Zendaya Coleman is the newest Disney Channel Star to lace up her dancing shoes and step onto the ballroom floor to join the cast of Season 16 Dancing with the Stars.
Zendaya stars as Raquel “Rocky” Blue on the hit Disney Channel Show Shake It Up! and is currently recording her debut album on Hollywood Records. She will be dancing with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, the younger brother of DWTS Veteran, Maxsim Chmerkovskiy. No one will forget how he and his last partner Kelly Monaco sizzled on the dance floor. Some people on the DWTS message boards say that choosing dancers like Zendaya to be on DWTS is unfair to the other athletes/singers/actors who may not have any dancing experience. But all the stars agree ballroom dancing is like learning a whole new language.
During Season 14, live from the ballroom floor we interviewed David Arquette (Swoon) the voice of Skully from Jake and the Never Land Pirates, on Disney Junior.
Zendaya is not the first Shake It Up star to make their way to the DWTS ballroom. Last season we loved watching Rocky’s on screen brother Ty, played by Roshon Fegan bust a move!
We’ve had the pleasure of meeting Zendaya a few times, most recently at Disney’s D23 Expo. Watch Zendaya, Bella Thorne, and the cast of Shake It Up dance at the D23 Expo. There’s no denying Zendaya is an adorable, talented young lady but does she have what it takes to win the coveted mirror ball trophy? Look for her to light up the ballroom and capture your heart this season! We can’t wait to watch “Z” Shake It Up on Dancing with the Stars! Will she get your vote?
Learn more about Zendaya Coleman from DWTS Website. Learn more about Val Chmerkovskiy from DWTS Website.
Tweeting with the Stars:
@DancingABC — Use the hashtag #DWTS
@Zendaya — Her fans use hashtags #Zswag and #Zswaggers
@IAmValC — Tweet to Val
Monday, March 18, 2013 8pm/7 central
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Disney Sisters visit the set of Dancing with the Stars
Multi-talented actress and singer, Zendaya Coleman, stars as Raquel "Rocky" Blue, one half of the comedic duo, in the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up! and is currently recording her debut album on Hollywood Records.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
The brother of Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Valentin has appeared on Dancing With the Stars as a guest dancer and is now taking center stage as a pro just like Maks. Oh brother!
CELEBRITY PARTNER: ZENDAYA COLEMAN
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
â€¢ Kelly Monaco (All Star Season)
â€¢ Sherri Shepherd
â€¢ Elisabetta Canalis
Meet The Rest of the Cast
of Dancing with the Stars: Season 16
Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: TONY DOVOLANI
One of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television, film and radio arenas.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: CHERYL BURKE
Captured the Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria at the age of 19. Overnight, she became one of those rare champions who transcended her sport and captured the country's imagination.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: TRISTAN MACMANUS
Soap opera star Ingo Rademacher is best known to audiences as the charismatic Jasper "Jax" Jacks on ABC's General Hospital.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: KYM JOHNSON
Professional football player for the 2013 Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: KARINA SMIRNOFF
This country singer-songwriter gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: DEREK HOUGH
Hailing from London, restaurateur, designer, author, philanthropist, producer and television personality Lisa Vanderpump moved to the United States eight years ago. She is best known for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: GLEB SAVCHENKO
As former Welterweight Boxing Champion he finally found his life's calling as a world class athlete. The nickname "Vicious" describes Ortiz when he's in the ring, but his million-dollar smile is a preview to his heart of gold.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: LINDSAY ARNOLD
Just 18 years old, Aly Raisman captained the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team to its first team gold medal since the 1996 Olympic Games. Raisman added the United States' first ever gold medal in the floor exercise and also won a bronze on the balance beam, making her the most decorated American gymnast in London.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: MARK BALLAS
An American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and producer.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: SHARNA BURGESS
WATCH DANCING WITH THE STARS
MONDAY, MARCH 18 8/7 C ON ABC
Photo Source(s): DWTS Website / DWTS Facebook Page unless further stated
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