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|1 September 1996 (1996-09-01) (age 26)
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|30 (Trio Salsa, Hip-Hop, Samba,
Freestyle & Instant Jive)
|22 (Team Paso Doble)
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, known professionally as Zendaya, is a celebrity from Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 2009–14: Shake It Up and Zendaya
- 2.2 2015 – Present
- 3 Other Ventures
- 4 Personal Life
- 5 Dancing with the Stars 16
- 5.1 Scores
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Performances
Zendaya was born 1 September 1996 in Oakland, California, to father Kazembe and to mother Claire Stoermer. Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian. Zendaya grew as a part of the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works as the house manager, and additionally trained with the theater's student conservatory program. Zendaya has performed in numerous stage productions. Zendaya also helped her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater. While she was attending Oakland School for the Arts she starred as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's TheatreWorks.
She studied her craft at the Cal Shakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Zendaya's official site states that her name derives from the word meaning "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe). She also spent three years dancing with her former dance group called Future Shock Oakland. They danced such dances as Hip Hop and Hula.
2009–14: Shake It Up and Zendaya
Zendaya began her professional career working as a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns, and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad along with Stefanie Scott. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video "Hot n Cold", cover by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15. She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of Rocky Blue to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago, later changed to Shake It Up, and performed Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone". In 2011, Zendaya released her debut single "Swag It Out", a independent label song. She also starred in the book trailer for From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender.
On June 21, she released "Watch Me", a duet with Bella Thorne, and peaked at eighty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. Her first movie role was in the 2012 film Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie. On 29 February 2012 was released "Something to Dance For" for Live 2 Dance. On 2 September 2012, she signed to Hollywood Records.
The lead single "Replay" of her self-titled debut studio album Zendaya was released 16 July 2013. The song peaked at forty on Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by RIAA. Zendaya's self-titled debut album was released 17 September 2013 by Hollywood Records and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 51, selling around 7,458 copies in its first week. In 2014 Zendaya released two promotional videos for the song "My Baby", the album version 28 January and the remix version, featured TY$, Iamsu! and Bobby Brackins, on 15 February. She released the Disney television film Zapped, which garnered 5.67 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast on cable that night.
It was announced 16 June 2014 that Zendaya would portray Aaliyah in a new Lifetime TV biopic film titled Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, the decision to bring on Zendaya to perform as Aaliyah was also met with criticism, as people felt that Zendaya was too light skinned and did not greatly resemble Aaliyah. A few weeks later, it was announced that she dropped out of the movie and the project was put on hold. Zendaya explained her reasons for leaving the production, stating that
"Basically, I just felt that because I love her, and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don’t want to do anything that’s half or anything that’s less for her".
The role was instead given to Alexandra Shipp.
2015 – Present
On 18 January 2015, Zendaya starred as K.C. in the new Disney Channel Original Series K.C. Undercover, her second work in the channel. She also confirmed to Billboard that she had signed a joint deal with Republic Records, becoming the first artist to do so. Timbaland confirmed 6 March 2015 that he was working with Zendaya on her second album. Speaking on the album, Zendaya told MTV News that the music, is a
"new wave of R&B. It’s where I think it should be going, or it should be headed; it’s very old-school vibe, but it’s a new age version."
In July 2015, Zendaya posted a snippet of a song produced by Timbaland on instagram, following this she appeared on a radio station in Duabi and premiered a longer snippet of the song entitled "Close Up". On 8 November, she posted another video of her lip-syncing to an R&B song which would be included on her upcoming album.
She voiced Lola Bunny in the 2021 film Space Jam: A New Legacy.
In September 2012, Zendaya was featured along with rapper Lil Wayne and NBA player LeBron James in a performance of "Scream and Shout" by will.i.am & Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color. On 6 August 2013, Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence. She told about the book:
"I actually signed this book deal over a year ago… I worked on the book all summer and fall".
