Shake It Up (TV series)

For the Indian adaption, see Shake It Up (Indian TV series).
Shake It Up
Created by Chris Thompson
Theme music composer Jeanne Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman
Opening theme "Shake It Up", performed by Selena Gomez
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 75 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Videotape (filmized);
Running time 23 minutes, one 66 minute special
Production company(s) It's a Laugh Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07) – November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)
External links
Official Website

Shake It Up (sometimes stylized as Shake It Up!) is an American sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel in the United States from November 7, 2010 to November 10, 2013. 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 with a dance aspect.

On September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes.[1] A 90-minute special episode Made In Japan aired August 17, 2012 as the season two finale.[2] On June 4, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Shake It Up was renewed for a third season[3] and announced that Kenton Duty will not be a regular cast member for season 3, but will make special guest appearances; despite this, he did not appear in a single episode.[4]

On July 25, 2013, Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up would be ending after its third season. The series finale aired on November 10, 2013.[5]


Shake It Up follows the adventures of best friends CeCe Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) who, with the help of Rocky's brother Ty (Roshon Fegan) and his best friend Deuce Martinez (Adam Irigoyen), fulfill their dreams of becoming professional dancers when they land roles as dancers on a local show, "Shake It Up, Chicago!".[6] 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 matching the skills of their competition, notably brother and sister, Gunther and Tinka (Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine).[6] The show also has storylines which include Rocky's brother, who also has dance and rapping skills.[6] Singer Selena Gomez performs the theme song, "Shake It Up", which was featured on the Shake It Up: Break It Down soundtrack.


The show was ordered up as Disney's attempt at its first female buddy show, but with a dance-driven aspect.[7] 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.[8] 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.[6][9] Casting for the show began in October 2009.[8] 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, ... this is the first time anyone has incorporated dancing into the underlying premise of a sitcom."[10]

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.[11] 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/Mackenzie Falls" 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."[7] 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."[12] Rosero McCoy, a choreographer for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam was tapped to be a choreographer for the show, along with Claude Racine.[13] The series was shot at Los Angeles Center Studios.[7]

The series succeeds Hannah Montana, Jonas, I'm in the Band and Phineas and Ferb as Disney's latest foray into music-oriented series.[8] 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.[14] 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 American singer and actress Selena Gomez.[15] The theme was written and produced 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.


Co-stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya during a promotional event for the show

In initial casting, Disney searched for two female co-leads.[16] 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 took dance classes three times a week to improve.[12] 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.[16] Having the same agent that discovered Miley Cyrus, she won the role after several auditions and over 200 other hopefuls.[7] On the casting of the two, Judy Taylor, Senior Vice President of Casting for Disney Channel, commented that Zendaya was "completely engaging" with a "great presence" and that Thorne had "high energy" and viewers would "want to get to know her better the instant you meet her."[16] 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. It was like we were meant to be together."[7]

Adam Irigoyen was cast as Deuce Martinez[13] Irigoyen credited his family for his success, moving him out to Los Angeles two years prior for him to start his career.[13] Irigoyen previously worked on Wizards of Waverly Place.[10] Davis Cleveland, whose work included guest appearances on Good Luck Charlie, Zeke and Luther and Hannah Montana, was cast as CeCe's younger brother, Flynn.[10]

Disney Channel veteran Roshon Fegan, who co-stars 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.[13] Kenton Duty was cast as Gunther, after four audition attempts.[13] Stefanie Scott was originally cast as Gunther's twin sister Tinka, but Disney Channel decided to cast her as Lexi on A.N.T. Farm instead. Casting for Tinka ran again and Caroline Sunshine landed the role 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.[17]

Some notable celebrity guest-stars are Renée Taylor, Chris Trousdale, Ben Savage, 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 winners), Breaks8 (season 1), Quest Crew (season 3 winners), Poreotics (season 5 winners), Jungle Boogie (season 5), Saltare (season 5), IaMmE Crew (season 6 winners), ICONic Boyz (season 6 runners-up), Instant Noodles (season 6), Elektrolytes (season 7 winners) and Beat Freaks (season 3 runners-up).



Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Bella Thorne
CeCe Jones Main
Rocky Blue Main
Davis Cleveland
Flynn Jones Main
Roshon Fegan
Ty Blue Main
Adam Irigoyen
Deuce Martinez Main
Kenton Duty
Gunther Hessenheffer Main
Caroline Sunshine
Tinka Hessenheffer Recurring Main


Actor Character Season
1 2 3
R. Brandon Johnson
Gary Wilde Recurring
Anita Barone
Georgia Jones Recurring
Carla Renata
Marcie Blue Recurring
Ainsley Bailey
Dina Garcia Recurring
Buddy Handleson
Henry Dillon Recurring
Phil Morris
Curtis Blue Recurring
Jim Pirri
Uncle Frank Recurring
Leo Howard
Logan Hunter Recurring
Anthony Starke
Jeremy Hunter Recurring


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)August 21, 2011 (2011-08-21)
228September 18, 2011 (2011-09-18)August 17, 2012 (2012-08-17)
326October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)

Good Luck Charlie crossover

On June 5, 2011, a Good Luck Charlie episode "Charlie Shakes It Up" premiered. In this episode Good Luck Charlie characters Teddy, Amy and Charlie all go to Chicago to visit their great-aunt Nell so they can get into the will and get rich. When they arrive, they take the wrong car and are mistaken for the Duncan Sisters (two famous dancers) on Shake It Up Chicago!. Rocky and CeCe notice that they are imposters when Flynn wants to get the real Duncan Sisters autograph. After Teddy and Amy explain the truth the real Duncan Sisters appear into the studio so Deuce locks them into the janitor's closet and Teddy, Amy and Charlie performed. Only CeCe, Rocky, Deuce, Flynn, and Gary appeared in the crossover because Disney claimed they only needed "base characters" It was counted as a "Good Luck Charlie" episode and not a "Shake It Up" episode.

