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Season 3 of The Next Step premiered on March 16, 2015, with Season 3.5 premiering on September 11, 2015. Season 3 filmed across summer 2014.

Season openings


Season 3 follows The Next Step Dance Studio on their journey towards Absolute Dance Internationals.






Season 3.0

No. in Series Image Title Airdate
Emily and richelle
"Coming Home?" March 16, 2015
With The Next Step having been bought, the dancers are faced with the possibility of not being able to dance at Internationals.
Tess shantel amanda michelle
"Game, Set, and Match" March 16, 2015
As a final resort, A-Troupe must compete against Elite Dance Academy, and even each other, for a spot on the Internationals team.
Emily riley season 3 secrets
"Secrets" March 17, 2015
Emily receives news about her injury from the doctor.
Richelle season 3 episode 4
"Let the Games Begin" March 18, 2015
Dancers from The Next Step and Elite vie for the first six spots on A-Troupe.
"The Fallout" March 19, 2015
Riley and James must compete against each other for a spot on the Internationals team.
"The Times They Are A Changin'" March 20, 2015
Dancers from The Next Step and Elite vie for the final spots on A-Troupe.
Noah Cierra season 3 episode 7 promo
"Your New Beginning" March 23, 2015
New Elite members are having a hard time adjusting; James plans a surprise for Riley.
I'm Your Captain
"I'm Your Captain" March 24, 2015
The Next Step needs to declare a Dance Captain as Internationals approach.
Next-step-s3-vote7 hero
"The Nutcracker Prince" March 25, 2015
Eldon challenges West to audition for a ballet company.
Eldon thalia can't fight this feeling
"Can't Fight This Feeling" March 26, 2015
Thalia tries to figure out if Michelle and Eldon still have feelings for each other.
Riley kathy marry me season 3
"Marry Me" March 27, 2015
James and Riley scramble to save Kathy's wedding.
Chloe west do the right thing
"Do the Right Thing" March 30, 2015
Chloe chooses between joining a ballet company and staying at The Next Step.
Kathy riley put you frist season 3
"Put You First" March 31, 2015
James and Riley have trouble finding anniversary presents for one another. Meanwhile, Giselle and Thalia are hesitant about performing in a trio with Amanda; and Noah's special skills are put to the test.
Stephanie eldon noah season 3
"I Hope I Get It" April 1, 2015
Cierra tries to help her sister get onto the International team. Meanwhile, Emily offers Stephanie her support; and Michelle contemplates returning to Madison with her mom.
The new girl in town riley ella seaosn 3
"The New Girl in Town" April 2, 2015
A dancer from England arrives and joins the Next Step, and Riley must mentor her. Meanwhile, Amanda attempts to get out of going to Sweden.

Season 3.5

No. in Series Image Title Airdate
Season 3 8
"Sweet Spot" September 11, 2015
James is preoccupied with his band and can't devote time to his duet with Riley for Internationals, so Ella helps her let loose. Meanwhile, Eldon and Thalia try to uncover the studio's sweet spots.
Square Dance CBBC promo
"Square Dance" September 11, 2015
Riley and Ella trick the team into learning how to square dance.
James ella riley season 3 mixed messages
"Mixed Messages" September 18, 2015
Ella has Riley and James take a closer look at their relationship. Elsewhere, Thalia and Eldon devise clandestine ways of communicating.
Jiley season 3
"Never There" September 25, 2015
Michelle is struggling with her parents's divorce and this affects the team. Meanwhile, James and Riley try to see things from one another's perspective; and Ella tries to convince Noah that A-Troupe is the right place for him.
Ella Eldon season 3 episode 20
"Today I'm Getting Over You" October 9, 2015
A-Troupe pairs up with B-Troupe to do duets.
Cry me a river the enxt step official
"Cry Me a River" October 2, 2015
Eldon is to compete for the Internationals male solo title, but Noah wants to have a shot and show Eldon that he is just as good as he is.
Ella riley season 3 it's my party
"It's My Party" October 16, 2015
The Next Step welcomes Amanda back from Sweden. Riley and Ella play one last prank on James before Ella returns to England. West and Giselle try to help Eldon and Thalia with their budding romance. Meanwhile, Noah tries to find the courage to ask Abi to dance at the Internationals party.
Giselle West Amanda Stephanie season 3 episode 23
"Welcome to Miami" October 23, 2015
The Next Step arrives in Miami, ready for Absolute Dance Internationals. Riley has to work as a waitress in a Cuban restaurant after she is unable to pay for a meal. West shows some of the more quirkier attractions Miami has to offer.
Lost at Sea
"Lost at Sea" October 30, 2015
Kate and Giselle arrive to register for Internationals, but James has still not signed his form. Unfortunately, James is stuck in the middle of the alligator-filled Everglades with West and Eldon.
When the war is over
"When the War Is Over" November 6, 2015
On the day of the male and female solo round, Eldon struggles with the loss of his lucky coin and Riley's friendship with Ella is tested when they have to compete against each other.
Wodjan a-troupe
"We Are the World" November 13, 2015
With the small group round fast approaching, Michelle, Giselle, Riley, and Cierra are angry to see that Stephanie isn't putting in as much effort as she should be into practicing. Meanwhile, Thalia must compete with four dancers from different countries in the first round of Internationals, and Eldon begins to suspect that her Polish teammate cares about more than just dance.
James riley season 3 blin
"Blind" November 20, 2015
The dancers find out that in the second round of Internationals, the dance they had prepared will have to be performed blindfolded. As they struggle to make it work, it becomes apparent that they need to change which dancers perform.
The next step turn
"Turn, Turn, Turn" November 27, 2015
Eldon competes in a turning competition to determine how much time his team will have to reconstruct their quarter-finals routine to completely new music. 
She's not you official image
"She's Not You" December 4, 2015
The Next Step's chances at competing in the semi-finals against Summerford School of Dance are jeopardized when a dancer gets food poisoning. 
James riley season 3 how it ends
"How It Ends" December 11, 2015
The Next Step battles against Stockholm Dance Theatre in the final round of Internationals


  • As opposed to creating new names for the new characters, almost all characters that have not been in an episode before Season 3, are given the first names (or variations of their first names) of their respective actors.
  • Some scenes of the episodes "Welcome to Miami" and "Lost at Sea" were filmed in Miami, Florida.


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