running gag is a joke or a comical reference that appears repeatedly throughout the show.

A-Troupe's continuous loss of dancers

Dance-offs being used to determine solutions

  • As opposed to simpler practices such as playing Rock Paper Scissors, or flipping a coin, everything is determined via dance-off.
  • Piper and Richelle lampshade this in "United and Divided" in trying to determine where the dance battle should be held.

Piper: Then I guess we'll have a dance off to determine home studio advantage. I mean, what else are we gonna do? Flip a coin?

Richelle: No chance.

"Dolphin tail!"

Main article: The Dolphin Tail

"Don't even worry about it"

  • James is the main character to use this phrase, although he has claimed that the phrase is one that has been passed down through his family for generations.[1]
    • Naturally, Piper also uses the phrase.
  • Riley uses this phrase in several episodes.
  • Thalia uses this phrase in "I Don't Know".
  • Michelle references the phrase in "Danger Zone."
  • This gag is lampshaded in "Song for Riley" as heard in "Put You First."

Eldon's many love interests

  • Eldon has had crushes on and dated Emily, Michelle, and Thalia.
  • While both his relationships with Emily and Michelle did not last, it appears that this gag has been broken, as he is still in a relationship with Thalia two seasons after its conception and tells her that he loves her in "Here Comes Your Man."

Max drinking milk in Hidalgo's

Max's surprising hobbies

  • Max's hobbies include square-dancing, burping, football, which are all at odds with his stoic demeanor.


James, Riley and mountain water

Main article: Mountain spring water

Name change of the juice bar

Noah's many love interests

"Oh my dance"/"OMD"

Phoebe's strange quotes

Main article: Phoebe/Quotes

Refurbishment of the secondary rehearsal room


Main article: Shawarma

"The auditions are in here, right?"

"This changes everything."

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  • These have been named "famous words" by the show.[4]

West's strange quotes

Main article: West North/Quotes


  1. The Next Step Cast On... James - YouTube. YouTube (October 8, 2014). Retrieved on August 28, 2017.
  2. "Rewind." Wikia. Retrieved on August 28, 2017.
  3. "East Meets West" Preview - The Next Step. Youtube (October 6, 2017). Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  4. THE NEXT STEP on Twitter: "Cue the famous words... #TheNextStep #TNS #TNSonFamily #ThisChangesEverything." Twitter (October 20, 2017). Retrieved on October 21, 2017.