A-Troupe is the highest ranking troupe at The Next Step Dance Studio. As such, A-Troupe represents the studio at competitions, particularly those affiliated with the Absolute Dance franchise.


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.


the Off Season


  1. Michelle
  2. Kenzie
  3. Jacquie
  4. Davis
  5. Lola
  6. Piper
  7. Noah
  8. Joe
  9. Frazer
  10. Kingston
  11. Finn
  12. Summer


  1. Ozzy
  2. Amy
  3. Cassie
  4. Riley
  5. Richelle
  6. Josh
  7. Zara
  8. Amanda
  9. Giselle
  10. Thalia
  11. Alfie

Season 6