14]

Some notable celebrity guest-stars have included Renée Taylor, Chris Trousdale, John D'Aquino, Anneliese van der Pol, Kent Boyd and Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew contestants JabbaWockeeZ (Season 1 Champions), Quest Crew (Season 3 Champions), Poreotics (Season 5 Champions), Jungle Boogie (Season 5), Saltare (Season 5), Breaks8 (season 1),and Instant Noodles (Season 6)


Main article: List of Shake It Up characters===[edit] Main characters===

Recurring charactersEdit

Main article: List of Shake It Up episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 21 November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07) August 21, 2011 (2011-08-21)
2 26[15] September 18, 2011 (2011-09-18) TBA

Good Luck Charlie crossoverEdit

On June 5, 2011 a Good Luck Charlie episode Charlie Shakes It Up premiered. In this episode Good Luck Charlie characters Teddy, Charlie, and Amy all go to Chicago to visit their great-aunt Nell but, when they arrive, they take the wrong car and are mistaken for the Duncan Sisters (two dancers) on Shake It Up Chicago!. Gunther, Tinka and Ty did not appear in the crossover, only Cece, Rocky, Deuce, Flynn and Gary appeared. It was counted as a Good Luck Charlie episode and not a Shake It Up episode.


It was announced during the 2011 Licensing International Expo that a Shake It Up movie is in the works.[16]


Critical receptionEdit

The series has earned mixed-to-negative reviews. Tom Gliatto of People Weekly gave the series two out of four stars, writing, "Shake It Up doesn't shake up the kid-com formula one bit, but it has something more than the usual shiny-sparkly cuteness".[17] It currently scores a 5.6 out of 10 on[18]


According to Nielsen Media Research, the series premiere of Shake It Up garnered approximately 6.2 million viewers and made its debut the highest-rated series premiere in Disney Channel’s 27-year history, followed by The Suite Life on Deck's Premiere which garnered 5.7 million viewers,[19] then the March 24, 2006 series premiere of Hannah Montana,[20] which garnered 5.4 million viewers. The premiere scored an 11.0 rating (2.7 million viewers) among the 9–14-year-old demographic and a 10.6 rating (2.6 million viewers) among the 6–11-year-old demographic. It also became the channel's highest-rated Sunday premiere for an original series on record with total viewers, kids aged 6–11 and teens aged 9–14.[21]


Shake It Up: Break It Down
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Pop, dance, electronic, hip hop
Length 43:19
Label Walt Disney Records
Singles from Shake It Up: Break It Down
  1. "Shake It Up"

Released: February 15, 2011[22]

  1. "Watch Me"

Released: June 21, 2011[23]

Shake It Up: Break It Down is a Disney Channel soundtrack from the TV series, Shake It Up. It was released on July 12, 2011 as a 2 Disc CD + DVD combo, with the DVD showing the dance steps.[24]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Produced by Length
1. "Shake It Up" (Selena Gomez & the Scene) Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, Chen Neeman Lurie, Archontis, Neeman 3:00
2. "Breakout" (Margaret Durante) Ben Charles, Aaron Harmon, Jim Wes Charles, Harmon, Wes 2:59
3. "Not Too Young" (Chris Trousdale and Nevermind) Antonina Armato, Tim James, Thomas Sturges, Braxton Langston-Chapman Rock Mafia 2:55
4. "School's Out" (Kyra Cristiaan (or Sita Vermeulen on European releases)) Charles, Harmon, Wes Charles, Harmon, Wes 2:34
5. "Watch Me" (Margaret Durante) Charles, Harmon, Wes Charles, Harmon, Wes 2:55
6. "All The Way Up" (Alana de Fonseca) Ali Dee Theodore, Sarai Howard, Fonseca, Jason Gleed Ali Dee 3:30
7. "We Right Here" (Drew Ryan Scott) Dapo Torimiro, Scott Torimiro 3:11
8. "Dance For Life" (Adam Hicks and Drew Seeley) Lambert Waldrip, Adam Hicks, Justin Mobley, Anna Vasilenko, Tocarra Phillips Stereo 2:55
9. "Twist My Hips" (Tim James and Nevermind) Armato, James, Sturges, Nevermind Rock Mafia 2:56
10. "Roll The Dice" (Marlene Strand) Niclas Molinder, Joacim Persson, Johan Alkenas, Geraldo Sandell Twin, Alkenas 2:59
11. "Just Wanna Dance" (Geraldo Sandell and Riky Luna) Molinder, Persson, Jonas Thander, Charlie Mason, Luna Twin, Alkenas 3:06
12. "Our Generation" (Sibel Redzep) Molinder, Persson, Alkenas, Scott Twin, Alkenas 4:15
13. "All Electric" (Anna Margaret and Nevermind) Armato, James, Sturges, Nevermind Rock Mafia 3:09
14. "Watch Me" (Bella Thorne & Zendaya) Charles, Harmon, and Wes Charles, Harmon, Wes 2:55
15. "It's Alive (Amazon Exclusive Track)" (Nayana Holley) Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, Chen Neeman Lurie, Archontis, Neeman 3:21
16. "Bling Bling (iTunes Bonus Track)" (Windy Wagner) 2:37

DVD Track listingEdit

No. Title Length
1. "Shake It Up Break It Down DVD Menu" 0:31
2. "Shake It Up Break It Down Introduction" 0:40
3. "School's Out" 10:14
4. "Watch Me" 11:40
5. "Breakout" 10:50
6. "Not Too Young" 11:40
7. "Shake It Up" 11:46
8. "End Credits [Shake It Up Break It Down]" 0:33


Chart (2011) Peak
Mexican Album Charts[25] 65

Shake It Up songEdit

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