The Off Season: Season 2, subtitled "The Scholarship", is the interlude mini-season set between Season 5 and Season 6. The series is centred around the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship. It is comprised of 14 approximately 2 minute-long episodes, which introduce new characters and hint at upcoming storylines.
The episodes started airing on the official Family Channel YouTube on July 27, 2018, and are currently available on The Next Step's official YouTube channel in all countries excluding Canada and the U.S.A.
- Shelby Bain as Amy
- Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle
- Alexandra Beaton as Emily
- Alexandra Chaves as Piper
- Myles Erlick as Noah
- Sage Linder as Summer
- Julian Lombardi as Ozzy
- Liam Mackie as Finn
- Briar Nolet as Richelle
- Katie Ortencio as Lily
- Isaiah Peck as Henry
- Berkeley Ratzlaff as Davis
- Dylan Ratzlaff as Jacquie
- Emmerly Tinglin as Kenzie
- Noah Zulfikar as Kingston
- Alexandre Deakin as Ty
- Kelly Fanson as Angela
- Carla Bennett Shara as Stacy Carpenter
- Sanaa Williams as Simone
- Brennan Clost as Daniel
- Dawson Handy as Josh
- Lamar Johnson as West
- Jessica Lord as Lola
- Hanna Miller as Heather
- Milaina Robinson as Zara
|No. in Season||Image||Title|
|1||"Let the Auditions Begin"|
|Dancers, including those from The Next Step, begin auditioning for the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship.|
|Summer dances the emotion "hope" for Stacy Carpenter as Amy, Piper, and Simone look on.|
|Piper is next to audition, but Stacy's suggestion of "embarrassment" for her themed freestyle brings up bad memories. Will nerves get to Piper when auditioning for the scholarship?|
|Amy believes it is now her turn to shine this year, but will she impress Stacy Carpenter and the judges with her freestyle dance interpretation of the emotion "love"?|
|Noah is asked to dance about "leadership" and aims to leave everything on the floor. As the longest-serving member of A-Troupe, could a scholarship to L.A. bring him bigger and better things?|
|After leaving romantic rivalries in the past, Henry has the confidence. But will it be enough for his freestyle dance solo to win the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship?|
|Jacquie is challenged to dance the emotion "jealousy" in her audition for the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship, but is determined to not let sibling rivalry with Davis get the better of her. Meanwhile, Henry and Noah wonder about the future of The Next Step Studio.|
|Davis is asked by Stacy to dance about "connection" - but why are she and her sister Jacquie so hesitant to share a dance studio?|
|Lily, daughter of The Fixer Miss Angela, attempts to impress Stacy Carpenter in a dance audition showing off her "humility" - something she has little of.|
|In baby ballet and beyond, "basement dancer" Kingston has been working hard to improve his abilities. But will it be enough to win Stacy Carpenter's scholarship?|
|We don't think Finn prepped enough for this audition.|
|Kenzie is full of self-belief, but will that be enough to secure the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship?|
|Did Ozzy ruin his own chances during his Stacy Carpenter Scholarship audition? Talking so much about a video game might get him in trouble...|
|Michelle and Emily visit a recovering Richelle in the hospital while the rest of A-Troupe is auditioning for the Stacy Carpenter Scholarship. But why are they acting weird?|
The nature of the season reveals information about the current and upcoming characters:
- Miss Angela is a "fixer".
- Through her work as a fixer, Miss Angela has won eight Regionals, four Nationals and two Internationals.
- Jacquie has an older sister named Davis, who is also a dancer.
- After The Next Step Dance Studio qualified for Regionals, Kate shut down the studio for three weeks.
- Lily is Miss Angela's daughter.
- Ozzy's full name is Oswald.
- Michelle and Emily are no longer co-studio heads of The Next Step.
- Richelle has recovered from her snapping hip syndrome.