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:
- Flynn Jones (Davis Cleveland): CeCe's Annoying Younger Sibling who has an appetite for bacon.
- Ty Blue (Roshon Fegan): Rocky's older brother, who is himself a skilled dancer. He's also an aspiring rapper, and fancies himself a ladies' man.
- Martin "Deuce" Martinez (Adam Irigoyen): CeCe and Rocky's long-time friend who is known for his "connections" and his questionable schemes to make a buck.
- Gunther and Tinka Hessenheffer (Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine): A pair of fraternal twins from an indeterminate European country who have been foreign exchange students since the first grade, and also dance on the show. Depending on their mood, they can be either friends or enemies toward the girls.
- 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
, 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).
- Accidental Misnaming: Gary Wilde sometimes has trouble remembering the names of his dancers.
- 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.
- An Aesop: Subverted:
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
- Affectionate Nickname: Ty calls Flynn "Little Noun", i.e. "Little Dude" or "Little Man".
- All Just a Dream: The alien subplot in "Beam It Up".
- Alpha Bitch: Candy Cho gives off this vibe.
- Gunther and Tinka subvert this: they act like Alpha Bitches to Rocky and CeCe, but given their Funny Foreigner/Cloudcuckoolander status, they're anything but.
- 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.
- Always Someone Better: The dancers of Shake It Up Pittsburgh.
- Ambiguously Brown: Rocky and Ty (both Zendaya and Roshon Fegan are mixed-race), at least until "Heat It Up". Their mother is shown to be black and their father appears to be mixed race.
- Ambiguously Bi/Camp Straight:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Flynn.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Oh, Flynn and his video games.
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 Codifier of Drill 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.
- Awesome McCoolname:
- Deuce Martinez.
- Gary Wilde is another example.
- Real Life/Behind the scenes examples: Zendaya is at least arguably a pretty cool name. Caroline Sunshine definitely fits this trope (and yes, that's her actual birth name).
- Rocky Blue.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison: When Flynn is dog-sitting:
What happened in here? Flynn:
Whimpering, begging, and I had to clean up after an accident (beat
) and that was just Deuce
So where is that filthy animal? Flynn:
He's in there giving the dog a bath.
- 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.
- Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Parodied in "Apply It Up":
CeCe: Bill for Mom. Bill for me that I'll give to Mom. Catalog for Mom that I'll take for me.
- Black and Nerdy: Rocky.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Tinka, Rocky, and CeCe respectively.
- Blondes Are Evil: Gunther and Tinka.
- 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.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Tinka had to let Gunther know that they wouldn't grow old and get married. Cue Gunther looking depressed.
- Butt Monkey: 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.
- Call Back: "Hello, Bay-BEE!"
- Camp Gay: The famous choreographer Theodore Vainglorious in the episode "Double Pegasus It Up".
Gunther: I'm Gunther!
Tinka: And I'm Tinka!
Together: And we are THE HESSENHEFFERS!
- Parodied from time to time. Others would introduce themselves in that manner, finishing with, "and we are STAYING!" or "and you are UNEMPLOYED!"
- Also Flynn's shout when he answers the door:
Flynn: I'll get it, Mom!
- The shout is subverted in "Vatalihootsit It Up", when he screams it as the phone rings, it's his mom on the line.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Rocky.
- Casting Gag: Bella Thorne, like CeCe, is dyslexic.
- Zendaya, like Rocky, is vegetarian.
- Georgia Jones's ex-husband is played by Anita Barone's Real Life husband Matthew Glave,
- Leo Howard played a character called Logan in an independent movie prior to joining Shake It Up.
- Olivia Holt played young Georgia, who almost became Logan's stepmother.
- 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.
- Celeb Crush: The two leads are implied to have one on Taylor Lautner.
- 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.
- Characterization Marches On: Gunther and Tinka went from being the Alpha Bitch Funny Foreigner couple to just the Funny Foreigner couple...sometimes. Moreover, Flynn went from being just a prankster to actually showing a surprising amount of intelligence and even maturity, almost as if Rocky is starting to rub off on him.
