It won't be long before I'm a main dancer on A-Troupe.


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"Alternate Universe" is the 3rd episode of Season 7 of The Next Step and the 183rd episode overall. It aired on January 22, 2020 on CBBC.


Auditions for the alternate spot on A-Troupe get under way.[1]


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  • Emily claims that there is no jewellery allowed in Studio A, but she seemingly has no qualms about the dancers wearing rings, earrings, nose-rings and cartilage piercings, and she herself is wearing a necklace. It is possible that she means that the dancers are not allowed to wear big and distracting jewellery; the accessory in question is bracelets, which are particularly likely to get in your way when dancing.
  • Emily claims that solo auditions are always followed by cuts and then group auditions, but this only happens in the auditions for the Nationals team in Season 2. However, given the similarities, she could mean that this is specifically the way that auditions for the Nationals team always work.
  • The dancers auditioning for the alternate spots are numbered from 1 to 22; however, there are only fifteen dancers present. It is possible, however, that more dancers signed up and were simply absent from the auditions.
  • Emily states that having alternates isn't a good idea because it creates competition within the team although in "Only You" she states that competition is a good thing in regards to having a dance captain.

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode refers to a song of the same name by SHEL.

Behind the Scenes





Featured music

Featured dances


Main article: Alternate Universe/Quotes


Main article: Alternate Universe/Aftershow


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  1. CBBC - Schedules, Wednesday 22 January 2020. BBC. Retrieved on January 8, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [1] YouTube. Retrieved on January 20, 2020.
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