In 2013, Zendaya started work on a clothing line, inspired on her clothes on Shake It Up, the Shake It Up Dance Clothing Line by Zendaya. The collection features fun clothes for active girls, legwarmers, shorts, jackets, headbands and athletic apparel and accessories. In April 2015, Zendaya hosted the Radio Disney Music Awards as well as being nominated for the Artist With Best Style, but the award was won by Becky G. Zendaya appeared in Taylor Swift's 2015 music video for "Bad Blood", portraying an assassin called "Cut throat."
Zendaya's 87th Academy Awards red carpet look, which was the subject of controversy when Giuliana Rancic joked about her faux dreadlocks on Fashion Police has been immortalized as a Barbie doll.
Zendaya spent three years of dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip hop and hula dances when she was eight. As of November 2010, Zendaya lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight.
Dancing with the Stars 16
In March 2013, Zendaya became a contestant on the sixteenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Despite receiving praise from the judges and gaining the highest scores throughout the season, she placed runner-up on the final night.
|Contemporary / "Feel Again"
|Jive / "This Head I Hold"
|Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Viennese Waltz / "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"
|Samba / "Love on Top"
|Argentine Tango / "Discombobulate"
|Cha-Cha-Cha / "Do I Do"
Team Paso Doble / "Higher Ground"
|Paso Doble / "Buster Voodoo"
Jive Dance Off / "Good Golly Miss Molly"
|Foxtrot / "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Salsa (Trio Challenge) / "Dança Molengo"
|Quickstep / "Don't Give Up"
Hip-hop / "Fine China"
|Last to be called safe
|Samba / "Yerbatero"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Beauty and a Beat"
Instant Jive / "Rockin' Robin"
- She was the youngest competitor in Dancing with the Stars history, at the age of sixteen. This record was later beaten by Willow Shields, who was fourteen when she competed.
- Her Shake It Up! co-star Roshon Fegan competed in Season 14, finishing in sixth place.
- She was also Michelle "MJ" Jones on Spider Man: Homecoming and Anne Wheeler on 2017's The Greatest Showman.
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Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy - Quickstep - Week 9
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20 Little Known Facts About Zendaya's Parenting/Entertainment
If you haven't lived under a rock for the past few years, there's a good chance you've heard of Zendaya. This actress, singer, dancer and model has taken the entertainment business by storm ever since she got her big break as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel show. Shake It Up . She blasted us all like an acrobat in The Greatest Showman won legions of fans after her stint on Dancing With the Stars , and regularly showcases the fashion game at events such as the annual Met Gala and the Oscars. Seriously - is there anything Zendaya can't do? So far we haven't found anything!
But how did Zendaya get to the amazing place she is today? You have to look at her childhood to find out! She started in the entertainment business at a fairly young age - all in all, she had a very eventful childhood! Zendaya's childhood had many different influences that led to her becoming the superstar she is today. The thing is, most people focus on the present Zendaya, not her past! Lucky for you, we've put together a bunch of little-known things about this star's early years to give you some insight into her past. Read on and enjoy!
20 Zendaya's parents gave her a pretty meaningful name
There are a few pretty important things to note about Zendaya's name. First, like lure notes, it's pronounced Zen-DAY-uh, not Zen-DIE-uh! There is an important distinction to be made there! The star told Teen Vogue that a lot of people think her name is "more freaky than it is," so they try to rhyme it with "papaya."
Secondly, the origin of the name Zendaya is quite significant.
According to Complex , her parents, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman and Claire Stoermer, named her after the Zimbabwean Shona word for "thank you". Although Zendaya only goes by her first name professionally, her full name is Zendaya Marie Stoermer Coleman.