- Child Prodigy: Henry.
- Christmas Episode: "Jingle It Up" and "Merry Merry It Up".
- Cloudcuckooland: Gunther and Tinka's homeland. Lampshaded when Rocky and CeCe meet their family:
Rocky: Ohmigosh, Gunther and Tinka are the normal ones.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gunther and Tinka are the most obvious examples, but CeCe has her moments, especially when she tries to concoct a Zany Scheme.
- Clown Car Base: Ty's "Man-cave".
- Comically Missing the Point:
(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?
- 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.
- Credit Card Plot:
- 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.
- Crossover: With Good Luck Charlie, entitled "Charlie Shakes It Up".
- Cute Witch: CeCe's costume in "Beam It Up".
- 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.
- Defying The Censors: In "Give It Up", Mrs. Loccasio mentions that she used to dance as a Vegas showgirl in her birthday suit.
- Diagonal Billing: Even In-Universe the two can't determine who is the sidekick and they seem to have equal screen time and plots centered around each of them.
- Disappeared Dad: The only thing we know about CeCe's dad is he isn't there.
- Now we know that her mom and dad are divorced.
- Rocky's dad has gone overseas, joining Doctors Without Borders.
- Potentially starting with "Apply It Up" it's now implied that Rocky's dad is staying with the family again.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Averted. Selena Gomez sings the theme song but so far hasn't appeared in the show itself. But Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman do sing the song "Watch Me" which has been played a few times during the Shake It Up Chicago dance numbers. Zendaya Coleman also sings "Something To Dance For" in "Apply It Up". Bella Thorne also sings "TTYLXOX" in "Judge It Up".
- 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.
- "Show It Up", which is also a The Bad Guy Wins ending.
- ''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.
- Enfant Terrible: Gunther and Tinka's cousin, Klaus.
- Embarrassing First Name: Cecilia and Raquel are not particularly fond of their first names. It doesn't help that one always laughs upon hearing the other's real name.
- Enter Stage Window: CeCe and Rocky live in the same apartment building. As such, Rocky usually enters via the fire escape.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Danika in "Embarrass It Up". Seriously. Rocky and CeCe chase after her after she insulted them both.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: In "Hot Mess It Up", Deuce, Flynn, and Ty host an internet show called "Zombie Talk". This is later transformed into "Zombie Idol".
- Expy: Word of God has it that Gunther and Tinka were inspired by Ryan and Sharpay Evans. Right down to the Brother-Sister Incest.
- An Ambiguously Gay (aside from said sister incest) guy. However, unlike Sharpay, Tinka isn't an Alpha Bitch (in fact, her status as a Funny Foreigner makes her a target for real Alpha Bitches). That gets to Gunther... a bit.
- Tinka comes off very strongly as a somewhat meaner version of Yuka.
- Flynn is very similar to Gabe Duncan from Good Luck Charlie, as are Henry and Austin. And he also resembles Matt McGuire from Lizzie McGuire.
- 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)
- Justin Starr.
- Fair Cop: CeCe's police officer mom Georgia.
- 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.
- Funny Foreigner: Gunther and Tinka.
- Friendly Enemy: Gunther and Tinka to Rocky and CeCe.
CeCe: We're frenemies, right? And the first part of that is "friends."
Tinka: And the last part is "enemies."
- "Friends" Rent Control
- G-Rated Drug: Energy drinks. Rocky lampshades this by comparing it to steroid use and painting a slippery slope picture of what will happen to her and CeCe if they resort to them.
- Generation Xerox: From "Future It Up", Cece's son with Logan, L.J. looks almost exactly like Flynn.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Now with its own page.
- Halloween Episode: "Beam It Up".
- Handshake Substitute: CeCe and Rocky do a slap swear instead of a Pinky Swear.
- Handsome Lech: Gary Wilde, using lines such as:
Gary: You have the right to remain foxy!
