EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel has ordered a third season of hit dance-driven buddy comedy Shake It Up. Following its premiere in November 2010, Shake It Up ranked as the No. 1 series of 2011 among tweens 9-14, and for second quarter 2012-to-date, it is the No. 1 TV series among kids 2-11 (2.0 million/4.9 rating) and kids 6-11 (1.6 million/6.7 rating). The series inspired Disney Channel’s first-ever talent competition for kids and tweens, Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off – Shake It Up Edition, a successful soundtrack and merchandizing line.
Shake It Up, executive produced by Rob Lotterstein and Eileen Conn, stars Zendaya and Bella Thorne as best friends Rocky Blue and CeCe Jones, who are living their dreams as dancers on the hit show Shake It Up, Chicago! New episodes air Sunday at 8:30 PM. Coming this summer is Shake It Up: Made In Japan, a 90-minute special in which the gang will head to Tokyo after Rocky and CeCe win a chance to star in a dance video game. A sneak peek of the special will air during the Disney Channel original movie Let It Shine on June 15.