19 She has older siblings and was born with an aunt
Although Zendaya is the only child of both of her parents, she has many paternal half-siblings - five to be exact! Like heavy notes that these three sisters and two brothers are all from Zendaya's father's previous relationship and are slightly older than their famous little sister. In fact, Zendaya was born an aunt - she has nieces and nephews who are older than her! One such niece, Enzenia Coleman, is about a year older than Zendaya and they are very close. Zendaya told Complicated that Enzenia is "the closest person" to her and that the two hang out regularly in LA.
18 She describes her upbringing as "humble"
Zendaya is a real star these days, living in observer once described as a "$1.4 million mansion". According to lure , her house has three balconies, five bathrooms and a three-car garage. Impressive stuff, especially considering Zendaya bought the property at the age of 20! She admits that this new home is very different from her childhood, telling to lure that her upbringing was "humble".
She grew up in Oakland, California, in what she calls the "not so amazing area"..
However, Zendaya often stated that she had a very happy childhood and that her humble beginnings made her appreciate her fame a little more.
17 She was so shy as a child that she had to attend kindergarten twice
Whether you watched Zendaya float across the screen in The Greatest Showman or sing and dance on Shake It Up , It's hard to imagine that she actually a very shy person. She exudes such confidence when she performs! However, in interview Charm , the star revealed that her shyness was so harmful when she was younger that she actually had to repeat kindergarten. It was a necessary step to ensure that she is on the same level as her peers! To this day, Zendaya admits that she's not exactly a social butterfly or party girl: she told to lure that she prefers nights out with her family to hanging out with her friends.
16 She has been an activist since the age of six
In addition to gaining fame for her singing, dancing and acting skills, Zendaya has become known as an activist. For example, as Refinery29 At the time, the star was reported to have received almost universal praise for her defiant response to Juliana Rancic's comments regarding her dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars. mature age..
talking to charm , Zendaya revealed that her first experience with activism came when she was only 6 years old!
During this time, Zendaya and two of her close friends were lobbying the headmaster to put on a play to celebrate Black History Month. The play continued, with Zenda as Bessie Coleman.
15 She watched Disney Channel as a child
As most Zendaya fans know, this actress and singer got her big break on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up , starring alongside Bella Thorne in one of the lead roles. For Zendaya, this role was a dream come true, not only because it was her first major TV show, but because she grew up on the Disney Channel herself! Talking from Complex , Zendaya revealed that she "watched a lot" of Disney shows and that they eventually inspired her to become an actor herself. She couldn't imagine doing anything else as a career - and thankfully, she doesn't have to!
14 She was teased at school, but it didn't really bother her
Like many children and young adults, Zendaya unfortunately faced more than her share of teasing during her school years.
However, according to people , the star revealed that the teasing didn't really affect her,
as she was confident enough to brush off the rude words of the bullies. Zendaya has acknowledged that not every child can deal with bullying in this way - she is a prominent anti-bullying activist to this day. While speaking to Charm , Zendaya recalled an incident in fifth grade when she took no action to stop her classmates from being bullied. Since then, she has made it her mission to intervene and protect bullied children whenever she can.
13 her mother worked in the theater business
The fact that Zendaya caught an acting blunder at a young age is not least due to her mother's career choice. According to Charm , while Claire Stoermer's primary profession is teaching, she also landed a second job at the California Shakespeare Theater! Zendaya often accompanied her mom on her way to work and quickly found herself addicted to all things performing arts. She confessed in interview lure that she doesn't understand what most of the actors in Shakespeare's archaic plays say, but she knew she once wanted to be in their shoes.
12 She attended Auckland School of the Arts
When it became clear that Zendaya's goal was to pursue a career in performing arts, her parents decided that an artistic approach was the best option for her education. After all, attending will help her achieve her career goals more than in a regular school! As Axs notes, Zendaya attended the Oakland School of the Arts - although she later left when she moved to Los Angeles to film at Shake It Up .
She especially studied acting and dance, although her curriculum includes more academic subjects.
Zendaya clearly appreciates the power of education: in 2014, she served as an ambassador for the educational organization Get School !