- 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.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Gunther and Tinka.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: CeCe and Rocky, who do absolutely everything together, and have the same hopes and dreams. Reinforced by Rocky's refusal to be on the show if CeCe can't be on.
- 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.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Deuce and Flynn's jokes during the talent show.
- Ty, Flynn & Danika also use these in "Embarrass It Up".
- Informed Ability: CeCe's matchmaking skills. It's only brought up in one episode, and the match in that episode didn't hold up so well.
- Ironic Echo: At least once an episode.
- 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.
- Jerkass Dissonance: Invoked In-Universe by Gunther and Tinka towards the Bulldogs' cheerleaders:
Gunther: I know they're calling us losers, but they do it in such an entertaining way that it's infectious!
- Jerkass Has a Point: Inverted in "Oh Brother It Up". In this case, Cece is the jerk, while Logan points out CeCe's unacceptable behavior.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: CeCe Jones.
- Large Ham: From the pageant episode, when Ilene wins.
Ilene: I wish all the little girls could feel as pretty as I do!
- Gunther and Tinka have their moments of this too.
- As does Flynn.
- Ty certainly does.
- L Is for Dyslexia: CeCe has it. So does Bella Thorne.
- Little Boy Seeks Big Girl: Flynn towards Destinynote in one episode.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The first Disney Kid Com to have more than six main characters (at least until Kenton Duty left).
- Local Hangout: Crusty's Pizza Shop, as of Season 2.
- 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.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Gunther and Tinka simultaneously live up to and subvert this trope (specifically the "Alpha Bitch" part).
- Malaproper: In "Hook It Up", Gary is seen consistently using incorrect names for everyone he talks to:
- Manipulative Editing: In "Reality Check It Up". Makes sense since the episode was about a Reality Show.
- Matchmaker Crush: Subverted. Deuce thinks CeCe, who is trying to find a girl to go out with him, has a crush on him. She denies it, but later wonders why he was "turned off" by her.
- Meaningful Name: The nickname Deuce doesn't make much sense until his real name is revealed to be Martin Martinez.
- The Merch: Mainly CDs, apparel & novelizations of specific episodes.
- Modesty Shorts: Rocky wore this at least once. She wore biker shorts during a spotlight dance in "Copy Kat It Up", and for good reason since the skirt spent almost as much time up as it did down.
- Mr. Fanservice: Ty Blue and Deuce.
- Ms. Fanservice: CeCe & Rocky can be seen as this, through use of Painted-On Pants and She's Got Legs, respectively.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Debit cards, debit cards, debit cards.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Gary Wilde to Ryan Seacrest.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Gunther, sort of.
Gary (and later, CeCe): Stop reading my e-mails.
- Official Couple: Deuce and Dina.
- 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.
- One Steve Limit: Invoked in-universe.
Flynn: Who is it?
Flynn: Deuce who?
Deuce: How many Deuces do you know?
- OOC Is Serious Business: In "Apply It Up", when Flynn begins the Running Gag mentioned below, Henry simply responds "Hi Flynn", which prompts the following response:
Flynn: What? "Hi Flynn?" Where's the insult? Where's the big words I'll have to look up after you leave?
- Opposites Attract: Logan and Cece will get married and have a kid some time in the next 22 years, according to "Future It Up".
- Pac Man Fever: A Bland-Name Product Modern Warfare that plays on Nintendo64, a system older than most of the cast. Bonus points for playing it with wireless PlayStation controllers.
- Painted-On Pants: CeCe seems to like these.
- 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.
- Pilot: "Start It Up".
- 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.
- Refuge in Audacity: CeCe at the beginning of "Meatball It Up".
- 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.
- Sassy Black Woman: Rocky's mom, and Rocky when she gets mad (though Rocky's brown, not black).
CeCe: You know, you scare me when you move your head like that!
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Tinka, when she goes on her date with Ty in "Add It Up".
- 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.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Surprisingly and regularly Averted as John Hughes High School is a prominent setting.
