Shake It Up! is a Disney Channel Original Series, developed by veteran TV producer Chris Thompson that premiered on November 7, 2010.The series revolves around Platonic Life Partners Cecilia "CeCe" Jones (Bella Thorne) and Raquel "Rocky" Blue (Zendaya), two young teen best friends from inner-city Chicago who find themselves one step closer to their dream of becoming professional dancers when they're hired as backup dancers on Shake It Up Chicago, an American Bandstand-style variety show.Other characters include:
Gary Wilde (R. Brandon Johnson): A handsome Narcissist of a host/producer of Shake It Up Chicago.
Georgia Jones (Anita Barone): CeCe and Flynn's single mother, who serves as a Fair Cop.
Dina Garcia (Ainsley Bailey): Deuce's girlfriend.
Henry Dillon (Buddy Handleson): Flynn's best friend.
Possibly in the DCLAU due to Teen Court appearing in a recent episode. Confirmed with the Crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie.Starting with the second season, Disney launched a related spin-off competition called Shake It Up: Make Your Mark. This is a competition program where various people or groups participate in competitive dancing, with the winners becoming guest dancers on a future episode of Shake It Up. The first competition accepted submissions throughout the summer of 2011 with the competition itself televised the weekend of October 18, 2011. The winners appeared at the beginning of the second season episode "Camp It Up". The second competition likewise accepted submissions over the summer of 2012, and aired on the weekend of October 19, 2012. Both shows are hosted by Debby Ryan and Roshon Fegan and also feature Bella Thorne and Zendaya; show choreographer Rosero McCoy also served as a judge for both competitions. Selena Gomez was also a judge for the first show (and returned in a cameo appearance for the second with Bridgit Mendler); Cher Lloyd was a member of the judge's panel for the second competition. R. Brandon Johnson was also a host for the first show (basically reprising his role as Gary Wilde as if actually hosting Shake It Up Chicago) but only Debby, Roshon, Bella and Zendaya returned as hosts for the second competition. The second competition also differed from the first in that instead of a winner being determined from six finalists, the field was narrowed to three finalists by the judges with viewer vote-in deciding the winner. The winners for the second competition appear in the episode "Home Alone It Up".With the lack of new episode orders from Disney Channel, the series aired its last episode on November 10, 2013.Now with its own Getting Crap Past The Radar page. (Considering Chris Thompson previously created The Naked Truth and Action, this isn't surprising...)
Shake It Up provides examples of:
Absentee Actor: Everybody in the main cast misses several episodes, with two exceptions (guess who they are).
Actor Allusion: When Cat Deeley guest stars as the Vice Principal in "Wild It Up", CeCe talks about being a dancer on Shake It Up Chicago, to which the Vice Principal responds with "so you think you can dance?"
Adorably Precocious Child: Flynn, who handwaves that he's "the only responsible person around here", and even got a model to like him, saying he's adorable, and Henry.
CeCe: So you did all this just to teach me a lesson? Mrs. Jones: No. We just thought it'd be fun! (she and the coach laugh) But the way you said it makes me sound like a better parent, so let's go with that!
Kristen Wibler is a classic example of this. She has her own minions and easily wipes the floor with Tinka in a fashion showdown, showing showoff such expensive and well coordinated items, that Rocky, CeCe and Tinka all vote her, twice.
Flynn: Oh yeah? Well I just killed a zombie, stole a bus, and spray painted the word booger on the side of a cop car.
In "Slumber It Up", CeCe says something to the effect of "we'll watch chick flicks, do makeovers, talk about boys & conjugate irregular verbs in Spanish!".
Artistic License - Geography: Some episodes are show as being at "Main" station on one of Chicago's elevated rapid transit lines. A "Main" station does exist on the Chicago L, but it's in Evanston, not Chicago itself.