11 she performed in hip hop and hula dance groups
Long before she killed him in the ballroom on ABC Dancing With the Stars , Zendaya was an expert in two very different forms of dance. According to Entity Mag Two of the star's childhood hobbies were hip-hop and hula dancing! She told Magazine V. that she had spent time in a bona fide hip-hop troupe since she was 8 years old, and that was her main interest at the time. She then went on to study at the Academy of Hawaiian Arts for two years - this is where the hula dance began. Zendaya is truly a woman of many talents!
10 She once starred in a Kidz Bop video
Remember Kidz Bop, the company that made kid-friendly versions of everyone's favorite pop songs? Well, believe it or not, Zendaya once starred in a music video for a company when she was a kid!
According to Buzzfeed , young Zendaya starred in the music video for Katy Perry's Kidy Bop version of Hot 'N Cold back in 2009!
Although Zendaya didn't sing on the track, she did a great job mimicking the bright gold microphone and dancing her heart out for the camera. In 2014, a slightly embarrassed Zendaya confirmed on Twitter that she was the one in the video.
9 Before she made it big, she was a backup dancer in a Sears commercial
Another of Zendaya's early gigs as a child was in a TV commercial for Sears. As HuffPost mind you, she wasn't the only future superstar in this ad, mind you! Zendaya actually acted as a backup dancer for future superstar Selena Gomez! Speaking to J-14 In terms of advertising, Zendaya admitted that it was nice to remember her humble origins in show business as it shows her how far she's come. She's not a backup dancer these days, that's for sure! Given that the Zendaya fashion line is now actually stocked at Sears, we'd say it's pretty much made it to the top.
8 As a young performer, she starred in several plays by Shakespeare
Remember how we mentioned that Zendaya's mother used to work in a theater that performed a lot of Shakespeare's plays? Well, seeing many of the Bard's works from the outside has clearly affected Zendaya herself!
According to HelloGiggles , she eventually started playing small parts in Shakespeare's plays herself.
The future superstar took on several more theatrical roles during her childhood and adolescence - Entity Mag reports that she starred in 's Once Upon a Time on That Island at the Berkeley Theatre. In addition, she appeared at the Palo Alto Theater in the play Caroline or Change . That's a pretty impressive summary!
7 Her first foray into show business was as a model
Although Zendaya's real passions in show business have always been acting and dancing, she actually infiltrated the industry using another talent: her modeling skills. According to Insider , she has modeled for the likes of Macy's, Mervyn's and Old Navy. Zendaya's association with Macy's doesn't end with her modeling gigs, though. She Knows highlighted the fact that in 2011 she appeared in the legendary Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! She appeared on a Build-A-Bear float and delighted her fans with a performance of her then-new single "Dig Down Deeper". As The Walt Disney Company itself noted, its stars have a long history of appearing in the parade - and Zendaya should join their ranks!
6 Her parents always encouraged her to follow her dreams
From all her interviews, it is clear that Zendaya is very close to her parents. While her mother and father are both divorced, they have remained close for the sake of their daughter - and they have always supported her dream of becoming an artist.
In fact, Zendaya's dad was her manager for a long time!
Speaking to to lure , Zendaya revealed that her parents drove her to all her auditions and always encouraged her to work hard to achieve her goals. They have always been her support system and Zendaya publicly thanked them for all they have done for her. The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
5 She was only 12 years old when she auditioned for "Shake It Up"
Besides The Greatest Showman , perhaps Zendaya's most famous credit screen is the Disney Channel show Shake It Up . When she first turned 14, Zendaya admitted that Challenging was only 12 years old when she auditioned for Shake It Up - and around the same age she moved to Los Angeles to take part. Despite her young age, Zendaya was completely committed to getting the role. Lucky for her, Disney decided she was the right person for Rocky Blue - and the rest, as they say, is history!
