Some of last year's A-Troupe, and some new hopefuls, show up for auditions only to find that The Next Step has a sleek new look
The auditionees for A-Troupe enter Studio 1, one of Kate's changes to aid in the studio's rebound from their Regionals loss. Since the loss many dancers, like Cassie and Alfie, have left the studio, but the studio is presently packed with prospective A-Troupers. Skylar and Richelle wonder who the new studio head is since Riley stepped down. Michelle enters the studio, feeling amiss with the absence of all of her friends. She is happy to see Emily, but is taken aback by her announcement that she is the new studio head.
Intro - James and Riley, Piper and Alfie, Noah and Amanda, Sloane and LaTroy, Skylar And cassie, Amy and Richelle, Michelle and Henry.
Emily announces that she has hired Daniel as her choreographer, who promptly enters the room. The dancers disperse to warm up, Michelle left in disbelief that she now has to answer to somebody who was once on her team. Henry and Noah reunite, Henry admitting that Noah is looking better since breaking up with Amanda. Noah tells Henry that he met a girl he likes at a ballet workshop who will be auditioning. The girl, who has since entered the room, is confused at the sight of Henry whom she hasn't seen in years. Noah quickly notices her and hugs her; Henry is left shocked that Noah's crush is his ex-girlfriend, Jacquie. Daniel confesses that this studio is nicer than studio a, and the dancers all Look really good. Then Elliot an New Dancer enters and confesses that he wants to be part of the new regionals team. Lola confesses that this year it's not About being dance captain is about making friends along the way. Emily and Daniel scope the dancers as they warm up. Zara and Josh discuss their nerves; the former is anxious while the latter isn't. Richelle rehearses a flip, impressing Ozzy who subsequently attempts to flirt with her, leaving Richelle unimpressed. LaTroy and Sloane excitedly enter the studio; Sloane will not be auditioning since she has been given the opportunity to work with Luther Brown, but kisses LaTroy and wishes him good luck. Emily passes by Amy and Piper and tells Amy to put her hair up. Emily asks Michelle what she thinks of the new studio; Michelle likes it, but believes it unparalleled to Studio A. Emily realizes Michelle isn't that excited, but assures her that she will be more utilized on the team, making Michelle realize that maybe she the situation can work.
Daniel gathers the dancers around and Emily divides them into groups. The first group consists of Ozzy, Alexandra, Kevin, Jasmine, and LaTroy. Emily proclaims that they will not be auditioning and may join B-Troupe instead, confessing that the studio will not win with breakdancers, hip-hop dancers, or J-Troupers. Amy begins to voice her disagreement, but is silenced by a single look from Emily. Michelle confesses her unease about the studio's changes but can see where Emily is coming from. Meanwhile Riley is traipses through Studio A, reminiscing about her time at the studio. She confesses that since losing Regionals, she has come to think about what she wants for her future, leading her to decide to leave The Next Step Dance Studio in favour of attending business school, something she has always been interested in. Riley begins performing a solo to "Flying," during which she experiences various flashbacks of her time at the studio. Tearfully, Riley confesses that she came to be the person she is today because of the studio and met incredible people who changed everything for her. She further confesses that The Next Step has been everything to her and it will be hard to move on. Although, she confesses that she is not saying "goodbye," but "see you later" because she knows that The Next Step will always be her home.
Daniel announces that the auditionees will freestyle, which must showcase creativity, versatility, and, above all, technique. Group one consists of Noah, Jacquie, Henry, Tyler, and Danielle. Noah auditions, during which he pulls Jacquie onto the floor and dances with her, making Henry reminiscent of his time dating Jacquie. Jacquie auditions next, confessing that she is very competitive and won't stop until she is at the top. Henry auditions next, confessing that Jacquie broke up with him two years ago because she did not believe him to be a good enough dancer. Tyler auditions next, followed by Danielle. Group two goes next. Amy auditions first, during which Emily and Daniel discuss her previous outburst. Next, Piper auditions. Zara auditions next, confessing that dance has gotten her through tough times. Josh auditions, confessing that he used to be a typical jock, but always had a part of him that was a dancer. Lola auditions next, confessing that she didn't fit in at her old studio despite being dance captain and is hoping for a fresh start. Michelle auditions next, and despite both Emily and Daniel complimenting her, Michelle feels strange having them judge her dancing. Kingston Auditions next And confesses that he has started dancing at the studio and he really wants this. Skylar auditions next, expressing her wish to be dance captain again. Last is Richelle, who confesses her wish to be at the top on A-Troupe. Upon the concluded auditions, Daniel and Emily thank the dancers and retreat to Emily's office to pick their team. Henry confronts Noah about Jacquie, revealing that she is the same girl who broke his heart and telling him to stay away from her. From across the room, Jacquie smiles at Noah and he smiles ever so slightly back, not knowing what to do.
In Studio 1 office, Emily states that all the dancers were good but only the best is going to be on her team. Daniel says that the dancers need to be ready for anything. Then Emily and Daniel leave the office and announces the A-Troupe. Emily says that A-Troupe contains Michelle, Lola, Richelle, Noah, Ben, Skylar, Zara, Jacquie, Kingston and Piper. Emily congratulates the dancers that make it. Amy is in disbelief that she was cut from A-Troupe. LaTroy notices Amy and realizes that she got cut too. It is at this time that Skylar peers from the doorway, silently listening in to the upset dancers. Amy admits to LaTroy that she has never been cut from a competitive team before as Henry sags against the lockers. LaTroy confesses that it was not a good day and that he is going to go home, drink juice, and watch TV by consequence. Henry admits that he is just happy B-Troupe rehearses in Studio A so he'll have less of an opportunity to run into Jacquie, while LaTroy wonders if he even wants to be at the studio anymore if it means he'll be on B-Troupe. Skylar says (Talking Heads Caption says Dance captain) “this isn’t fair on the dancers. I need to make a change.”
- A-Troupe contains Michelle, Lola, Richelle, Noah, Ben, Skylar, Zara, Jacquie, Kingston and Piper.
- Riley has left the next Step.
- Emily is the new studio head
- Daniel is the new head choreographer.
- Alfie and Cassie have Left A-Troupe.
- LaTroy, Henry and Amy are no longer part of A-Troupe