As far as first dates go... this one was pretty perfect.


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"First Date" is the 19th episode of Season 1 of The Next Step and the 19th episode overall. It aired on October 18, 2013.


With a new A-Troupe assembled, the dancers decide to change the Regionals routine.


Riley enters Studio A to find Stephanie sitting near the entrance, while the rest of A-Troupe converse with Kate and Chris. Riley asks Stephanie where Emily is, and Stephanie reveals that Emily made it into Elite Dance Academy, but she didn't. Riley feels awful, believing that Emily's departure is her fault. Michelle tells Stephanie that they are ready for her, and Riley follows Stephanie into the studio; Stephanie is worried, as no one looks happy to see her. Chris tells her that she has behaved inappropriately, and because of this she will audition like everyone else. Stephanie begins to dance, but Michelle stops her almost immediately; in tears, Stephanie accepts that she is no longer on A-Troupe and begins to leave. However, Michelle stops Stephanie again and tells her that they know she can dance, and that's why they need her in A-Troupe. Stephanie bursts into tears out of joy, hugs Michelle, and thanks and apologizes to everyone; A-Troupe has a group hug, and Kate notes happily that they only need one new dancer instead of two.

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Riley confesses that she is nervous about the date.

Riley is in Studio A, performing a solo to "Where Did Everybody Go" when James enters. He confesses that the name of the song Riley is dancing to seems ironic, as it reminds him of how he and Emily both left A-Troupe. When she finishes, James reveals that he got a B+ on his math exam, meaning that he is taking her up on her offer of a date. Riley confesses that she is secretly excited, although nervous, because it is her first date.

Michelle finds Eldon at Squeezed and sits with him. She tells him that since Emily left, she was thinking of creating a new routine for Regionals, and suggests that they could do a duet together; Eldon likes the idea. She then asks him what he doing and Eldon reveals that he is coming up with date ideas for himself and Emily. Michelle is disappointed, and abruptly leaves; she confesses that she wishes Eldon was planning a date with her instead of Emily.

A-Troupe is playing ninja in Studio A when James enters. The troupe happily welcomes him back. Kate then reveals which dancer will be taking Emily's place on A-Troupe: it is Giselle. Giselle enters the studio and everybody congratulates her; she confesses how happy she is to be back. Stephanie then reveals that she and Michelle think that they should create a new Regionals routine, as they believe Emily might tell Elite about their current one. Michelle also reveals that she and Eldon will be performing a duet in the routine; the two go to Studio B to work on their duet while A-Troupe begins to learn their new choreography.

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Eldon and Michelle commence their duet.

Eldon and Michelle are practicing their duet, which is going well. Meanwhile, A-Troupe is rehearsing their new Regionals routine to "More Than That" which is about the opposing genres of contemporary and hip-hop. When it comes to Daniel's solo, he marks the routine, causing Kate to call him into her office to question him. Daniel lies that since Regionals are so soon, he doesn't want to "burn out." Kate understands, but says that if he doesn't work harder, then she will take away his solo and give it to his understudy, James.

Michelle and Eldon are performing their duet to "Inside Out." The concept of the dance is that Michelle is afraid to do something and needs to learn to trust Eldon to help her and, by the end of the dance, Michelle is ready to face her fear. Both Michelle and Eldon confess as they dance, they are learning to trust each other more and more.

James is waiting in Studio A for Riley, since they are supposed to be having their date. James confesses that he chose to have their date in Studio A because it is where they first met each other. Riley is wary of the location, but James asserts that there is more to the date than she thinks. Knowing that Riley wants to travel the world, James gives Riley a homemade passport.

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West asks Daniel if he is still taking him home.

Meanwhile, Daniel dances by himself in Studio B, and proclaim that his ankle is feeling better. West then enters, worrying Daniel since his ankle is still covered with a tensor bandage. Not noticing this, West asks Daniel if he is still giving him a ride home. Daniel assures him that he will still drive him, but that he is going to hang back for a second. West leaves, thinking that Daniel is acting a bit strangely. Daniel confesses that nobody can know about his injury, because it could mean that his solo will be taken away from him.

Back in Studio A, James directs Riley to her seat. The concept of the date is that he and Riley will eat lots of different food from around the world, and before they get food from a different country, James will stamp Riley's passport. Despite her initial scepticism, Riley grows to enjoy the date. When Riley and James finish eating, James asks Riley to dance with him. The two slow dance together and share their first kiss. Riley says that for her first date, this was pretty perfect.


  • Stephanie is back on A-Troupe.
  • Giselle is now a part of A-Troupe, replacing Emily.
  • Daniel can drive, and is therefore at least sixteen years old.
  • James and Riley have had both their first date and their first kiss.
  • The scene in which James and Riley kiss was not included in the version released on CBBC.

Production Errors

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode refers to a song of the same name by Blink 182.




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