‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cast, Pairings Announced; Season Premieres March 18

This season’s dynamic lineup of stars — including a country music legend, a figure skating champion, a boxing dynamo, an Olympic Gold medalist and the youngest contestant to ever compete on the show – will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MARCH 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

As announced this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the 11 celebrities, with their professional partners, heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

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Sneak Peek: Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘Shake It Up!’ (Hi-Res Pix)

CARLY RAE JEPSEN, BELLA THORNE (DISNEY CHANNEL/ERIC MCCANDLESS)There’s no maybe about it, music sensation Carly Rae Jepsen is getting ready to ‘Shake It Up’ with Rocky and CeCe on the Disney Channel smash series.

Disney Channel has shared with us these hi-res stills from the episode titled ‘My Fair Librarian It Up’ which will premiere on Disney Channel at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Sunday, February 24. Click on either thumbnail to see it in its larger version.

ZENDAYA, CARLY RAE JEPSEN (DISNEY CHANNEL/ERIC MCCANDLESS)In the episode, which also guest stars Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro (who also directed it), CeCe and Rocky help Miss Burke (Banks) win over the heart of her crush, Mr. Zigfeld (Ribeiro), while Logan, Ty and Deuce help Flynn build a soapbox car. Carly Rae Jepsen will appear in the episode as herself.

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‘Disney Channel Holiday Playlist’ Tracklist Filled with Disney Channel Star Power

Disney Channel Holiday PlaylistAvailable to own on October 2, 2012, the new ‘Disney Channel Holiday Playlist’ is full of two things: holiday spirit and Disney Channel star power. From the stars of favorites such as ‘Shake It Up,’ ‘A.N.T. Farm,’ ‘Good Luck Charlie,’ ‘Austin & Ally’ and more, this album is sure to bring holiday cheer to any young fan. And now thanks to Amazon.com, we get a full track list of who’s performing on the album and what they’re singing:

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‘Shake It Up: Made in Japan’ To Premiere August 17 on Disney Channel

Rocky and CeCe win a trip to Japan to be part of a dance video game production and the world famous Blue Man Group performs in a madcap “Shake It Up” event that’s infused with Tokyo teen fashion and “J-Pop” music. “Shake It Up: Made In Japan” premieres Friday, August 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Zendaya and Bella Thorne perform three new original songs in the storyline: “Made In Japan,” “The Same Heart” and “Fashion is My Kryptonite.” The latter song will premiere on Radio Disney during a “Take Over” with Bella Thorne and Zendaya on Friday, July 20. Their music video for the song, guest starring Cat Deeley, will premiere on Disney Channel in August.

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Disney Friends for Change Names Inaugural Ambassadors; $750K to be Donated

Disney Friends for Change AmbassadorsDisney Friends for Change, a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities, today announced that Disney Channel stars Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”), and Ross Lynch and Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) will serve as Friends for Change Ambassadors, encouraging kids and families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities, and the planet.

In collaboration with select non-profit organizations, Disney Friends for Change Ambassadors will lead campaigns to engage millions of kids to take action and volunteer. Each nonprofit will receive a Disney Friends for Change grant to further the reach and impact of the themed campaign. In total, $750,000 will be awarded to the following three efforts:

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‘Make Your Mark: Shake It Up’ Contest Kicks Off; Rocky and CeCe to Join Club Penguin

Kids and tweens will once again have the opportunity to shake it up and break it down with the return of Disney Channel’s popular dance competition “Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off.” Last year, more than 12 million viewers watched the two-night finale event, skyrocketing it to #1 among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 for both nights. This year, kids once again will have the opportunity to compete for the Grand Prize – a performance in an episode of Disney Channel’s top-rated series “Shake It Up.”

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Bella Thorne, Zendaya to Meet and Greet with Fans at Disneyland Resort

'Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance'In honor of the release of ‘Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance’ soundtrack, featuring music from the hit Disney Channel show, ‘Shake It Up,’ stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya will be offering the opportunity for fans to attend a signing being held at Studio Disney 365 in the Downtown Disney District of the Disneyland Resort  on March 24.

The event will being at noon at which point Bella and Zendaya will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Radio Disney’s own Jake Whetter. The signing portion will take place beginning at 1 pm.

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‘Shake It Up’ Dancewear by ivivva athletica Now Available

Lovely Layers ensemble - Shrug it Up Shrug ($46), Keep Ur Cool Racer ($34), Rhythmic Short ($36)

ivivva athletica, lululemon athletica’s dance apparel brand for girls, announced the launch of a new dancewear collection for girls in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products. The ‘Shake It Up’ collection is inspired by the hit Disney Channel series featuring the adventures of Cece Jones and Rocky Blue.

‘”Shake It Up” and its main characters served as the perfect inspiration for our new clothing line,’ said Jennie Lam, lead designer for ivivva athletica. ‘So many girls dream of becoming professional dancers and are inspired by Cece and Rocky. We are so excited to have a line of dancewear that incorporates their passion for dance and the vibrancy of their personalities. The “Shake It Up” line strikes the right balance between functionality and spirit and meets the needs and desires of girls who want to dance and move in style.’

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‘Make Your Mark: “Shake It Up” Edition Premieres October 14 on Disney Channel

Nearly 30,000 dance videos were submitted and now six talented finalists age 10-16 have been selected to showcase their dance moves for millions of viewers and celebrity judges, Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), recording artist Sean Kingston and “Shake It Up” choreographer Rosero McCoy, in Disney Channel’s first-ever talent competition exclusively for kids and tweens, “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – ‘Shake It Up’ Edition,” premiering Friday, October 14 at 8:30 pm ET/PT. The grand prize is a “Spotlight Dance” on an upcoming episode of “Shake It Up,” which through its first 21 original episodes, is pacing to be cable TV’s #1 series of all time among Tweens 9-14. The dance off competition telecast will be hosted by Debby Ryan (Disney Channel’s “Jessie”), Roshon Fegan and R. Brandon Johnson (both of “Shake It Up”), with special guest appearances by Bella Thorne and Zendaya (both of “Shake It Up”).

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D23 Expo: ‘Shake It Up’ Panel and Fashion Show Exclusive Photos and Performance Video

IMG_6171 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.

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