The winner of Taking the Next Step travels to Canada to claim their prize, a guest role on The Next Step.
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The winner of Taking The Next Step is...
Over 2,300 dancers applied,
and after weeks of auditions
across the length and breadth of the country...
..three finalists performed in front of the Taking The Next Step judges
for the last time,
for the chance to win the opportunity of a lifetime -
a guest role on the smash hit Canadian TV show The Next Step.
But there could only be one winner.
This is Taking The Next Step: The Winner's Story.
You are going to be on The Next Step! Yes!
Hold it in the air, mate. Hold it in the air!
Three weeks after Harrison was crowned
Taking The Next Step champion,
we're off to Toronto, Canada.
MUSIC: Best Day by Lost & Found Music Studios
I'm in Toronto, Canada! Woo!
Harrison, we've made it to Toronto. We're officially...
-I like that we've found a beach and some deck chairs.
-This is great, isn't it?
-So let's cast our minds back.
How does it feel, for a start, to be here?
Can you believe that you've made it? You're the winner.
Like, it... I don't feel like I'm the winner.
It just still hasn't near sunk in that I've won Taking The Next Step,
and that I'm going to be on The Next Step and I'm in Canada.
Like, it just hasn't sunk in.
But it's amazing here.
Well, speaking of which, it IS amazing here.
And I think, rather than sit on the beach all day,
-we should go have a look at the city.
-Are you up for it?
-Come on, buddy.
First stop, the Science Centre.
We couldn't come all the way to Toronto
without a tour of the sights.
-Look up there!
-It IS massive.
And that, my friend, is the CN Tower.
-Do you want to go to the top?
-Yeah, I do.
-Shall we do it?
Yeah. Come on, let's go. It's going to be amazing!
-Look at that view. I know.
-Isn't that stunning?
-It's so cool.
That is a long way down. I feel a bit sick.
-It's quite hard on a glass floor, isn't it?
So Harrison, the cool thing about sitting here is,
if we look out the window,
-see the road where it kind of curves around to the left up there?
-That is The Next Step studio.
That's where you're going to be this time tomorrow, filming.
How does that make you feel?
Like, it makes me feel a bit nervous, but, you know, excited
because I just can't wait to meet the cast.
Be honest. Are you going to play it cool? I'm worried you're not.
I think I'll try to play it cool, but it just won't look cool.
I'm not going to play it cool.
And after a whizz around the zoo, it was time to turn our thoughts
-I don't know about you, but I am exhausted.
-Yeah, I am too.
-Have you enjoyed seeing Toronto?
-Yeah, it's been absolutely amazing.
I think we're going to be very tired tonight,
but tomorrow is the big day.
How are you feeling about it?
At the start of today, I was feeling very nervous,
cos I was thinking about it a lot.
But as the day's gone on, I just can't wait to get there.
Well, listen, I'm excited for you too.
-Get a good night's rest, OK?
-Because tomorrow is A-Troupe time, yeah?
Mate, you're going to be awesome. I'll be there as well, don't worry.
So after a long day spent exploring Toronto, we're off to bed.
Tomorrow, Harrison will set foot in The Next Step studios
for the first time.
But before all that,
let's remind ourselves of his incredible journey to this point.
Harrison, we've had an influx of crazy talent, but let me tell you,
-you just brought it for the boys...
..in the contemporary, and it's really beautiful to see.
That was absolutely brilliant. Flawless, definitely.
Just come get your ticket.
-You're going to Nationals.
-You're going to Nationals, mate.
We're only able to take 30 performers
through to the next challenge.
And those 30 are all of you.
Do you feel like you've done enough?
When I dance, I just feel like... I'm kind of just in the moment,
so I just don't know how I've done
but I just hope I've done enough to get through.
The group choreography challenge was asking a lot from you guys.
You absolutely smashed it.
Group 1, congratulations, you're all through.
Studio A. And there's A-Troupe.
Do you want to be part of A-Troupe?
-OK, I think I know what I have to do.
Congratulations to you guys, you're our top ten!
I just don't feel anything when I dance, like,
I'm just in the moment, really, so fingers crossed it went good.
Harrison, we would absolutely love to have you in the final.
-It's about to go up another level.
-Big studio, big audience.
-It's going to be huge.
-Are you ready for it?
-Yeah, I'm ready for it.
The third and final dancer going through is...
Hoping to convince the judges that he should be on The Next Step,
The winner of Taking The Next Step 2017 is...
What an epic journey it's been.
Back in Toronto, it's a rainy, early start,
but nothing is going to dampen our spirits as Harrison and his mum
have finally arrived at studio.
