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"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.


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.


  • Scott Stefanie Scott originally played Tinka in the pilot until they refilmed with Caroline Sunshine taking her place.
  • This is the pilot episode.
  • This episode was refilmed due to Stefanie Scott joining[http:// A.N.T. Farm. A.N.T. Farm]
  • The light that causes CeCe to freez 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)