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Previously on The Next Step.
You know, running the studio is a full-time job,
you won't be able to dance with A-Troupe as well.
So who will replace me?
That's up to you.
-I'm Sloane, and I'm on A-Troupe.
My biggest fear is not being able to do the contemporary dances
as well as you guys.
I need to keep my spot on the team.
I have to show everyone that I can do it all.
All I need is one chance to prove I belong.
-Are you wondering the same thing I'm wondering?
-I think so.
This is my first decision as head of the studio,
and I have to make it count.
Who have you decided to take your spot?
I've decided that the dancer who will take my spot is Amanda.
Are you sure about that?
I can't believe that Riley is choosing Amanda
to replace her on A-Troupe.
It's a horrible idea.
Amanda is clearly not committed to The Next Step.
I don't think that's a wise choice.
I've given this a lot of thought
and there are so many new people on A-Troupe that I think we should
give the spot to an experienced dancer,
someone who's already proven themselves to the team.
Well, you said it was my decision.
And if you want me to be studio head, then Amanda takes my spot.
I admire your decisiveness, even if I don't agree with you,
and that's what will make a great studio head.
I'll go get some keys cut for you.
Riley, moving up to the big chair.
You know what? I am so ready for this.
# We are gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place
# Stand up! #
Right now, I need to tell the dancers that I'm
the new head of The Next Step.
I'm nervous, but excited.
But mostly nervous.
Sorry, can I just get your attention?
I have an announcement to make.
So, Miss Kate actually decided to take a judging job
on a reality show,
so she asked me to take over as studio head.
-Yes, that's awesome.
No-one cares about The Next Step more than Riley does.
Miss Kate definitely made the right choice.
So, does that mean that we have to call you Miss Riley from now on?
No. No, call me Miss Kate.
I'm kidding, just call me Riley. Just Riley.
Doesn't that mean that there's a spot open on A-Troupe?
Yes, it does,
and I've decided to give that spot to Amanda.
I thought that everyone would be excited to see me,
but this is awkward.
She didn't even audition.
No, but as studio head, I made the decision on my own,
because that's what I do.
Cierra and a lot of other amazing dancers didn't make the team,
and now Amanda doesn't have to audition.
What's up with that?
Amanda deserved a spot on A-Troupe.
Miss Kate made a mistake, so I corrected it.
-So good to see you.
-Good to have you back.
-Hey, so good to have you here.
OK, let's just warm up and get ready for rehearsal.
My friends seem glad to see me, but this isn't exactly a warm welcome.
I'm going to have to prove myself all over again.
So I didn't exactly get the warmest welcome when you announced that I was the new member of A-Troupe.
What are you talking about?
OK, yeah, no, it was pretty bad.
I think it's because I didn't audition, so I didn't prove myself.
I mean, I'd be happy to do it in front of everyone.
No, no, that's so not necessary.
My decision is final. Plus, I need A-Troupe solidified right now
-because there are way too many things to worry about.
I just found out that there's this qualifier for regionals.
This year, there are only eight teams allowed at regionals.
There are four spots available in the first qualifier,
three spots in the second and only one spot available in the final
qualifying round. The first one's a trio competition, so now I have to
figure out the best three dancers to represent The Next Step.
But keep it on the down low,
I don't want anyone else finding out just yet.
This trio competition gives me a great idea.
I think I know how to prove to everyone that I belong on A-Troupe.
Michelle, I've been looking for you everywhere.
Everywhere? Well, not in here, because I'm here.
-So what's up?
-I just found out that there is a qualifier for regionals
and we need to do a trio. So do you want to do one with me?
After last year, I know Michelle wants to prove herself to the team.
Maybe we can help each other out.
I actually already heard about the trio competition.
Well, news travels fast at The Next Step, you know that.
This is the first I'm hearing about this trio competition,
but I don't want to be an alternate this year.
I know it's selfish, but I want to team up with the best dancers,
and I know Amanda's not one of them.
OK, so who's in your trio?
Noah and Cassie, one of the new girls.
OK, I guess I'll just ask someone else to be in my trio then.
OK, good idea.
I'll see you later.
I hope all the best dancers aren't already spoken for.
If I'm going to prove that I belong on A-Troupe,
I need to put a trio together right away.
Hey, Noah. Can I talk to you?
Yeah, sure. What's up?
Well, there's an upcoming trio competition,
and since you are the best dancer in the studio...
-I just want to know if you'd want to be in a trio with me?
