Shake It Up

Shake It Up/DISNEY CHANNELS/2010-2013 (Dyslexia)

Cecilia “CeCe” Jones (Bella Thorne), teenage girl with dyslexia who dreams of becoming a famous dancer. Born October 8, 1997, CeCe lives with her family in Apartment 3B and attends John Hughes High School. When school is out, she dances on a local teen dance show, Shake It Up, Chicago!


Cece is spoiled, selfish, shallow, very ticklish, can sing, snores in her sleep, is claustrophobic, afraid of the dark, and a troublemaker who spends a lot of time in detention (but her heart is in the right place). Some of Cece’s funnier phrases: “Well, stuff me in an llama and call me gulasto!” and “Well, smack me in the face with a Kansas City Pickle!”

“I’m the ocean. Wild, free, unpredictable!” – Cece Jones

Because CeCe has dyslexia she initially performed poorly in school but later she finds a tutor to help her with her math homework. Gradually, her academic performance improved.

CeCe’s best friend Rocky Blue (Zendaya) is her dance partner on Shake It Up, Chicago! Rocky is the opposite of CeCe in personality, being a good student with perfect attendance who ends up doing Cece’s homework.

CeCe: Really, Rocky, you’re just going to give up because there’s an obstacle in our way? Oh there’s a tree in the road, I better turn round and go back home, I’ll discover America some other time.
Rocky: What are you talking about? Columbus came here by boat.
CeCe: Yes, because he didn’t give up!

Note: Bella Thorne who played the role of CeCe Jones also suffered from dyslexia, but that has not stopped her from becoming a successful actress, singer, model and dancer. As Bella once said, “Dyslexia might have made things more challenging but it didn’t stop me, and the challenge made me stronger.” Thorne is a spokesperson for the Dyslexia Foundation.


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