Will 2013 Have An Ultimate Dance Off?

Will 2013 Have An Ultimate Dance Off?

In the summer of 2011, the Disney Channel launched its first-ever nationwide dance competition: the Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off ‘Shake It Up’ Edition.

Promotional image for Disney Channel's Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off, image copyright Disney

Solo and group dancers between the ages of 8 and 16 were invited to upload their auditions to the Make Your Mark website, with more than 28,000 audition videos submitted. Six finalists were chosen to compete in a televised event, and the winners, a team of four dancers known as AKsquared, were featured on an episode of Disney Channel’s hit series Shake It Up.

The competition was such a success that the Disney Channel hosted its second Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off the following summer. In 2012, another 25,000 audition videos were submitted and six new finalists were selected for the second televised dance event. The pint-sized winners (and eventual Shake It Up spotlight dancers) were DJ’s Mix, a duo featuring two of the competition’s youngest dancers: Jaycee, age 9 and Dylynn, age 10.

AKsquared performed on Disney's Shake It Up, image copyright Disney

Millions of Disney Channel fans watched the finalists compete in both Ultimate Dance Off televised events and thousands texted, called in and voted online for their favorite dancers. Without a doubt, the Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off was a wildly popular competition series…but was it also Disney’s last?

Will there be an Ultimate Dance Off in 2013?

Blogging Disney is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, and without insider knowledge, we can only speculate as to the fate of Make Your Mark. By this time last year, the competition was well underway with thousands of online video submissions. The 2012 competition was announced in the early spring, but this year, there has been no word from Disney, and the Make Your Mark website no longer exists, redirecting instead to the default disneychannel.diney.com domain.

Congratulations to DJ's Mix, winners of the 2012 Make Your Mark competition, image copyright Disney

It may be that Disney Channel has opted to forgo the competition this year to focus on newer properties like Teen Beach Movie, an original movie musical that premieres next week. Or it could be that the Ultimate Dance Off, with its thousands of audition videos and American Idol-like voting system, was too time-consuming and labor-intensive to run on a yearly basis.

When I visited the Make Your Mark website in 2011 and 2012, the bandwidth speed was so slow that the videos were practically unwatchable. Bandwidth allocation is only one of the many challenges – and expenses – of running an online competition series, but it could have been the nail in the coffin of the 2013 edition.

Our series of Ultimate Dance Off entries were some of Blogging Disney’s most popular posts, and we enjoyed hearing from the fans over the past few years. If we find out that Disney Channel is hosting another dance competition, we’ll let you know, and in the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on everything Disney.

23 Responses to “Will 2013 Have An Ultimate Dance Off?”

  1. heather says:

    hey its djsmix we just wanted to say 40000000 thanks to every one who voted for us

  2. tia spears says:

    I think all of yall should when the contest cuz yall all did a wonderful job

  3. tia spears says:

    I really look forward for joining yall . thankx. see yall

  4. tia says:

    hello mi name is tia and I want to join yall dance team and make your mark please cuz im very espically rying to be in a dance group with anxiety.
    thamkx love,

  5. Angelica says:

    Urban Extreme or Bx5 crew cuz Dj’s mix shoukdnt cuz all they did was really just gymnastics

  6. Brooklyn says:

    Hi i’m Brooklyn i was wondering when make your mark registers open

  7. Rylee says:

    So will make your mark still go on? Cuz i really wanted to audition

  8. Meredith says:

    Come on I want make your mark

  9. Lamirica says:

    Come on zendaya and bella t. me and miih friends are counting on u guys I love u very much bella t.

  10. when do we have to have are videos in says:

    When will it start

  11. when do we have to have are videos in says:

    When do we have to have are videos in by

  12. katelyn says:

    when will shake it up make your mark start again becuase i want to audition

  13. Annabella Turcios says:

    Me and Emily love dancing.If they put it we would win!!!!!!!!!!?!?

  14. jasmine cruz says:

    This has been my dream to be a model contact me at my account on face book aim 13 and my name is jasmine Cruz bye

  15. Isabella ricciardi-patton says:

    Last year one of my friends and I really wanted to compete. I really hope that it will be on this year. I really want to be on Make your Mark. So I really hope it will be soon in October. Thank you for reading! I love Shake it Up!

  16. kelly says:

    when is make your mark ultimate dance off because im going crazy.ive practiced my whole life for this moment bella and zendaya

  17. Sandy says:

    where does make your mark take place every year????????????

  18. kae says:

    What is the amount of time for dances

  19. Jade says:

    Hello I want to dance start make your mark please cuz I’m overwhelmed with anxiety

  20. Kelly says:

    When is it starting make your mark

  21. Jayleena says:

    They for some reason usually start in August or September so ya

  22. sophie says:

    hello when is make your mark starting

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