Cathy created A-Troupe in 1995.
A-Troupe has competitively competed at every Absolute Dance competition since 1995 as a unified team.
The audition prior to the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Regionalscompetition is the studio's first audition that allows dancers from outside the studio to contend for a spot on the troupe. Before the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Nationals, the studio holds its first Challenge.
A schism eventually forms in A-Troupe due to conflicting views on the most important dance styles, resulting in the formation of TNS East and TNS West. After a climactic fallout between the teams which results in them being disallowed from competing at the 19th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals, they are eventually make amends and reunite as a merged A-Troupe, thus regaining their position as contenders for the Regionals title.
After the win at regionals, The Team changes again and again.
A-Troupe is The Next Step Dance Studio's only competitive troupe, causing it to always consist of 10-12 dancers as 10 dancers are allowed on-stage at a time at competitions, with 2 alternates also on the team in the case of injury. It is well-known that on the troupe, nobody's spot is guaranteed. Although, curiously, neither Michelle or Emily has to audition for the troupe during the Challenge.
A-Troupe is led by a dance captain and is the only troupe at The Next Step Dance Studio for which this is the case. The troupe is also lead by a head choreographer.
A-Troupe rehearses in Studio A and Studio 1.