-After you guys.
-Look at your smile!
And first up, a backstage tour.
You're breathing very deeply. Are you excited?
-Yeah, I'm really excited.
-OK, so here we go.
-It's a little bit dark.
We are officially behind the scenes here.
Looking to your left...
-Whoa, is that the lockers...?
-Isn't it cool?
-Yeah, that's amazing.
It's incredible, isn't it? Is it smaller or bigger than you thought?
-Yeah, it's huge in here, so I think we should keep going.
-Would you like to hang out in the new juice bar?
-It's called Shakes And Ladders. This is what it looks like.
Oh, that's cool! This is amazing.
-It's awesome, isn't it?
-Harrison, come in here.
-Do you think this is real?
-Erm, I don't know.
Can we take some food?
No, wait, hang on. That is rock solid.
-Let's not. A cookie for the road?
Go on. Take a bit of the set home.
A new bit of set round this corner. Check this out.
-This is cool. It's changed a lot, the office.
..which means people at home won't have seen this yet.
-Everything's just new for me.
-Yeah, it's all new for everyone.
-Take it in. This is a proper exclusive, Harrison.
Oh, yeah. What's over here?
-This is, like, the...
-"Isaac wuz here"!
-Isaac plays Eldon.
Eldon's one of my favourite characters.
He's written that there. Are we allowed to sign in the book?
Just sign. Just put your name in.
"Harrison was here."
Very neat writing, Harrison.
Done. You are officially part of the set.
I don't know if that is allowed, but we did it.
-OK, come through here. Check this out.
This is a brand-new studio,
so no-one at home who loves The Next Step
-has ever seen this before.
-The floor's a bit springy.
-It IS springy.
-It's like a springy dance floor.
-It IS a springy dance floor!
-I've never been on one of these before.
Not even in the auditions or anything,
-you've never been on one of these dance floors?
Well, you've got to try it out, then. Come on. Oh, he's off.
I'll let you do your thing, Harrison.
It gets you, like, so much height.
Yeah! Does it feel good?
-Yeah, it feels really good.
-It's amazing, isn't it?
So much better for backflips, I find as well, when I'm doing them(!)
-Yeah. It's so great.
Come on, let's carry on.
-Don't tell anyone you saw this, by the way.
-No, I won't.
Exciting to get a sneak peak at all the new spaces,
but I'm not finished yet.
I've got another surprise up my sleeve for Harrison.
Quiet, but come through this way.
-Do you know what's just behind this door?
-Shall I open it?
-OK, three, two, one...
-Welcome to Studio A!
-It's Studio A!
Welcome to The Next Step.
-How are you?
-Good, thank you.
-It's so good to finally meet you.
-I've heard so much about you.
-Well, I guess, welcome to Studio A.
-Welcome to The Next Step.
-I mean, you've seen this on TV, right?
-Yeah, a lot of times.
-But now, you actually get to see it in person.
-Pretty surreal, right?
Who better to finish the tour than Briar herself?
Well, let me bring you into the office of the studio heads.
It's all, like... If you feel it, it's crazy,
-cos it looks so real on camera...
-..and it's just all built.
I mean, this is changed for this season,
-but it kind of looks cool, eh?
-Yeah, really cool.
-This desk is usually always in here.
-So, when they film...
-It's more colourful.
It is. They have some colourful stuff.
Studio A has seen some amazing performances over the years,
and soon it will be Harrison's turn to take to the dance floor.
So, Harrison, as if your time here could get any better, come this way.
I've got a very special friend for you to meet.
This is Amy, head choreographer and producer of The Next Step.
-How are you?
-Good, thank you.
And you've actually seen Harrison dancing before?
-In video form.
Yes, they shared with me your final solo,
-and it was really exciting to watch...
-..so I think they picked a fantastic winner.
Listen, I'm going to leave you guys to it,
cos you've got a lot of work to get done, OK?
So have fun and good luck.
I don't think he's going to stop smiling ever.
I know, He hasn't... It's good, it's good. It's exciting.
Enjoy it. Have fun.
Amy has been studying Harrison's dance style,
and together, they will choreograph his routine for The Next Step.
-So, what we always start with is the script.
-Here you go.
-What number are you?
Harrison is going to play the role of Oliver, who is Chloe's assistant.
-You get to be in a scene with Chloe.
Her real name's Jennie Pappas, and she's absolutely lovely.
She's so excited to meet you.
Basically, you find Studio A empty,
-so you seize the moment...
-..to steal the dance floor.
-So it's your own private, joyful moment.
-And we'll just bring it to the floor.