4 When Zendaya accepted her role in Shake It Up, she had to leave her mom in Oakland
While the role of Rocky Blue Shake It Up It was an amazing career opportunity for 12 year old Zendaya, it was worth it . The star told to lure that while her father was able to pack up and move to Los Angeles with her when she started working on the series, her mom had to stay in Oakland and continue working to support her family.
Obviously, this was quite difficult for Zendaya, who admits that she missed her mother very much at the time.
However, everything worked out in the end! After two years on Shake It Up , Zendaya is making enough money to support her family, which means her mom was able to quit her job and move to Los Angeles.
3 movie Disney's K.C. Secret
After Shake It Up The broadcast of his last episode The broadcast of his last episode in 2013, many people assumed that Zendaya Disney Channel's career was coming to an end. However, this was far from the truth! Instead, Zendaya started going out on a brand new show, K.S. secret . As Cosmopolitan points out, she's become such a prominent Disney Channel star by this point that she's actually been able to have some serious talks about her role. Zendaya co-produced K.S. secret Runs, and would have refused to take part in the show if she had no further control over him. You go girl!
2 She wasn't allowed to date until she was 16 - but she didn't mind
Like most celebrities, Zendaya has faced a lot of speculation regarding her dating life over the years. When she was a teenager, this aspect of fame wasn't a problem: Zendaya confessed to Charm that she wasn't allowed to date until she was 16! However, she didn't mind - she was fine with the rule.
She told Complicated that almost every guy she meets is the subject of dating rumors, which must be pretty annoying.
1 mom Zendaya hired a teacher to take her daughter on a press tour
For the vast majority of child stars, the pursuit of "traditional" schooling is simply not possible. They are too busy auditioning, filming TV shows and movies, and going on press tours to even think about taking classes! For this reason, many starlets have mentors who travel with them, and Zendaya is no exception. According to Charm , Zendaya's mom hired a teacher who didn't just give the young star a weird lesson or two in her Disney Channel trailer: she also went on all of Zendaya's press tours with her! Even though Zendaya's career seemed to be set in stone even from her childhood, she still took her time to get a strong education.
Recommendations: Allure; Difficult; Teen Vogue; heavy; charm
How does Zendaya keep herself in shape?
Recently, we often hear Zendaya not on the radio with a new single, but we see it on big screens. Two special episodes of "Euphoria", a mini-film "Malcolm and Marie" were released.
And in a couple of months, the fantastic drama Dune starts at the box office, where Zendaya plays along with Timothée Chalamet. In all the pictures, the girl demonstrates tight-fitting, figure-hugging outfits. How does she manage to keep herself in shape? The actress and singer told the Shape portal about this."Dancing with the Stars"
Since childhood, Zendaya has been dancing. “When I was 8 years old, I was already in a hip-hop troupe, then I participated in backup dancers at performances at the California Shakespeare Theater, where my mother worked.”
At 14, she played a professional dancer in the Disney series Dance Fever, and then even participated in the American Dancing with the Stars, where she and her partner, Ukrainian-American dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, took second place.
“Dancing is my cardio workout,” says Zendaya. - I dance every day for 1-2 hours: sometimes in the hall, sometimes at home. I turn on the music and start moving. It's energizing and relaxing at the same time! On the set of Dune, I taught the whole crew to do this: after a hard day, we gathered in my dressing room, Timothée Chalamet brought a column, and we danced until we dropped.At Tom Ford at the Critics' Choice Awards
“I used to do just dancing, but since I started acting more often in films, I understand that dumbbells are indispensable. For example, in The Great Showman, I played an aerialist and did all my own stunts.”
Strength training in the Zendaya schedule - 3-4 times a week. “I don’t really like the gym, so the exercises must give me pleasure so that I can perform them well.” Favorite ones are those in which several muscle groups are involved at once: deadlift, various types of planks, including on a stuffed ball, Bulgarian lunges, burpees, etc.
“During the quarantine, it was difficult for me to force myself to train.