Season 2 finale special

It was announced during the 2011 Licensing International Expo that a Shake It Up movie was in the works.[18] It was confirmed that the movie title would be Shake It Up: Made in Japan and it was also announced that the movie would be 90 minutes long.[19] It was broadcast on August 17, 2012, as an extended length season two final episode.[20]


On December 23, 2011, a rebroadcast of the episode "Party It Up", in which a female character complimented CeCe and Rocky, with the line "I could just eat you guys up...well, if I ate", aired on the channel that evening. Former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato, who left Sonny with a Chance in the fall of 2010 for counseling because of personal issues, commented on the episode, criticizing the network through Twitter for including a joke about eating disorders when she had struggled through the issue herself, and as one of the reasons for leaving the company's fold. Disney Channel's public relations account responded to Lovato by stating that that episode and an episode of So Random! which had an eating disorder joke would be pulled from the network's airing cycle and reviewed further.[21][22][23][24] Later in 2012, the episode started airing regularly on Disney Channel with the joke removed.


The series has earned mixed reviews. Tom Gliatto of People magazine 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."[25] It currently scores a 4.4 out of 10 on[26] Currently the most watched episode of the series is "Start It Up" with 6.2 million viewers. The episode "Weird It Up" is the least watched episode, scoring 2.5 million viewers.


According to Nielsen Media Research, the series premiere of Shake It Up garnered 6.2 million viewers and made its debut as the highest-rated series premiere in Disney Channel’s 27-year history, followed by Wizards of Waverly Place with 5.9 million viewers,[27] then Liv and Maddie's premiere which had 5.8 million viewers then The Suite Life on Deck's and Austin & Ally's premieres which garnered 5.7 million viewers,[28] and then the March 24, 2006 series premiere of Hannah Montana,[29] which garnered 5.4 million viewers. The premiere scored an 11.0 rating (2.7 million viewers) among the 9- to 14-year-old demographic and a 10.6 rating (2.6 million viewers) among the 6- to 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 to 11 and teens aged 9 to 14.[30]


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Shake It Up: Break It Down 22 1 65 21
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
  • Released: March 20, 2012
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
13 2 191 8
Shake It Up: I Love Dance
  • Released: March 5, 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
26 2 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays

List of albums
Title Album details
Made in Japan
  • Released: August 21, 2012
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Watch Me"
(Bella Thorne and Zendaya)
2011 86 9 Shake It Up: Break It Down
"Up, Up and Away"[42]
2012 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
(Bella Thorne)
97 15 71 170
"Something to Dance For"
[A] 186
"Fashion Is My Kryptonite"
(Bella Thorne and Zendaya)
Made in Japan
"Contagious Love"
(Bella Thorne and Zendaya)
2013 Shake It Up: I Love Dance
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak Album
"Shake It Up"
(Selena Gomez)
2010 [upper-alpha 1] Shake It Up: Break It Down
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Bella Thorne Won [44]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Adam Irigoyen, Roshon Fegan, Caroline Sunshine, Kenton Duty Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress – Television Bella Thorne [45]
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress Zendaya [46]
Bella Thorne
Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actor Buddy Handleson
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 14-16 Evie Louise Thompson
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13 Zayne Emory
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 10 & Under Caitlin Carmichael
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series Zendaya, Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty, Caroline Sunshine, Roshon Fegan
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress – Television Bella Thorne Won [47]
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Favorite Television Actress Nominated [48]
Favorite Television Show Shake It Up [49]
Casting Society of America Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Children's Series Programming Howard Meltzer, Suzanne Goddard-Smythe [50]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special) Zendaya [51]
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress - Comedy Bella Thorne [52][53]
Favorite TV Actor - Supporting Role in a Comedy Adam Irigoyen
Kids Choice Awards Mexico Programa Internacional Favorito Shake It Up [54][55]

Indian adaptation

An Indian adaptation of the show, titled Shake It Up, premiered on Disney Channel India on March 30, 2013. However, it is centered on two teenage boys as opposed to two teenage girls. Like most Indian adaptations, the episodes are similar to the original.[56]


The series originally aired from November 7, 2010 to November 10, 2013 on Disney Channel. It premiered on November 12, 2010 on Family Channel and Disney Channel (UK and Ireland) and ended on December 6, 2013 and January 31, 2014 respectively.[57][58][59] It aired on Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand) as a preview on December 31, 2010 and premiered on February 25, 2011 and ran until February 13, 2014.[60] The series aired on Disney Channel (Southern Africa) from January 29, 2011 until February 2, 2014.[61] It is currently airing on Disney Channel (Southeast Asia)[62] and re-runs are airing on 7Two in Australia


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