-OK, let's go.
So what we usually do is figure out where you want to start.
One, you could start at the centre, and we have a couple of options...
-So if you want... I think it's kind of cool,
because you're taking this moment in Studio A,
so you could come in and look around.
We could even, if you want to, come over here and be like "Whee!"
Having won Taking The Next Step,
Harrison is used to a last-minute challenge,
but with only a few hours to practise in Studio A with Amy,
the pressure is really on to create this entire performance
Do you know what? He's doing so well.
He's taken to this so naturally, and they're really getting on as a team.
Watching them build this dance is making me really proud.
Yeah, let me come at... I'm trying to come behind...
OK, five, six, seven, eight...
Ska, ska, ha! Yeah.
Word is out that Harrison is in Studio A,
and a few of the cast have come along to see how he's getting on.
Alex, you've just been in there,
-and you've actually seen Harrison dance.
-Yes, for the first time.
-How's he getting on?
-He's doing really well.
It's such a weird thing with dancers, I think,
-when they first step into Studio A. It can really shock them.
It's bigger than you expect. But he's doing a really good job.
-This is Harrison.
-Nice to meet you!
-Taking The Next Step?
-You must be really good.
A-Troupe material, I assume.
-Can you freestyle?
Isaiah plays Henry,
who is one of the best break dancers on A-Troupe,
and he's agreed to teach Harrison one of his signature moves.
Put your weight on your left hand like this.
You're going to kick your bottom leg out,
and you're going to put this leg over it.
So, you're doing this with your feet in the air.
Yeah, exactly. Now, when you kick, it's going to go up like this.
Do that again. Let me see what that looks like.
I'll try and do it slowly.
You kind of want to hook that leg on top of it.
So, you're putting... It's kind of like...
Hey, there we go! Now stick it. Stick that freeze.
Boom! Woo! That's what's up. Sweet.
Harrison is having a great time rehearsing in Studio A.
But there is plenty more still to be done
before he's ready to make his debut on The Next Step.
Five, six, seven and pose!
Oh, sweet! You've milked that.
That was amazing! I've just been watching your rehearsal.
-That was incredible.
-How have you guys been getting on, OK?
-Good, yeah, yeah.
-He's done a great job.
-What's he like to work with?
Trouble. I'm just kidding, I'm just kidding.
He's amazing. We also - I don't know if you caught -
we threw in a little...James moves.
-OK. James reference.
-Moves for Trevor.
-Yep, and some Eldon.
-Some of your favourites.
-Listen, that was incredible.
-Can you teach me the moves?
No, I'm joking. I could never do that.
All right. Let's get water.
A lot of practice before tomorrow.
-You're on camera.
Three cameras will cover it.
And it lasts for ever.
-OK, break a leg.
-Well done, well done, buddy.
Give me a hug. Ah, so good.
-All right, cool.
See you. Thanks, Harrison.
Harrison's character Oliver will need to act as well as dance,
so it's time for a behind-the-scenes look at an actual scene being shot.
-How cool's that?
-I know! Yeah.
-This is access all areas.
-Can you hear it?
The producers of The Next Step are on hand to give Harrison a bit more
information about his character, Oliver.
-Nice to meet you.
I'm one of the executive producers on the show.
So, I will be behind the camera and helping to direct
-kind of what you do tomorrow.
-Yeah. So, are you excited?
-Yeah, I'm really excited.
Oh, good, good. So, do you have any questions?
Is there anything I can help you out with?
So, what's my character's personality like?
We kind of imagined Oliver as an eager, happy-go-lucky guy.
You look up to Chloe.
Always a go-getter. Really loves Chloe,
looks up to Chloe, wants to help any way you can.
So, you're going to be her assistant.
-What does he need to do tonight?
Do these lines that he does -
do they need to be in his head?
Not necessarily the lines, but know your story and know your character.
-So that when we get on set, it doesn't matter what you say,
cos you'll know the story, so you'll just know what you need to say to
-make that story come to life.
-Can't wait for it.
-Are you excited?
-I'm really excited.
-Aw, we're so happy to have you.
-Yeah, you're doing great.
And, like every character in The Next Step,
Harrison needs a costume to make Oliver come to life.
-That looks great.
-Looks very nice.
-I'm into this one.
This is great. Do you like it?
Good. Just going to hem it a little bit, it's a bit long.
Very good, young man.
-You can get changed.
You're all done. Oliver's ready.
Yep. Oliver's ready.
Well done, buddy.
So, Harrison, end of day one on set.
-It's been awesome, hasn't it?
-Yeah, it's been amazing.