Artistic License - Military: In "Boot It Up". at Major Dance's Boot Camp at least a couple obvious errors. While I doubt Major Dance is a real former Major in the Army, but in what world do you call a female officer "Sir?" I understand their Never leave a man behind motto, even though they're not men, or women, but girls. But calling a woman sir, is just as bad as calling R. Lee Ermey ma'am, (who is the Trope CodifierofDrill Sergeant Nasty and a one Real Life too, by the way). It just borders on dumb and discourteous to military customs. "Ma'am yes ma'am" probably sounded too strange or lame, while calling her sir makes her seem like a Badass, to them.
Some women do prefer being called sir for various reasons.
Also the training difficulty is insane for girls their age. It may be justified in that it is a punishment Boot camp and not Basic Training for entry into the armed forces, but still.
Ty: What happened in here? Flynn: Whimpering, begging, and I had to clean up after an accident (beat) and that was just Deuce. Ty: So where is that filthy animal? Flynn: He's in there giving the dog a bath.
Banned Episode and Bowdlerization: Following complaints from Demi Lovato, the episode "Party It Up" was pulled and later shown edited to remove lines that paint anorexia as a glamorous way to lose weight and not a crippling, psychological disease that both ruins your mind and body.
Beauty Contest: a children's beauty pageant is featured in "Glitz It Up". The girls range from Girly Girl Sally to Tomboy Eileen (who wanted to play baseball rather than wear a pretty dress and upon meeting Rocky, her first words are "Get me out of here!")
Bilingual Bonus: In "Weird It Up", Ty asks Deuce to be a translator for his date with a foreign exchange student that only speaks Spanish.
Broken Aesop: In one episode when Gunther learns to be cool and uses an American accent (which amounts to being obnoxious and acting like he came straight out of MTV) he has girls swooning over him. The aesop ends up being "be yourself" but that doesn't stop an unintended aesop of "act like everyone else and people will like you better" from appearing.
Butt Monkey: Flynn. Rocky and CeCe can also become this at times too.
Deuce also has his Butt Monkey moments.
Actually, every character takes a turn to be the Butt Monkey at times.
California Doubling: Made in Japan was filmed in the same studio the show's regular episodes are usually filmed in (along with the neighboring studio where Good Luck Charlie is filmed), with all establishing shots being stock footage.
And naturally, this applies to the show's Chicago setting too.
The girls dance at a train station with a sign that says Main St., 3600 N, 940 W. That would put the station just east of Wrigley Field, where a set of railroad tracks really exists, but there's no Main Street in Chicago.
Georgia Jones's ex-husband is played by Anita Barone's Real Life husband Matthew Glave,
The Cast Show Off: And how. Several of the stars have had a song featured somewhere in the show, beyond as a parody or gag (Bella, Zendaya and Caroline have songs that were featured during Shake It Up Chicago dance numbers, for example). And of course, the dancing is central to the show's very premise.
Celebrity Paradox: Between the two of them Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman have four songs that have been played on the show during dance numbers, yet no one in the Shake It Up universe wonders why CeCe and Rocky look like them. Could be explained by the fact that the singers of those songs are only heard and never seen, so there's no reason to believe anyone in-universe actually knows what they look like. Also, the song "Show Ya How" is by Adam and Kenton (Deuce and Gunther respectively) in "Protest It Up"
Like Bella and Zendaya, Caroline Sunshine (Tinka) has a song that has been played during a dance number (specifically during the opening Shake It Up Chicago segment in "Embarass It Up") but at least this one could be a "pass" as her singing voice isn't exactly identifiable as Tinka's.
Chained Heat: After CeCe spectacularly fails her audition, Rocky forces Gary to let her be on the show by stealing CeCe's mom's handcuffs, chaining herself to CeCe and dragging her onto the stage.
(Destiny, Flynn's crush, is twice his age) Ty: Whoa! Little dude, you left out one tiny detail about Destiny. Flynn: Didn't I mention she's blonde?
CeCe: She's a gold finger. Rocky: Digger. CeCe: No, I don't dig her. She's a user.
Commuting on a Bus: Kenton Duty who plays Gunther Hessenheffer has dropped down from main character status to recurring character status as of Season 3. There is a Written-In Absence in the season premiere as it is explained that Gunther has returned to his homeland to both care for his ailing grandmother and help squelch a revolution.
