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Giselle, in "Today I'm Getting Over You"

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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 Nick,[5] with Emily as studio head.[6]

Cathy founded the studio in the 1980s, and acts as the head and owner until her retirement, when her daughter Kate assumes both positions. When Kate leaves to become a judge for a dance competition in the United Kingdom, she retains ownership of the studio but appoints Riley as studio head[7] After Riley goes to business school and Kate returns to the studio, Kate appoints Emily as the new studio head.[8] Kate also grants Michelle the ability to be studio head of her own troupe within the studio. [9]

After discovering that Emily and Michelle let Richelle dance on an injury and she was hospitalized, Kate fires Emily and Michelle as studio heads[10] and hires Angela to replace them.[11] After Angela's plan to take over and redesign The Next Step is revealed, Kate fires Angela[12] and rehires Emily and Michelle.[13]

After A-Troupe wins Regionals and qualifies for Nationals,[6] Kate decides she can no longer afford to run the studio, and sells it to Nick.[5] Soon afterwards, Michelle also decides to leave, leaving Emily as the sole studio head of The Next Step.

As the winners of the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals , The Next Step Dance Studio is at one point considered the best dance studio in the world, until their title is taken by Gemini Dance Studio.[14][15]

History

Development

Before it was a dance studio, the building that The Next Step is housed in was used as a chicken processing factory.[16] It was established as a studio by Cathy in the late 1980s.[17] At some point, Lucien began treating The Next Step as a rival to his studio. Elite Dance Academy.

Early stages

As the number of dancers grew, different troupes were integrated into the studio in 1995: Baby Ballet, J-Troupe, B-Troupe and A-Troupe, the troupe that competes in major competitions. When Absolute Dance established its annual global competitions, The Next Step competed at their Regional Championships from the first year that they were held.

The Next Step became Regional champions for the first time when they won the 7th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals. They went on to compete at Nationals for the first time, but were eliminated during the small group round.[18]

In 2006, Chris was hired as head choreographer[17] and in 2013, Kate took the role of both studio owner and studio head from her mother.[17]

Season 1

The Next Step's A-Troupe is preparing for the 17th Annual Absolute Dance Regionals under the guidance of their dance captain, Emily. After much tension and dispute, newcomer Michelle eventually takes Emily's title of dance captain, although the two later become co-captains and govern the studio concurrently.[19]

At Regionals, The Next Step is eliminated by Dance Inc. during the third round, but return to the competition after being selected for the wildcard spot.[20] After competing in the finals against their long-term rivals, Elite Dance Academy, The Next Step is finally victorious for the first time in ten years.

Season 2

Having gained a reputation, Chris has become marketable, and he leaves The Next Step to become co-owner of Superstar Dance Academy, a rival studio. Kate replaces him with her sister, Phoebe.[21] The Next Step decides to host the Challenge, resulting in significant changes to the A-Troupe lineup.[22]

During a dark period in mid-Season 2, Michelle leaves the studio, Emily becomes distrusted and Amanda briefly becomes A-Troupe's dance captain. This is later resolved entirely.

At Nationals, The Next Step's chances at competing in the final round are tested when Emily injures her knee in the semi-finals,[23] but the team is able to compete in the finals after Amanda steps in.[4] The Next Step wins Nationals for the first time ever, but the celebration is cut short when the dancers discover that they are due to be evicted from their studio.[4]

Season 3

The building in which the studio is housed is bought by none other than Lucien in an attempt to squander the studio's chances of winning Internationals.[24] Dance battles are arranged to settle the dispute. Thankfully, Lucien's plan backfires, and Kate is able to keep the studio.

Emily is compelled to leave the studio due to her unhealed knee injury,"[25] leaving Michelle as the sole dance captain. However, with worsening problems at home, Michelle also steps down and Giselle is granted the title.[26]

For the first time ever, The Next Step goes to Internationals.[27] The team wins the competition, making The Next Step Absolute Dance International champions for the first time.[14]

Season 4

Kate steps down as studio head to judge a dance competition in the United Kingdom, and names Riley as the new studio head in her absence.[7]

Unlike previous years, the studio has to win a qualifier competition in order to compete at the 18th Annual Regionals. Due to Noah's untreated back injury, the team does not place high enough to qualify in the first qualifier.[28] Riley later pulls the team out of the second qualifier, fearing that they will lose a dancer due to the rule that the winning team can poach a dancer from another team.[29] At the final qualifier, the studio is victorious and finally qualifies for Regionals.[30]