And in terms of seeing everyone at work, and meeting them,
has that kind of inspired you for filming tomorrow?
Yeah, it's, like, really inspired me to see the way they just take on
every correction and just fix it straight away.
-Like, they're so professional.
-How are you feeling about the dance?
Yeah, it's coming along really well.
I'm just so excited to film it.
Like, I'm going to work hard on it tonight, but obviously
I need to get a good night's sleep as well.
-You do. You just want to do it now, don't you?
-You're going to smash it.
So, it's finally the big day at The Next Step studios,
and I can only imagine how nervous Harrison's feeling right now.
I'm going to go check out how he's getting on.
Whoa! That's my favourite move you do, by the way.
Now, I know you're a bit nervous,
but luckily I've found someone who may be able to calm your nerves just
-a little bit.
-You might recognise her.
Oh, my God!
-Hi, I'm Harrison.
-So nice to meet you in person.
Alex has played Piper since series four of The Next Step,
so hopefully she'll be able to put Harrison's nerves at ease.
So, who are your scenes with?
I've got Noah and Chloe.
My first scene was with Noah and Rochelle.
I remember I was so nervous, I was walking back and forth.
But they were like, "Don't worry, Alex, it's all going to be OK."
So, you're going to love them.
They're so fun to work with.
I feel like this has been good.
I wasn't helping calm you down, but this has really helped.
Yeah, you just have to relax and just be in the moment.
Like, "Yes!" And you deserve to be here, too.
You have worked so hard.
With the crew all in position and the cameras ready to roll,
it's finally time for Harrison to do his dance.
I think you're dancing first.
-I think that's why you're in your warm-up stuff,
-and they're going to let you warm up and dance...
All right, Harrison, can you talk to me? Count for me?
-You can tell me what you had for breakfast.
Time for one final sound check.
..four, five, six, seven, eight.
All right, you're good to go.
They'll do quite a few different passes,
-which means a few different goes at it.
And you're going to dance first, and then talk, OK?
-So, don't worry.
For now, just focus on the dance.
-I'll take your script. If you need it, I'll be right here.
All right, guys, so we've got a new cast member. Harrison came
-all the way from England for this.
You can carry these in with you, and we're going to have you
-put them on on camera, OK?
-So, you just carry those
right in, and then we're going to figure that out, OK?
-So, this here is Jenny, playing Chloe.
-Hi, nice to meet you.
-You too. Thank you.
So, we have other scenes we're going to shoot after this,
where you've already been here, everyone was working on
their ballet routine.
-And you've come back to get her purse,
but really have you come back for that,
or maybe you've come more for...
-The dance. Right, of course.
He's doing so well.
He's been thrown in at the deep end, no rehearsals.
So he's just trying to warm up, and one of the cameraman just said,
"Good job, buddy," so that's good.
-You can't go wrong.
There's no wrong in this show,
cos we're all who we are.
# We are who we are... #
348, take one.
Months of hard work have led
Harrison to this point.
# Take a break
# You're so caught up,
# You're going to trip until you downfall, uh oh
# Come out to play
# You worry so much about making it
# You're missing it all, uh oh
# If it's gonna be the best day of your life
# Gonna be, gonna be the best day
# But you better make it last all night
# Hey, yeah, don't you know
# Some day you're gonna hear us on the radio
# Hey, yeah, don't you know
# It happens so fast these days
# I've gotta take it slow
# Ooh, ooh, ooh...
# Like a star, the rise and the fall
# From so far, we are so small
# It's something that is against the wall
# Don't worry, don't worry at all. #
Oh, that was amazing!
-I knew you couldn't resist this studio.
-It just... It just has that magic, doesn't it?
Oh, THERE'S your bag.
Thank you. Well, what do you say we get to it?
He did so well.
I want to cry.
A tear came down my...
..cheek. He's adorable.
He's just... The joy, the heart that he has, it just
-comes through in all of his dance.
Phew. That's the first take done and I can relax.
I wonder how Harrison feels.
-That was amazing.
-Do you feel good?
-Yeah, really good.
-Smile more, though.
-Cos you always smile,
and I think cos you're nervous you're not smiling.
-It was incredible.
So good. Did you have fun?
Yeah, I had so much fun.
You can take a deep breath now.
Harrison really nailed his first performance,
but there's no time to rest.
It's straight back into studio A for another take, and some of the cast
have come to watch.
# Hey, now, don't you know
# Some day you're gonna hear us on the radio
# Hey, yeah, don't you know
# It happens so fast
# These days, I got to take it slow. #
So, guys, how do you think Harrison's getting on?
Cos he was a little bit nervous when the day started.
