"Leon Me" is the 4th episode in Season 5 of The Next Step and the 138th episode overall. It aired on June 16, 2017.


"Emily has hired a guest choreographer, Leon Blackwood, to teach a hip-hop class for TNS East, but when TNS West shows up too, Michelle and Emily go head-to-head."[1]


Amy sits on a bench as she oversees Henry and Ozzy's dancing in Studio A. As they dance, Richelle and Lola enter the studio and take the cubes. They then return, tell Amy to get off the bench, and take that too. Amy, Ozzy, and Henry are left confused and without an explanation — other than a vague "A-Troupe business" from Richelle, as she and Lola leave with the bench. Henry vows to get to the bottom of the situation.

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Henry and Noah finish their handshake.

Henry and Noah are hanging out in Neutral Grounds and perfecting a new handshake. Noah confesses that he and Henry are best friends and that, being on separate troupes, he hopes it stays that way. Henry confesses that he is buttering up Noah to get information from him about what is happening in Studio 1. Without much persuasion, Noah easily admits that Leon Blackwood is coming in to teach a master class for he and the other members of TNS East, including Jacquie. Speaking of Jacquie, Noah tries to ask Henry if it's okay to go to the movies with her, but Henry refuses. Noah tells Henry to bring his friends to Leon's class. Noah admits that he isn't sure if he is allowed to invite Henry, but that he just wanted to get off of the topic of Jacquie.

Josh is tying his shoes in the locker room as Piper talks about how excited she is for the masterclass, with Zara in the background. Josh tells Piper a story about Leon being so impressed by a girl in one of his classes that he put her in a music video. Zara confesses that she is worried about the class, as she is not the strongest hip-hop dancer.

In Studio A, Michelle asks to see Amy and Ozzy's attitudes. As this happens, Henry runs in and announces that Leon Blackwood is teaching a masterclass. Michelle confesses that Leon Blackwood actually started The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto. Michelle allows the dancers to attend the class, not thinking it will be a problem despite not being invited. Henry, Ozzy, Amy, and Michelle excitedly exit the studio, chanting Leon's name. Meanwhile, Emily asserts to the dancers that they will be polite, prepared, and professional. As Emily orders the dancers not to embarrass her, Michelle, Ozzy, Amy, and Henry enter the studio, still chanting Leon's name. Emily quickly pulls Michelle aside and asks Michelle why she is there. Michelle tells her that her dancers are there for the masterclass, which Emily reminds her they weren't invited to. Michelle is confused as to why this is a problem, while Emily deems Michelle's behaviour to be classic. Henry and Noah greet each other happily, with Noah hoping that Emily doesn't find out he spilled the beans about the class. As Michelle and Emily continue to argue, Amy tells Piper that she must be excited, but Piper tells Amy that she is speaking to Josh at the moment, hurting Amy. Michelle and Emily are still arguing, until Leon walks into the room. Emily realizes that there is nothing she can do.

Emily tells Michelle that she and her dancers can stay so long as they merely audit, which Michelle begrudgingly agrees to. Leon begins the class and chooses to work with Jacquie (who previously took a class with him and gave Emily the idea to bring him in), Noah, Josh, Lola... and Amy. Amy explains that she is merely there to audit, but Leon rejects the notion. Piper is immediately angry that Amy was picked over her. Leon teaches the dancers a few steps of choreography and is impressed by Amy after she gets comfortable. Leon admits that the dance is supposed to feature a little romance and pulls out Jacquie and Noah, bothering Henry. Leon calls a break, during which Piper storms out. Jacquie meets Noah in the locker room, during which they agree that they have chemistry. Noah lies to Jacquie that she danced so hard she danced one of her eyelashes off and pretends to brush it off, really just caressing Jacquie's face. Henry enters the room just then, and Jacquie and Noah quickly separate. Jacquie exits the room and Henry only asks Noah where the washroom is; Noah hopes Henry didn't see anything, but knows he has to back off Jacquie because he doesn't want to ruin his friendship with Henry.

Lola, Josh, Jacquie, Noah, and Amy begin their routine with Noah and Jacquie at the center. Henry realizes that there is definitely more happening between Jacquie and Noah than just dance. Watching how fun the dance is, Zara regrets shying away from Leon. Piper also wishes she was up dancing. When the dance ends, Leon thanks Michelle and Emily for having him, calling them co-studio heads in the process, obviously upsetting Emily. Ozzy commends Amy on the choreography, while Josh apologizes to Piper for Amy taking her spot. As Amy tries to approach her, Piper exits with Josh.

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Emily tells the members of TNS East that they are forbidden from talking about studio matters with anyone who is not part of the team.

Amy storms into Studio A in tears. Amy confesses that her friendship with Piper is important to her because, with Sloane and Cassie gone, she is the only one left who is there for her. As Amy cries beside her cubby, Michelle enters her office, complimenting Amy and not even noticing that she is upset... that is, until Michelle prepares to leave. Michelle asks Amy what's wrong and Amy admits that she was embarrassed because Piper is mad at her due to Michelle's doing. Amy asks why they had to crash the class anyway and Michelle explains that TNS West just doesn't have the same amount of support and funding as TNS East. Amy retorts that they can never be the best team without the resources and storms out of the studio.

Meanwhile, Emily tells her dancers that TNS West is starting to take advantage of them and announces that it is thereby forbidden to discuss A-Troupe business with anybody who is not currently dancing in Studio 1.

Noah is worried about his relationship with Henry with the new rule in place. While sitting in Neutral Grounds, he is joined by Henry. Henry pries about Noah's relationship with Jacquie and is hurt upon his subsequent lies. Henry tells Noah that friends do not lie to each other so, from that point on, they are no longer friends.


  • This episode was released on the Family Channel app before airing on television.
  • This is the first episode where Toronto is referred to by name.
  • Henry and Noah are no longer friends.



  • Zara is wary about dancing with Leon Blackwood because she deems herself not the strongest hip-hop dancer, although, one of her two specializations is hip-hop according to her Talking Heads caption. Although, it is possible that Zara means that she is not the best hip-hop dancer in the troupe.
  • In one of the white walls segments, you can see both troupes walking past each other — including Elliot, who was not introduced to us in this point of the season. In this very same segment, Heather also appears, but her dance storyline hasn't begun yet.

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode is a play on words on the song "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.






Featured music

Featured dances


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  1. TV Listings Grid, TV Guide and TV Schedule, Where to Watch TV Shows - Screener. Zap2It (May 3, 2017). Retrieved on May 3, 2017.
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