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We had the chance to speak with Shake It Up
leads Bella Thorne and Zendaya about their characters and find out what makes them, want to dance!
Shake it Up,
which airs on Family Channel
every Friday at 6 p.m. (ET/PT), follows the adventures and misadventures of Cece Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zedaya Coleman), two best friends who land spots as background dancers on a local television show.
"Rocky is the goody two-shoe who never misses a day of school, always has great grades, she’s one of those weird kids who can’t wait for tests," says Zendaya who plays the school-loving dancer. " She's a perfectionist, but at the same time, she’s always there for her friends. She'll never let her best friend down, no matter how much she knows she’ll get in trouble, and I love that about her."
Meanwhile, there's CeCe, the spunky redhead who is constantly getting into trouble. According to Bella, there are a few similarities between herself and the character she portrays on the show.
"We can both be a little ditzy and maybe not come up with the best ideas, but you know we have the right heart."
And having the right heart (and head) is what the two needed for a show like Shake It Up. The tween series asks the girls to not only act, but dance (and occasionally sing!). For Zendaya, dancing wasn't something new.
"I started dancing when I was eight years old, in a hip hop dance troupe in my hometown, and I also did a bit of hula [dancing]," she says. You'll never guess it from the show, but co-star Bella never danced before landing a leading role in the series.
"You know in the beginning it was really difficult because I wasn’t getting it, I wasn’t good at dancing," she recalls. "I had two left feet, it was really embarrassing."
But she kept on pushing forward, taking classes every day for six months. Now, she says, being on set is such a blast, especially having a great choreographer.
"[Rosero McCoy]'s been really great, he taught me how to dance and you know, he’s always believed in me and told me I can do it and I don’t think I could have done it without him."
And for those of you in the beginning stages of learning how to dance, Bella has some words of advice.
"Don’t expect to get it in the first try," she says, learning from her own experience. "I know I expected to get it in the first try and it was a big letdown. As long as you work hard, even though the beginning is going to be a little rough, you’ll get there so you have to keep pushing through and make sure that you keep practicing."
So then what these girls want to dance? For Bella, it's definitely the music while Zendaya says its not only a way to express herself, but it can help bring people together. .
"It’s a universal language, whether you’re just nodding your head it’s still a form of dancing, and I feel llike it’s something everyone can relate to and understand. It brings people together in ways that you wouldn’t think possible."
You can catch the girls' awesome dance moves tonight when Shake It Up: Made in Japan premieres on Family Channel at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Leading up to the episode are four back-to-back episodes of Shake It Up starting at 6 p.m. Make sure to tune in!