“The Next Step Dance Studio”, usually called “The Next Step”, is the studio in which the series is based, located near Lost & Found Music Studios. The studio is currently owned by Heather, with Michelle As studio head.

Cathy is the founder of the studio and acts as the head and owner until her retirement. Upon her retirement, her daughter, Kate, assumes the positions. When Kate leaves to become a judge for a dance competition in the United Kingdom, she retains ownership but appoints Riley as studio head. After Riley goes to business school and Kate returns to the studio, Kate appoints Emily as the new studio head. Kate grants Skylar the ability to be studio head of her own troupe as well. Kate also gives Riley half of the Studio.

The Next Step Dance Studio is once considered the best dance studio in the world, until their title is taken by Gemini Dance Studio. But the beat Gemini Dance Studio at regionals. Then took back their title of nationals champion but lose to Gemini.


The Next Step Dance Studio's A-Troupe becomes TNS West and TNS East is created as a rival troupe. Since only one team from a studio can compete at Regionals, a dance battle occurs between the two teams, which TNS East wins. Although, the entire studio is eventually disallowed from competing after Kate becomes aware of the fighting between the two teams.

Eventually, TNS East and TNS West merge into a unified A-Troupe and are allowed back into the bid for Regionals.


The studio

The spacious studio is located in an old, russet-bricked building, near Lost & Found Music Studios. It is directly above the juice bar.

The studio's only ceaselessly recurrent room is Studio A, with an incorporated office. During the prelude to the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals competition, Studio B is used. From the period after the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals win to the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals win, the Music Room is in use. The Lounge and the Rehearsal Room are only used after the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals win, during the prelude to the studio's 18th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals loss. After the studio's 18th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals loss, Kate creates Studio 1 with an incorporated office.



  • A-Troupe
  • B-Troupe
  • J-Troupe


  • S-Troupe (because miss Kate leaves)
  • TNS East
  • TNS West
  • Baby Ballet