After an extended period of time without a dance captain, Skylar is selected for the role after completing a series of challenges.[31]

After various mishaps, including Sloane's disqualification and Michelle being hospitalised, The Next Step loses Regionals in the finals to Gemini Dance Studio, stripping them of their regional title.[32]

The Off Season: Season 1

Gemini Dance Studio goes on to win Nationals and Internationals, thus stripping The Next Step Dance Studio of all titles.[15]

Season 5

After Riley steps down as studio head to attend business school, Kate names Emily as the new studio head.[33] After clashing with Emily over her choice of dancers during A-Troupe auditions, Michelle decides to form TNS West, a rival troupe made up of the dancers Emily rejected. A-Troupe itself becomes known as TNS East.[9] Emily makes Richelle the dance captain for TNS East, [34] and Michelle makes Piper the captain for TNS West.[35]

Since only one team from a studio can compete at Regionals, a dance battle occurs between the two teams to determine who will go, which TNS East wins.[36] However, the entire studio is eventually disallowed from competing after Kate becomes aware of the increasing conflict between the two teams.[37]

Eventually, TNS East and TNS West merge into a unified A-Troupe and are allowed back into the bid for Regionals.[38] After it is decided that there should only be one dance captain, Noah is selected for the role after an anonymous vote.[39]

After creating a qualifier video which is selected by a panel of judges, A-Troupe officially qualifies for Regionals.[40]

The Off Season: Season 2

It is revealed that Kate fired Emily and Michelle as co-studio heads after discovering that Richelle was allowed to dance on an injury, and that she subsequently closed The Next Step for three weeks.[41]

Season 6

Kate hires Angela as studio head, replacing Emily and Michelle.[11]. After Angela's plan to take over and redesign The Next Step is revealed, Kate fires Angela[12] and rehires Emily and Michelle.[13]

After learning that the studios competing at Regionals will be divided based on the age of their dancers, A-Troupe unanimously decides to compete in the Senior Advanced Division in order to keep Noah, their only 18-year-old dancer, on the team.[42]

Emily and Michelle's A-Troupe successfully wins Regionals and qualifies for Nationals, regaining the first of the titles that they lost to Gemini.[43]

Season 7

The Next Step Dance Studio officially celebrates its 30th birthday with a Christmas party, which reunites many previous members of A-Troupe. The current A-Troupe also perform a dance piece inspired by The Nutcracker. Emily plans this with the knowledge that The Nutcracker was the first production performed by The Next Step's dancers after Cathy opened the studio.[44]

Following this, Michelle steps down as studio head to pursue a professional dance career.[45] Kate also sells the studio to dance enthusiast Nick, feeling that she can no longer fulfil the role of studio owner to the best of her ability.[46]

After Noah and Jacquie decide to leave, there is at least one open spot on A-Troupe.[47] Angela's daughter, Lily, returns to The Next Step to ask if she can audition. Emily lets Lily audition, but the news is met with confusion as to whether Lily deserves the spot. After confronting Angela, A-Troupe comes to the realisation that Lily really does want to be part of the team, and she becomes the tenth member of the troupe.[48]

For the first time, The Next Step holds auditions for alternates for the Nationals team, and B-Troupe, J-Troupe and dancers from outside the studio are seen auditioning. At the end of the auditions, Cleo and Heath are selected as the alternates.[49]

After receieving an official invite, A-Troupe decides to audition for Dancemania, a popular reality TV show.[50]

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Description

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 sporting goods store is mentioned to be upstairs, however it is only referred to once and never seen.[51]

Uniforms

In Season 2, all members of The Next Step receive uniforms which are designed by Zoltan and Minnow.[52] There is a different colour for each troupe: A-Troupe's are purple and blue, B-Troupe's are light blue, J-Troupe's are red, and Baby Ballet's are pink. All of the uniforms have the initials TNS on the left breast of the zip-up top, as well as the troupe's name on each shoulder and THE NEXT STEP on the back.

Faculty

Current

Studio owner

Studio head

Former

Studio owner

Studio head

Head choreographer

Members

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A-Troupe

B-Troupe

J-Troupe

Unknown troupe

Former

Locations

Currently in use

No longer in use

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