Compressed Vice: It is mentioned in exactly one episode that CeCe has dyslexia. It is never brought up again.
Coordinated Clothes: Gunther and Tinka are extravagant twins who often wear matching outfits, but not the same ones (e.g. Gunther's will sport a 'G' and Tinka's a 'T'). Gunther's outfits might be seen as slightly creepy.
In the second episode, the girls open bank accounts in order to manage their income as dancers on Shake It Up Chicago. Now wielding debit cards, they find it surprisingly easy to lose track of how much they've been spending, and find themselves holding a check they can't pay at an expensive Italian restaurant.
Although debit cards don't get overdrawn, they get declined due to insufficient funds.
Dawson Casting: In-universe example in the episode "Age It Up": "teen sensation" Justin Starr is really 24 and married (his wife goes on tour with him as his "manager"), and plays 16 to appeal to teenage girls. The show itself avoids this—none of the leads are in their twenties, with only Roshon Fegan (whose character is older than the rest anyway) being over 16. Ainsley Bailey who plays 14 year old Dina Garcia is 20 in real life.
The Danza: George Lopez as George Martinez, Deuce's father.
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: When Henry (CeCe's tutor) shows up with his clothes torn and multiple bruises, the audience's reaction is "aww." When it's revealed that his abuser is a girl, cue audience laugh track.
Downer Ending: "Party It Up". After Mrs. Jones forces Ty and Deuce to reveal CeCe and Rocky's whereabouts by making them drink lots of water and fill them with urine, she finds them at Gary Wilde's party, brings them home and grounds them for a month. In the last scene, the whole group is forced to clean up the kitchen of their apartment.
''Ty It Up", and while mileage varies since Ty becomes the new host and CeCe] and Tinka pass the audition. But Rocky isn't brought back to the show even though there was a spot for her since Ty becomes host instead of a regular background dancer.
Dramatic Spotlight: An interesting example in "Start It Up", in that the spotlight itself causes the drama (specifically, it effectively dazes Ce Ce, nearly disqualifying her from being on Shake It Up Chicago, at least until Rocky steps in).
Eek, a Mouse!!: In one episode, Deuce gets scared and jumps onto a chair when he sees a mouse, which Ce Ce's brother, Flynn, mocks him for.
CeCe is similar to Chelsea from That's So Raven, right down to the nearly-identical hair color. In the episode "Reunion It Up", Anneliese Van der Pol, who played Chelsea, guest-starred as CeCe's older Captain Ersatz.
Rocky & CeCe have also been compared to Carly & Sam, respectively.
And Tori and Cat, respectively (granted, Cat is a bit of an extreme exaggeration for a direct comparison to CeCe)
Fake Guest Star: For the first season, Caroline Sunshine as Tinka. She doesn't appear in the opening until Season 2, even though her character appeared in one episode more than Gunther.
Flanderization: CeCe goes from being an average student to a girl who doesn't know what Pittsburgh is in one episode.
Your mileage may very on this one. Flanderization takes at least a season to take effect. One episode is not nearly enough to develop a character's personality, and not much of the first episode was dedicated to developing personality anyway. Besides, the producers made the episodes long before they premiered, thus, having no idea that people would roar with laughter to her dumb moments.
Flirty Stepsiblings: CeCe and Logan give off these vibes, in a Belligerent Sexual Tension sort of way. Their parents end up calling off the wedding in the end; however, in the future-set episode, we learn that Logan and CeCe are married.
Heel Face Door Slam: In Love and War it Up, CeCe tries to be a better person for Logan, but after an accident involving CeCe during his badminton game, Logan doesn't buy her attempt at redemption. Of course, CeCe acted like a jerk towards Logan ever since he fired her for legitimate reasons, and this damaged their relationship beyond forgiveness and redemption.
