Zendaya Coleman (born September 1, 1996), known simply as Zendaya, is an American actress, singer and dancer. As of 2013 she stars on the Disney
Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Rocky Blue. She has starred in two films and played one of the lead roles in the film Frenemies as Halley Brandon. She
voiced Fern in the Pixie Hollow Games. She appeared in Good Luck Charlie as Rocky Blue and in a Good Luck Charlie and Shake It Up crossover title
Charlie Shakes It Up. She appeared on PrankStars as herself in the episode "Walk The Prank" and on A.N.T. Farm as Sequoia Jones in the episode
Zendaya is also a musician. She signed a deal with Hollywood Records on August 8, 2012 and started recording songs for her debut album on August 12,
2012. She released a single from an independent label called "Swag It Out" and another single with Bella Thorne called "Watch Me," which is featured
on the Break It Down album. On March 20, 2012, Zendaya released the song "Something to Dance For" as promotional single from Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
soundtrack.Born on September 1, 1996 in Oakland, California to Kazembe Ajamu Coleman and Claire Stoermer, Zendaya grew as a part of the nearby
California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda where her mother works as the house manager in addition to training at 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 TheaterWorks.
She studied her craft at the CalShakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III,
Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. Zendaya has stated that her name means 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.