I think he's doing really well.
I mean, it is, like, intimidating, obviously,
coming on to set the first time if you've never been here before,
but I watched him dance and he was so beautiful.
It's quite hard for Harrison,
cos he's a little bit starstruck,
cos he's a big fan of the show.
-Which is awesome.
-We're so happy to have him here.
Seeing his journey throughout this competition, he has been incredible
from start to finish, so I felt a little bit of a wet eye when I was
-It's taken a lot to get here.
It's good, I'm really happy for him.
Do you think the right person won? BOTH: I think so.
I mean, amazing dancer, huge fan of the show,
what better person to be here with us today?
-Hi, I'm Harrison.
Welcome to the show.
You were fantastic.
-It was so good.
So, Harrison, we're going to change you out in another outfit,
so you can head to the sound check to get your mic taken off and
-you'll put another outfit on and we'll put mic back on.
But the work doesn't stop there.
After a quick costume change,
Harrison is ready to share the screen
with his idols from The Next Step.
Is everything OK?
Oh, yeah, it's great, I was just thinking how far you've come since
you've been in J-Troupe, like, you're so fantastic.
-Are you serious?
Harrison, how's it going?
-You're doing so well.
-It's going really good.
-I'm really enjoying it.
-You seem to have chilled a bit,
cos at the start of the day your hand was like this.
I was really nervous,
like just to be here with the cast and actually to be on The Next Step,
but now it's like kind of sinking in a bit, and I'm getting used to it now.
-Is it cool, hanging out with these people?
Cos I know you really look up to them as dancers. You're obsessed
-with the show, aren't you?
So what's it like hanging with them?
It's just so, like, unreal, like, being with them and stuff,
it's just the best experience ever.
Listen, you've got to get back on set. Good luck.
You're doing so great. Well done.
No guest appearance would be complete without
Harrison - sorry, Oliver -
shooting a scene on The Next Step chair.
So, when I dance, I couldn't even describe how it feels, like.
It's like the whole world just stops and I'm the only one moving,
and I'm just dancing my heart out.
No-one else is watching me - literally,
I don't see anyone's face while I'm dancing,
because I'm just in the moment and it's what I love to do.
Harrison has only been part of The Next Step team for two days,
but the cast and crew have all been amazing.
Everybody, listen up.
It's time to say goodbye to someone who travelled a very,
very long way to work with us. Harrison, welcome to The Next Step.
Harrison was amazing.
He has a natural talent, natural ability,
he took direction really well, and he totally understood
what he was doing, he understood his character.
Any tweaks we gave him, he corrected.
-..calling my name.
-Oh, your bag.
And, I mean, he brought himself to it, which is really important, too.
That's kind of how our whole show operates,
is everybody kind of brings themself to the role, and he did that.
He was, yeah, he was great.
-Did you have fun?
-Yeah, I had so much fun.
-Best experience ever.
-This is from all of us.
Aw, thank you so much!
Thank you for coming. It was so nice to meet you.
-Aw, thank you.
-Sorry, my sweater's...
Hi again. You were amazing, dude.
-Thanks for being my assistant.
You were amazing.
Amazing, amazing job, congratulations.
Oh, Harrison, how was that?
-That was amazing.
-Best day of your life?
Was it what you expected?
Um, in ways it was like what I expected,
but in ways it wasn't,
like, it was just different, and also the same, but, yeah,
I just can't believe I'm actually here.
It's been the best experience ever.
You've been incredible over the last few weeks and months throughout this
competition. What's the whole journey been like and what's it
-meant to you?
-It's been just mixed emotions.
Not only, like, have I grew as a dancer,
but the friends I've made along the way, especially, like, The Next Step
cast, Taking The Next Step, all the kids, and you.
-Everyone! It's been, like, a really, really good journey.
If you had to choose your best moment,
your best bit of this whole experience, what would it be?
My best bits of, like, taking The Next Step was probably the finals,
and also making friends with everyone,
and then my favourite bit of, like, The Next Step journey is probably
just being with the cast and being part of, like, The Next Step.
I think you should be really proud of yourself.
You have been phenomenal throughout.
So, as a treat, we are in Shakes And Ladders.
-Shall we go get a milkshake?
Come on, let's do it.
So there you have it.
Over 2,300 dancers applied, but only Harrison made it all the way here
to Canada. His dreams have come true and now that he's finished filming,
he is truly part of The Next Step family.
The winner of Taking the Next Step, CBBC's UK-wide search to find Britain's best young dancer, travels to Canada to claim their prize, a guest role on Canadian TV show The Next Step.