Hollywood Genetics: Zendaya is biracial, but both Rocky's parents are dark skinned African-Americans.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episodes are titled as "(Plot Point) It Up", with the exceptions of "Shake It Up, Up And Away" (which, due to the Title Drop episode name, still has the words 'It' and 'Up'; however those two words aren't at the end of the episode name like all other episodes); the 90-minute special Shake It Up: Made In Japan; and the Series Finale "Remember Me," the only episode not to have "It Up" in the title at all.
Idiot Ball: Honestly, what made CeCe and Rocky think that they were going to sneak off to a party and not get caught by a person who catches rulebreakers for a living?
Imagine the Audience Naked: CeCe suggests this to Rocky at the audition so she's not intimidated by the other dancers. It backfires horribly when this produces some rather disturbing mental images.
It backfires again when CeCe comes down with Performance Anxiety and Rocky reminds her to do this. The only person CeCe can imagine naked is herself.
It Will Never Catch On: In the episode that tells us about Shake It Up Chicago's 1950's counterpart, the past equivalent of Flynn has a Running Gag where he suggests a modern-day convenience (e.g. the microwave, cell phones), and is regularly dismissed.
Loony Fan: Subverted in the episode "Copy Kat It Up", wherein a shy, socially-awkward girl named Kat seems to have a near-stalkerish obsession with the girls, especially CeCe. It turns out to be a Batman Gambit to get a spot dancing on the show.
And, according to "Future It Up", Ty and Tinka and Cece and Logan, though Ty and Tinka won't get together for 22 years and Cece and Logan won't until some time after the show ends.
Older Than She Looks: Georgia Jones is more than likely in her mid-to-late thirties considering CeCe's age. However Anita Barone is 48 years of age which is almost old enough to be Flynn's Grandma. And while she looks closer to 50 than 40 in the face, her body doesn't look older than 35.
Pardon My Klingon: In "Split It Up", upon hearing that Gary has chosen CeCe over her as Gunther's dance partner for a Wake Up Chicago appearance, Tinka rattles off a blue streak in her native tongue that Gunther declines to translate.
Performance Anxiety: CeCe suffers it in the Pilot episode, which is ironic since she was the most confident about the audition.
Playing Against Type: A behind-the-camera case, since the series was created by Chris Thompson - whose previous series (Bosom Buddies, The Naked Truth, Action) are as far away from standard Disney Channel fare as you can get. Especially the last one.
On the other hand perhaps the most famous show he's worked for is Laverne and Shirley. Would go far towards explaining the CeCe/Rocky dynamic.
Politically Correct History: The 1950's episode, where the multi-racial main cast co-exist quite peacefully and comfortably in and out of class in spite of the pre-Civil Rights Movement racial politics of the day.
Real Life Writes the Plot: A fire occurred at the Shake It Up Chicago! set in real life, so they incorporated that into the plot.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: CeCe gets the biggest one in "Oh Brother It Up", from Logan; You can't really argue with him when he calls CeCe out on her work ethic and attitude.
Recycled Set: In "Made In Japan", the Watanabe central mainframe room is CALLIE's main unit.
Rummage Sale Reject: Gunter and Tinka are never seen without these kind of clothes. At one point they wore burglar outfits that sparkled.
Running Gag: Flynn: Hello (long-winded description of Henry that includes mockery of Henry's nerdiness). Henry: Hello (equally long-winded description of Flynn that includes a derisive comment about his lack of intelligence).
Rocky and CeCe's occasional speaking in-sync.
"I'LL GET IT MOM!"
Ruritania: Wherever it is Gunther and Tinka are from.
And again in "Tunnel It Up" after she loses all of the ridiculous, extravagant outer layers of her dress. It's even lampshaded by Deuce.
Also, Eileen in "Glitz It Up".
Shipper on Deck: Rocky towards CeCe and Gunther in "Hot Mess It Up" as a way of teasing the former.
Rocky and CeCe towards Georgia and her ex-husband, and again with Georgia and Jeremy.
Ship Tease: In "Rock and Roll It Up" between Deuce and Rocky. Though it's their past selves. Also, CeCe/Gunther in "Reality Check It Up". From his point of view anyway.