- Shout-Out: In the episode where CeCe's mom and Coach go out, we get this:
I was babysitting my niece this weekend, and she begged
me to turn on her favorite show. Guess what it was. CeCe: Wizards Of
... Coach: Shake It Up Chicago
- According to Gunther, the twelfth thing on CeCe's list of things to do before she's 16 is to have werewolves and vampires fight over her.
- 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.
- The girls attend John Hughes Junior High, home of the Bulldogs.
- CeCe often uses Hannah Montana's "Ya think?" Catchphrase.
- "Calling All The Monsters" plays in "Beam It Up"'s dance number, and an instrumental version is used in "Fire It Up".
- 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.
- The episode "Home Alone It Up".
- 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.
- Show Within a Show:
- Shake It Up Chicago.
- Teen Court.
- True Teen Life.
- Shown Their Work: Rocky's quip about shrimp from "Party It Up" is accurate - those aren't veins.
- Silent Snarker: Rocky, especially when Ty brags.
- When CeCe is lying to her gym coach about her injured leg, we see reaction shots of Rocky scoffing and rolling her eyes.
- Slippery Slope Fallacy: Rocky commits this fallacy once in "Start It Up", regarding energy drinks. She does this again in "Wild It Up", regarding cutting class.
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Rocky Blue is particularly adamant that everyone likes her, and spends an entire episode trying to win the favor of the cantankerous old witch Mrs. Locassio.
- Spiritual Successor: To Hannah Montana and, to a degree, Sonny With A Chance. Zendaya Coleman has even said the similarities to Hannah are intentional.
- 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: The entire 3rd season ran this way. Shake It Up! Chicago burns down. A few episodes later, it was rebuilt. However, Gary Wilde is fired with Ty Blue as the new host, and Rocky is no longer a dancer. A few episodes later, both Gary and Rocky return to their respected positions on the show. There was even a marriage storyarch involving Georgia Jones but even that didn't go anywhere.
- Sudden School Uniform: in "Protest It Up". CeCe did not take 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.
- Take That: Against Child Beauty Pagents.
- 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 Mark Spin-Off competition certainly counts as a Real Life example.
- Thematic Theme Tune: "Shake It Up" sung by Disney Channel veteran Selena Gomez.
- Token White: CeCe among her circle of friends.
- Subverted backstage: Bella Thorne is actually Latina! CeCe is meant to be Caucasian, though.
- Tomboy: Eileen in "Glitz It Up".
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: According to Bella Thorne, CeCe and Rocky, respectively. However, recent episodes tend to have them randomly swap these roles, Depending on the Writer.
- Tomboyish Name: Rocky. Just her name, thank you. Mostly.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Tinka, after Gunther left. Now she has become best friends with Rocky and CeCe.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Flynn and his bacon. At the end of the pilot, he comes home with several pounds of it.
- 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.
- TV Never Lies
Flynn: Excuse me, it was on the internet. It must be true.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Often divided by gender, although Gunther could be used in 1either one.
- 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.
- Very Special Episode: "Add It Up", where we find out that CeCe has dyslexia (as does Bella Thorne in real life).
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: CeCe is particularly fond of the Union Jack, and wears it on everything from jackets to karate uniforms.
- What Are Records?: Flynn doesn't know what a jukebox is. When told it's a machine that plays records, he asks what records are. When told that they're like CD's, he doesn't know what those are either.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Gunther and Tinka.
- Will They or Won't They?: Ty and Tinka after "Add It Up".
- Worldof Snark: Because pretty much everyone on the show is a Deadpan Snarker.
- The Windy City
- With Friends Like These...: Henry/Flynn. Flynn mocks Henry for being an Insufferable Genius; Henry makes fun of Flynn for being a Ridiculously Average Guy.
Henry: Mock me now, but when I invent time travel, I'm going to come back and slap you.
- X Meets Y: Think Hannah Montana meets iCarly and you've got the picture.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: "Merry Merry It Up".
- Young Entrepreneur: Deuce, who sells everything from defective watches to counterfeit Lady Gaga tickets. Dina fits in this trope as well.