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  • Acting for Two:
    • Adam Irigoyen in "Surprise It Up" plays Deuce and his cousin Harrison.
    • Davis Cleveland plays LJ in "Future it Up."
  • 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?"
    • CeCe has dyslexia just like her actress, and it was used as a plot point.
    • Zendaya Coleman is a vegetarian and so is her character. Also, she's been dancing since she was a kid, the same age as Rocky.
      • Averted when she's offered a modeling job. Bella Thorne is a model.
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    • Logan is an example twice! Leo Howard played the title character in an independent movie called Logan before he was cast in Shake It Up. Additionally, Logan was almost going to be Georgia's stepson. When you think about who portrayed young Georgia in "My Bitter Sweet 16 It Up," this becomes very awkward. Also Hilarious in Hindsight given that Olivia Holt and the name "Logan" would come together again in 2014.
      • Additionally, Ty and Logan's "frenemy" relationship may remind viewers of Jack and Smooth from the "All The Wrong Moves" episode of Kickin' It.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Deuce, Adam Irigoyen is of Cuban descent.note 
  • Adored by the Network: Shake it Up: Make Your Mark is arguably the end result of this.
  • Author Existence Failure: This was Chris Thompson's final TV series created before his death on June 26, 2015.
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  • Banned Episode: Following complaints from Demi Lovato, the episode "Party It Up" was pulled and later shown edited to remove lines ("I could just eat you guys up!...Well, if I ate.") that paint anorexia as a glamorous way to lose weight and not a crippling, psychological disease that both ruins your mind and body.
  • 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.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Bella Thorne, like CeCe, is dyslexic.
    • Zendaya, like Rocky, is vegetarian. This has become a standard for any of Zendaya's characters ever since.
    • Georgia Jones's ex-husband is played by Anita Barone's Real Life husband Matthew Glave,
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    • 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.
  • Creator's Apathy: Bella Thorne has stated in interviews that she never wanted any part of the show nor to become a Disney actress, but her parents forced her to audition because they were financially struggling at the time.
  • The Danza: George Lopez as George Martinez, Deuce's father.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Roshon Fegan (Ty) is 21 years old and is playing a high schooler.
    • Ainsley Bailey who plays the 15 year old Dina is actually 21.
  • Dueling Shows: With Nickelodeon's Victorious and Big Time Rush.
  • The Merch: Mainly CDs, apparel & novelizations of specific episodes.
  • Missing Episode:
    • "Party It Up", after the Disney Channel pulled it out of rotation after Demi Lovato called the show out on Twitter for a joke in the episode ("I could just eat you guys up!...Well, if I ate.") ridiculing anorexic models. The episode is back on the air, but said joke is deleted.
    • "Shake It Up, Up and Away" went temporarily missing even before it aired (see Too Soon), but eventually premiered a month late.
  • Name's the Same: CeCe doesn't have/use Geass. Nor is she affiliated with a Texas-based pizza buffet.
  • Old Shame: For Bella Thorne, as stated above.
  • 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 & Shirley. Would go far towards explaining the CeCe/Rocky dynamic.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: In "Surprise it Up", Adam Irigoyen plays his twin cousin Harrison.
  • Recycled Set: In "Made In Japan", the Watanabe central mainframe room is CALLIE's main unit.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Amber is Sally van Buren, a mean little pageant girl.
    • Flynn's precocious friend Henry grows up to become a football player.
    • Dylan, an older guy Ce Ce crushes on in one episode, goes on to portray Hairspray Live's Link Larkin.
  • Screwed by the Network: A lot of people are outright flabbergasted as to why Disney Channel would cancel (or more specifically, fail to order new episodes, with the same effect) one of their highest-rated shows on the network. No official reason has ever been given, but the most believable rumors include Disney Channel felt the show was becoming too expensive and/or simply wanted to move onto new material that would better hold the "next wave" of viewers.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: The role of Tinka Hessenheffer was originally offered to Stefanie Scott (and the pilot was filmed with her) but she ultimately decided to take an offer from A.N.T. Farm instead.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here you go.
  • Word of God: According to Bella Thorne, during a Radio Disney Takeover prior to the third season premiere, the dance stage is both way smaller than it appears on television and really slick making it really difficult/dangerous to dance on sometimes. Thus, it was rebuilt differently in the middle of the third season, with more space so the cast has extra room to dance.


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