What? Past Selves? Wow. It was Ace and Trudy. There was no Deuce and Rocky in the episode at all.
All the characters from the past are basically the present characters with different names. Edie is just like CeCe, Trudy is just like Rocky, Ace is a more suave Deuce, and Ty's character (forgot the name) is Ty. (In terms of being a ladies man, and the 'cool guy')
Not really, they are not the same people. They have nothing to do with the present characters. No Rocky and Deuce.
Of course they aren't the same people. Subverted is what it would be, especially since Rocky showed disinterest in Duece when it was mentioned in present day.
Although she was interested in Deuce's strangely identical cousin in "Surprise It Up", even accidentally kissing Deuce twice because she thought he was the cousin.
"Add It Up" teases a Ty/Tinka pairing. She Cleans Up Nicely, they end up dancing on an elevated train platform, and they both say they had a nice time and might go out again.
CeCe's list of things to do before she's 16 might itself be a Shout Out to 16 Wishes, a highly successful Disney Channel Original Movie of the time starring one of the cast from The Suite Life on Deck.
And again during the prison dance sequences in "Fire It Up", though it's only the instrumentals this time. More properly, it's a Shout Out to prison courtyard recreation of Michael Jackson's Thriller made popular on YouTube.
It also shows up in "Made in Japan" during the karaoke scene.
In "Stress It Up", Flynn and Deuce's favorite snack food Spongi Cakes is ceasing production, so they buy the last case of them in Chicago and plan to ration them for 'Spongi Cake worthy' moments. It crosses into radar territory when you realize this was almost the exact plot of the Seinfeld episode, "The Sponge" (which was about contraceptive devices instead of snack cakes).
In Future it Up the waitress Brenda looks like, and snarks like Max after 22 years.
Spit Take: Played for Laughs. In "Age It Up", both CeCe and Rocky hear something outrageous, pause for a second, take a swig of water, and do a spit take.
Status Quo Is God: Averted. After Shake It Up! Chicago was rebuilt, Gary Wilde is fired with Ty Blue as the new host, and Rocky is no longer a dancer on Shake It Up! Chicago.
Sudden School Uniform: in "Protest It Up". CeCe did nottake the news well. Gunther and Tinka, on the other hand, had over-the-top amounts of free time opened up by no longer coming up with over-the-top outfits on a daily basis.
Talent Contest: Averted - odd for a show that focuses so much on singing and dancing, there's yet to be an actual episode that truly follows the spirit of the trope (the closest two is in "Auction It Up", but that was almost strictly an endurance test, and the Beauty Pagent episode, though that was a straight-up beauty pagent). However, the Make Your MarkSpin-Off competition certainly counts as a Real Life example.
Too Soon: "Shake It Up, Up and Away" was originally scheduled to air on September 18, 2011, but had to be pulled at the last minute due to plane crashes at the Reno Air Show in Nevada. It was replaced with an airing of another new episode that and would air in October, though.
Trailers Always Lie: The trailers for "Quit It Up" show the ending scene of the Shake It Up! Chicago set, without giving anything about the actual episode with CeCe's new job.
Trash the Set: Occurs in the Season 3 premiere of the show when the girls return from their trip to Japan to find the Shake It Up, Chicago set has burned down. Not the whole building, as they were able to get in, just the main set.
Could lead to a Rebuilt Set since details about future episodes indicate only a temporary shutdown of Shake It Up, Chicago and possibly an hour-long special to mark the return of the Show Within a Show.
If there is a Rebuilt Set, it could have had something to do with the stage itself. Bella Thorne stated earlier this year, during a Radio Disney Takeover, that the dance stage is both way smaller than it appears on television and really slick making it really difficult/dangerous to dance on sometimes.
The Unfair Sex: Dina towards Deuce, frequently. For instance, slapping him for kissing Rocky when it was her plan.
Unlimited Wardrobe: Especially noticable with CeCe and Rocky and Tinka and Gunther, due to their wacky fashions, though other characters may qualify. Justified though, as that's what they spend their Shake It Up Chicago money on.