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.
To attend the signing, guests must first purchase either a ‘Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance’ CD or ‘Shake it Up’ tee shirt at Studio Disney 365 beginning at 8 am that day. Each guest may purchase up to two CDs, but will receive a maximum of one voucher to return for the signing, at which point two purchased items can be signed (no personal items from home will be allowed). Only 200 vouchers will be distributed on a first buy, first served basis.
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.’
Influenced by Rocky and Cece’s spirit and energy, the ‘Shake It Up’ line features fun yet functional gear for active girls. From legwarmers and shorts to jackets and headbands, the collection offers an assortment of athletic apparel and accessories made from technical fabrics in exciting styles and colors.
ivivva athletica was created based on extensive feedback from lululemon guests who wanted dance specific products for a younger age group using similar signature fabrics, technical design features and exciting colors for which lululemon is known. ivivva products are designed for athletic pursuits such as dance and gymnastics, as well as for all-day versatility.
The ‘Shake It Up’ line is currently available online at http://www.ivivva.com. New ‘Shake It Up’ inspired dancewear will also be created by ivivva for Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Winter 2012.
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”).
The winning dancer or dance team will be determined by online and text votes and revealed during the results show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT), a telecast highlighted by a musical performance from China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”). Following the October 14 telecast, viewers will have two hours to vote for their favorite finalist at www.DisneyChannel.com/MakeYourMark, or by texting their vote to DISNEY following the Ultimate Dance Off. Viewers can vote up to five times online and five times by text.
For the Ultimate Dance Off performance, the six finalists will work with some of the entertainment industry’s top choreographers: Nick Florez (Katy Perry videos and concert tours), Fatima Robinson (Black Eyed Peas choreographer and creative director), Gil Duldulao (Janet Jackson’s choreographer), Jimaica Craft (Ne-Yo’s videos), Ivan Koumaev (Jason Derulo’s choreographer) and Marty Kudelka (Joe Jonas’s choreographer).
The finalists include 12-year-old Arjang from California; 12-year-old Jade from Illinois; 13-year-old Amir from Virginia; 13-year-old Christine and 15-year-old June Ann from New Jersey; 16-year-old Casey from Washington and 16-year-old Samantha from California; and AKsquared – 12-year-old Arielle, 12-year-old Alyssa, 14-year-old Kailey and 10-year-old Kalani from Arizona.
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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D23 Expo: ‘Shake It Up’ Event to Feature Disney Fashion Show; Attendees Asked to Donate New Clothing
Tween girls won’t want to miss the fashion event of the year — the Disney Fashion Show at D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, featuring new back-to-school and fall fashions plus holiday looks, and a sneak preview of spring 2012 styles. Celebrity guests from Disney Channel’s hit buddy comedy series Shake It Up will make a special appearance including Bella Thorne (CeCe); Zendaya (Rocky); Adam Irigoyen (Deuce Martinez); Davis Cleveland (Flynn); Kenton Duty (Gunther); Roshon Fegan (Ty); Caroline Sunshine (Tinka) and R. Brandon Johnson (Gary Wilde). For fans who can’t attend the Expo, Disney Consumer Products is collaborating with Stardoll.com, the largest tween site for girls who love fashion, to stream the event live online and host a virtual boutique at the Disney Fashion Lounge. The fashion magic happens Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. PDT in the D23 Expo Arena or on Stardoll.com.
The Disney Fashion Show will feature fashion-forward, dance-ready styles inspired by various Disney Channel characters including CeCe and Rocky from Shake It Up. Fashion collections showcased on the runway will include: D-Signed’s Shake It Up line available at Target stores nationwide and Target.com; stylish Shake it Up-inspired footwear available at Payless ShoeSource stores nationwide and Payless.com; plus chic athletic clothes from ivivva athletica coming this spring to ivivva.com.
Clips from the fashion show, as well as exclusive video interviews and backstage features, will be posted on Disney.com/fashionlounge starting Sept. 12, with new videos added throughout 2011. Stardoll.com will also host an online Disney Fashion Lounge where tweens can interact with virtual avatars of CeCe or Rocky and dress them in clothing from the fashion show plus virtually decorate their personal suites. The Disney Fashion Lounge will be refreshed regularly to feature new collections seasonally highlighting the most current Disney Channel-inspired styles available at retail.
“Fans of all ages will experience the fun and energy of the new tween fashion lines at our Disney Fashion Show at the D23 Expo, and through the power of the Internet, millions of fans at home can share in the excitement by viewing it online in real-time,” said Stephen Teglas, vice president and general manager, Fashion & Home, Disney Consumer Products. “With more than 25 million registered Stardoll.com users in the United States, our collaboration with the site gives young fans an unprecedented opportunity to experience fashion in an interactive and creative way. It fits perfectly with our collection’s emphasis on mixing and matching and self-expression.”
“This innovative collaboration gives our Stardoll users and Disney’s fan base an opportunity to engage with Disney fashions virtually,” said Chris Yates, VP of Sales at Stardoll Media. “It bridges the gap between the online experience and offline reality for tens of millions of our fashion-savvy fans.”
Guests attending the Disney Fashion Show at D23 Expo are encouraged to give back by donating a new piece of clothing for Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, which provides relief to families in need, as well as survivors. Expo attendees can drop off their donation throughout the weekend at the Fashion Delivers drums located inside the Disney Living Pavilion on the show floor.
Sponsors of Disney’s Fashion Show include Target, Payless and ivivva athletica.