The constant screams in the D23 Expo Arena stemming from hundreds of fans was the only Expo schedule you needed to know that they would soon be entertained by the stars of one of the most successful tv series in Disney Channel history, ‘Shake It Up.’
The event first kicked off, however, with a fashion show highlighting the current Target-exclusive D-Signed collection, inspired by the show’s lead characters, CeCe and Rocky, played by Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman.
Following the fashion show, which was attended by Bella and Zendaya, came the panel itself, moderated by Radio Disney’s own, Ernie D. For the panel, Bella and Zendaya were also joined by Davis Cleveland (Flynn), Roshan Fegan (Ty), Adam Irigoyen (Deuce), Kenton Duty (Gunther) and Caroline Sunshine (Tinka).
With a brief Q&A session which talked about pranks on the set and the cast’s individual experiences with the audition process, the floor was opened to a few questions from the audience. We also learned that there would be a one hour episode in the second season (airing September 18) which promised some amazing things, as well as some hints about what will happen in the second season, such as new potential relationships for both Rocky and CeCe and that Roshan’s character, Ty, will begin rapping. One highlight in particular from the session was Zendaya and Bella sharing their secret handshake which seemed like it took several minutes to execute.
The cast then took a break as the audience was treated to the upcoming Halloween episode of ‘Shake It Up’ which guest stars Atticus Shaffer, best known as Brick on ABC’s ‘The Middle.’ While Atticus’ character has a scary secret to share with candy guru Flynn, Rocky and CeCe receive a couple of tricks of their own when they meet a couple of boys at a Halloween party.
After the advanced screening of the episode, the cast returned to perform the dance number they had been rehearsing hours upon hours for, exclusively for the Disney D23 Expo presentation and, as you can see for yourself, it was all worth it. The show’s choreographer even came out after the performance and taught part of the dance to the fans.
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