"Start It Up" is the re-filmed pilot episode of Shake It Up, and the first of the overall series. It first aired on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel.


CeCe Jones and her best friend, Rocky Blue, both land the roles of back-up dancers on a local popular dance television show, but both dream of becoming the lead. They get their chance, but CeCe gets stage fright before her audition.


Rocky Blue and CeCe Jones appear amongst a group of people, waiting at a subway stop. As Rocky plays her boombox, they dance for money, which results in a large gathering crowd and much applause. They even try to get some of their audience members involved with their dance routine, by teaching them some of the moves. However, after receiving the hat they passed around, Rocky sees that they only earned a dime. After telling the crowd that they want money for cell phones, and an operation, they pass around the hat again, only to see that their dime is gone. Next, the girls get ready for school, and CeCe does her daily ritual of yelling out her apartment window to Rocky, who lives on the floor above, to get ready for school. While preparing for school, "Shake It Up, Chicago" appears on television, and CeCe dances along to it. CeCe's mother, Georgia, a police officer enters the scene along with CeCe's younger brother, Flynn. When Georgia orders CeCe to fix breakfast for Flynn, Rocky arrives, rushing CeCe to catch the subway for school. In a rush, the two prepare a "one-minute breakfast" for Flynn, mixing his cereal in a blender and putting it in a bag. As they arrive at school, CeCe and Rocky's friend, Deuce, is introduced, offering them bootleg Lady Gaga concert tickets. He then tells them about an opportunity to audition on their favorite show, "Shake It Up, Chicago!" After deciding to go to the auditions, their rivals, Gunther and Tinka Hessenheffer, are introduced and they tell CeCe and Rocky their plans of trying out for the show as well. Before going to the auditions, Rocky has an impromptu dance-off with her brother, Ty. CeCe encourages him to try out also, but he says that he "doesn't dance for the man." Both girls do well in their preliminary auditions, and Rocky shines during the solo round. However, CeCe gets stage fright and ends up running off stage. Rocky finds her crying at the subway stop, embarrassed and referring to herself as a loser. When CeCe brings up how Rocky is better and names all of her good qualities, Rocky replies with things good about CeCe. CeCe then accompanies Raon "Shake It Up, Chicago!" to support her. Raquel then tries to get CeCe onstage with her, and when she refuses, Rocky uses Georgia's handcuffs to make her get on stage and they dance together. After the segment is over, the show's host, Gary Wilde decides to let CeCe join the show as well. Trying to unlock the handcuffs, Rocky realizes that the keys are gone. Flynn took the keys in retaliation for the "one-minute breakfast" they prepared for him.

Featured Songs

  • Scratch
  • Roll the Dice
  • All the Way Up
  • Watch Me (Margaret Durante version)
  • Our Generation


Main Cast


Guest stars

  • Matthew Scott Montgomery as A.D.


  • Stefanie Scott originally played Tinka in the pilot until they re-filmed with Caroline Sunshine taking her place.
  • This is the pilot episode.
  • This episode was re-filmed due to Stefanie Scott joining A.N.T. Farm.
  • The light that causes CeCe to freeze is called a Super Trooper.

International premieres

November 12, 2010 (Canada)
November 12, 2010 (UK & Ireland)
December 31, 2010 (Latin America)
December 31, 2010 (Brazil)
December 31, 2010 (Australia)
January 29, 2011 (Poland)
January 29, 2011 (Romania)
January 29, 2011 (Czech Republic)
January 29, 2011 (Arab World)
January 29, 2011 (Hungary)
January 29, 2011 (Serbia)
January 29, 2011 (Turkey)
January 29, 2011 (Ukraine)
January 29, 2011 (South Africa)
March 1, 2011 (Greece)
March 8, 2011 (Netherlands / Flanders)
March 12, 2011 (Asia)
March 25, 2011 (Scandinavia)
April 4, 2011 (Hong Kong)
April 8, 2011 (Catalonia)
April 8, 2011 (Portugal)
April 8, 2011 (Spain)
April 20, 2011 (France)
April 23, 2011 (Japan)
May 27, 2011 (Germany)
May 27, 2011 (Italy)
June 18,2011 (Israel)
July 2, 2011 (South Korea)
January 21, 2012 (Russia)
August 28, 2012 (Quebec)
October 5, 2012 (Kazakhstan)

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Shake It UpShake It Up (song) • "Charlie Shakes It Up!" • Shake It Up: Break It DownShake It Up: I Love to DanceShake It Up: Live 2 DanceJust Dance: Disney Party
Main: CeCe JonesRocky BlueFlynn JonesTy BlueDeuce MartinezGunther HessenhefferTinka Hessenheffer

Recurring: Gary WildeGeorgia JonesMarcie BlueDr. Curtis BlueJeremy Hunter
Other: J.J. JonesDon Rio GarciaNicole GarciaEdie WildeLogan HunterJustin Starr

Season One: "Start It Up" • "Meatball It Up" • "Give It Up" • "Add It Up" • "Kick It Up" • "Age It Up" • "Party It Up" • "Hook It Up" • "Wild It Up" • "Match It Up" • "Show It Up" • "Heat It Up" • "Glitz It Up" • "Hot Mess It Up" • "Reunion It Up" • "Sweat It Up" • "Vatalihootsit It Up" • "Model It Up" • "Twist It Up" • "Break It Up" • "Throw It Up"

Season Two: "Shrink It Up" • "Three's a Crowd It Up" • "Shake It Up, Up & Away" • "Beam It Up" • "Doctor It Up" • "Review It Up" • "Double Pegasus It Up" • "Auction It Up" • "Camp It Up" • "Jingle It Up" • "Apply It Up" • "Split It Up" • "Copy Kat It Up" • "Egg It Up" • "Judge It Up" • "Parent Trap It Up" • "Weird It Up" • "Whodunit Up?" • "Tunnel It Up" • "Protest It Up" • "Wrestle It Up" • "Reality Check It Up" • "Rock and Roll It Up" • "Boot It Up" • "Slumber It Up" • "Surprise It Up" • "Embarrass It Up" • "Shake It Up: Made in Japan"
Season Three: "Fire It Up" • "Funk It Up" • "Spirit It Up" • "Lock It Up" • "Merry Merry It Up" • "Home Alone It Up" • "Oh Brother It Up" • "Quit It Up" • "Ty It Up" • "My Fair Librarian It Up" • "Clean It Up" • "I Do It Up" • "Forward and Back It Up" • "Switch It Up" • "Love and War It Up" • "In the Bag It Up" • "Brain It Up" • "Opposites Attract It Up" • "Psych It Up" • "Future It Up" • "Oui Oui It Up" • "My Bitter Sweet 16 It Up" • "Stress It Up" • "Loyal It Up" • "Haunt It Up" • "Remember Me"

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