The show's original concept was for Disney to create a female buddy comedy, only with a dance aspect. The dance concept is Disney's third original series, after The Famous Jett Jackson and Sonny with a Chance, to use a show-within-a-show format. The series is also the first Disney Channel Original Series since So Random! and Sonny with a Chance to have more than six main contract cast members at one time.
On March 16, 2011, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, and on September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes. An album with songs from the series, Shake It Up: Break It Down, was released on July 12, 2011.
When Disney Channel announced its 2014 lineup, it was announced the show was cancelled, and would end after 78 episodes. The finale episode, Remember Me, aired on November 10, 2013.