Congratulations, AKsquared!

Congratulations, AKsquared!

The Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off ‘Shake It Up’ Edition was a wild success for the Disney Channel. When the competition first began in July, Disney received more than 28,000 online audition videos and selected six semi-finalist dance acts (AKsquared, Jade, Amir, Casey and Sam, Arjang, Christine and June) to compete in the premiere televised event of the Ultimate Dance Off on the Disney Channel.

Screenshot from the Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off website, image copyright Disney

The competition aired on Friday, October 14th, followed by a Sunday night results show, drawing 4.2 and 4.0 million total viewers, respectively. Both the Friday and the Sunday telecasts were tops in their time slots for Kids 6-11 (2.0/2.2 million) and Tweens 9-14 (1.6/1.8 million).

For two hours following Friday’s telecast, viewers had the opportunity to cast votes for their favorite dancers up to 5 times each by text and online. The official Make Your Mark website was (presumably) so overwhelmed with viewers trying to cast their votes that the site went down that night, preventing many people (including me!) from voting.

Last weekend, Blogging Disney ran an unofficial poll inviting Make Your Mark fans to guess which finalist would win the dance off before the winner was announced Sunday night. More than 1,000 people made their guess, and AKsquared received 46% of the poll’s vote, winning by a huge margin over Jade (19%), Amir (14%), Sam and Casey (9%), Arjang (8%), and Christine and June (5%).

Screenshot of the Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off winners, image copyright Disney

Disney hasn’t revealed any specifics regarding the actual votes cast and the margin of victory, but AKsquared was officially chosen as the Ultimate Dance Off winner, and the four dancers (Arielle, Kailey, Alyssa, and Kalani) will appear as spotlight dancers on a future episode of Disney Channel’s popular Shake It Up dance series.

The second season of Shake It Up premiered on Sunday, September 18th, 2011. The series stars actor/dancers Bella Thorne and Zendaya as best friends CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue who land roles dancing on a local series, Shake It Up Chicago. This season’s celebrity appearances include Atticus Shaffer (The Middle), Ben Savage (Boy Meets World), and Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray).

If you missed seeing the Ultimate Dance Off on TV, the Make Your Mark website is currently featuring clips of all six of the finalists dancing in the televised event. Watch the videos now. Disney has yet to announce if there will be another ‘Edition’ of the Ultimate Dance Off, but the competition was such a success, it’s very likely that another one is in the works!

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71 Responses to “Congratulations, AKsquared!”

  1. jadasays: says:

    september 11 2015 8:24pm
    aksquared i think you are the best dancers ever i watch all you videos and i really love you,s

  2. jadasays: says:

    aksquared you are the best dancers ever i watch all your videos and watch how good you dance

  3. cassidy says:

    Hey kalani!!!!!!! your so cute!!!!!!

  4. kylie says:

    i really want aksquared 2 post a message to me (kylie g.)!

  5. dancingprincess says:

    HI,IM MYA IM NOT GONNA PUT TOO MUCH EFFORT INTO THIS COMMENT CAUSE I KNOW U GUYS DONT SEE IT SO ANYWAYS I AM 11 I DANCE AT GOLDEN SLIPPERS DANCE ACADEMY
    I HAVE BEEN DANCING SINCE I WAS 2
    I WAS 1 OF THE TOP 10 FOR MAKE YOUR MARK BUT I DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE FINAL SIX
    WISH ME GOOD LUCK FOR NEXT TIME
    AND I HOPE UR DANCING DREAM COMES TRUE
    -DANCING PRINCESS

  6. ula says:

    i love your group and i wish you guy’s have a great day

  7. Emily says:

    Hi i loved watching you guys dance

  8. amber says:

    heyy i have no idea who is who so can someone help me out ?? i dont know what one goes wih what name and what one goes with what age??

  9. jordan says:

    hi

  10. jalen says:

    I HAVE A GROUP CALLED MCJ CREW AND I HOPE WE WIN YOU CAN CHECK US OUT AT MCJCREW.BOARDS.NET BYEEE

  11. Cara says:

    I dance in my room I’ll practice dance for now

  12. Disney-Blogger says:

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve posted an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the 2012 edition of Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off. I hope this answers some of your questions! http://disney-blog.com/2012/06/make-your-mark-2012-faq/

    More information coming soon.

  13. Katie says:

    My email is katiegevaux@live.com.au if you want to contact me nelly and Aksquared

  14. Katie says:

    Could You! That would be AWESOME!!!

  15. Katie says:

    That alright!!! Thanks!!!! Tell when you see them next! Xx Katie

  16. Neely says:

    Sorry I spelled your name wrong in my first comment Katie

  17. Neely says:

    And maybe somehow I could get a pic for you because you are more crazy about them than I am 🙂

  18. Neely says:

    Hi Catie aksquared goes to my dance studio do you want me to tell them that Katie says hi for you? Next time I see then I will

  19. Katie says:

    Wat you doing AKSquared!

  20. Katie says:

    Go to the older comments Kalani to see what else I said

  21. Katie says:

    Aksquared I check this everyday so check everyday so that we can chat. Love you

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