This is about the future—my future.

Riley, in Talking Heads

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"Welcome to the Jungle" is the 4th episode in Season 4 of The Next Step and the 98th episode overall. It aired on March 4, 2016.


The new A-Troupe is uncovered. Hoping to relieve the nerves of her fellow freshman, Piper decides to form a club. When Riley is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, she must make a difficult decision.


Kate enters Studio A and beckons A-Troupe, of which contains Michelle, Richelle, Alfie, Sloane, Piper, Noah, Amy, Henry, Skylar, LaTroy, Cassie, and Riley. The dancers perform a group dance, during which they also perform solos. their solo, the dancer comments on why they dance.

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Cierra accuses Skylar of being selfish for deciding to dance on A-Troupe.

While sitting in Java Junction, Cierra confronts Skylar about her decision to stay on the troupe, despite Cierra not making it. Cierra accuses Skylar of being selfish, although Skylar tells Cierra that she is the one being selfish because she doesn't want her to follow her dream of being on A-Troupe. Cierra angrily storms off and Skylar confesses that she should have never agreed to the pact, but that she would have never expected only one of them to make it onto the troupe.

Amanda performs a solo in Studio A and confesses that that she has decided to leave The Next Step. As she dances, Riley enters and watches her perform. Riley confesses that she still can't believe that Kate didn't let Amanda audition, with Amanda confessing that there is no more she can do to convince Kate. When Amanda finishes dancing, Riley reveals how weird A-Troupe is with all of the new faces, Amanda retorts that at least gets to dance. Despite how hard it will be, Amanda realizes she must leave. Meanwhile, Piper nervously paces in the Rehearsal Room, waiting for Sloane, Cassie, and Amy. When they arrive, Piper asks the girls how nervous they are. The girls initially lie that they are not nervous, but eventually admit that they have nerves ranging from 91.7% to 96%. Upon this, Piper decides to create the Zero Percent Club in an attempt to get their nerves down to zero percent.

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Kate offers Riley the spot of studio head.

Cierra is packing up the things from her cubbie when Riley enters Kate's office. Kate tells Riley she has been offered a job as a judge on a new reality television dance show in the U.K. Since she will be there indefinitely, Kate offers Riley the position of studio head, shocking both Riley and Cierra, who is eavesdropping. Kate tells Riley that she will need to know her decision by the day's end. Cierra realizes that she has another shot at being on A-Troupe if Riley takes the position of studio head as there will be an open spot. Subsequently, Cierra tells Skylar about the situation and asks her to put in a good word for her to Riley, which Skylar begrudgingly agrees to.

Skylar approaches Riley in Java Junction and tells her that she should consider Cierra for the open spot on A-Troupe, shocking Riley at the quick circulation of news in the studio. Riley tells Skylar that if she takes the position of studio head, she will consider Cierra for the open spot. Skylar thanks her and refers to her as "Miss Riley," making Riley feel old.

Sloane suggests that she and the other girls talk about their fears. Piper reveals that she fears that people think she is on A-Troupe just because she is James' little sister, although the girls assure her that that they didn't even know who James was until she told them. Cassie admits that she fears she will have to stop dancing as a result of persistent growth, although the girls assure her that her extension will always be insane. Sloane admits that she is scared that she will have trouble with contemporary choreography because she is a hip-hop dancer, but is assured that she can be assisted by the others. Lastly, Amy admits that is scared she'll forget the choreography and mess up the entire dance. The girls laugh together as they realize that such a fear will never go away.

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Amanda and Michelle exchange a look.

Riley tells Amanda and Michelle that Kate will be leaving and has offered her to be the new studio head, shocking Amanda and Michelle. Riley reveals that if she accepts the spot she won't be able to dance on A-Troupe but also admits that after competing at Internationals she feels like she has nothing left to prove with her dancing. Amanda tells Riley that part of her wants her to take the job so that she has a shot at being back on the troupe, but that she also wants Riley to follow her heart. Michelle agrees also urges Riley to do what will make her happy.

Riley is contemplating alone in Studio A when James accompanies her and asks her what she is thinking about. Riley reveals that she feels like if she takes the job as studio head, the years that she has spent honing her skills as a dancer will mean nothing. James assures her that those skills have led up to her being able to run the best studio in the world and urges her to take the position, but assures her that whatever she chooses, he will be behind her. Meanwhile, the Zero Percent Club makes friendship bracelets, then dances together.

Cierra and Amanda sit in Java Junction, both wishing to have the empty spot on A-Troupe. In Kate's office, Riley finally takes the position of studio head and is asked who she wishes to take her spot.



  • Before introducing the new A-Troupe members, Kate yells "Let's do this!" like she does in "Everybody Dance Now" before introducing the A-Troupe members.
  • Kate refers to Riley as "Get It Done Girl" a nickname that Riley has been referred to in "Road to Joy."
  • When Riley is introduced as a member of A-Troupe, footage of her dancing during her audition in "Get the Party Started" is shown.


  • Kate refers to Riley as "Get Her Done Girl" instead of "Get It Done Girl", the nickname that she called her in "Road to Joy".

Cultural references

  • The title of the episode refers to a song by Guns N' Roses of the same name.




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