Michelle was just asking me to be in a trio with her.
But I thought you were already in a trio with Noah.
Wow, that was awkward.
I just had to aerial out of a very uncomfortable situation.
You know, maybe we should just talk about the trios later and just focus
on stretching right now and wait for Riley just to...
So ignore the fact that you lied to me?
I didn't lie to you.
No, you did.
I have an explanation. I just don't want to talk about it
-in front of everyone.
-But you were just talking about it to Noah.
What's that all about?
Apparently there's this trio competition,
and Michelle wants me to be on her team.
-Did you hear that? Trio competition.
So we should totally partner up.
Yeah, for sure.
Hey. So, do you guys want to partner up for the trio competition?
OK, so I have some news.
About the trio competition?
Yeah. How did you know that?
We started making our groups.
Oh, no. You guys don't decide that, I decide that.
Since I became studio head.
The trios will be...
Alfie, Amy and Cassie.
Richelle, Michelle and Amanda.
Piper, Noah and Sloane.
And LaTroy, Henry and Skylar.
I've been kind of put on the spot, so I just grouped the trios
by whoever was standing next to each other.
I hope no-one notices.
Michelle was the first person I wanted on my trio.
Now she's the last person I want to dance with.
This trio is going to be a disaster.
We have been stretching for 20 minutes in silence.
Amanda and I need to be able to compete in the trio competition
together. I need to clear the air. How long is this going to go on for?
As long as it needs to.
-And how long is that?
Why don't you come back then and apologise?
Richelle, do you mind leaving the room for a minute?
Why didn't you want to be in a trio with me?
The truth is, I didn't want to dance with you
because you're not the strongest dancer on A-Troupe.
-And you were an alternate last year.
-So were you!
I know, so why would you ever want to dance with me?
I don't know, maybe because we're friends?
Just because we're friends doesn't mean we have to dance together.
We should be dancing with the strongest dancers,
that way we can become stronger.
I appreciate Michelle being honest with me,
and I understand why she didn't want to team up.
She's right - we'll never get better if we don't challenge ourselves.
-Michelle, you could have just told me the truth.
-I didn't want to
-tell you the truth because I didn't want to hurt your feelings.
Because we're friends.
OK, I'm going to go get Richelle.
OK. I'm so happy I cleared the air with Amanda.
No-one needs this win more than we do.
Now we can focus on choreographing a great trio.
-Oh, hey, what's up?
How's your group rehearsal going?
We're just about to meet up. What about you?
I'm actually supposed to be with them right now,
but I'm thinking of bailing.
I don't really want to be in a trio with Noah and Piper.
Wait, are you serious?
Noah and Piper are two of the studio's strongest dancers -
you have a great chance of winning this competition with them.
Not if I mess it up for them.
I can only do hip-hop, and from what I saw at the auditions,
they're technical dancers.
Sloane, we're on A-Troupe now.
We have to learn how to work with new types of people and new styles
of dance. I'll have your back when you're dancing out there,
and I know you'll have mine.
You got this. You're Sloane, Super Sloane.
-You got it.
-All right, well...
I got to get to my rehearsal, so...
Yeah, I'm going to do that too, actually.
That's my girl.
All right, so we go...
We can, like, land there or something. What do you think?
Wow. LaTroy was wrong.
There's no way I can pull off a move like that.
-I'm not really feeling that.
-OK, let's try something different.
I'm down. Yes.
-I don't know, I'd just fall on my face if I did that.
Sloane's being really negative.
Sloane, what's up?
I can't do what you guys do.
I'm going to look like a fool in front of the whole studio.
Sloane, we talked about this.
Do you think you're the best dancer you're ever going to be right now?
No, of course not. I'm not either.
We're constantly improving.
Noah, how many times did you fall on your face when you first started
-Oh, I fell several times on my face.
Yeah, and I'll probably fall on my face when I do it too.
There you go, that's it.
OK. Sloane, you try.
-Give it a shot.
-I can try.
Yes! Yeah, that's it.
-That's basically it.
Yeah, if I did that a bunch of times I could probably get it.
-Yeah, of course.
Anyway, we should do some tutting.
-I'm so down, that would look so sick in the dance.
The only thing is that Piper and I have no idea how to tut,
so you're going to have to teach us.
-Oh, yeah, no problem. For sure I'll show you.
So, let's do something like...
And you can go here.
That's so sick. OK, go a little slower.
OK. So, you start like this, you make a box.
I'm really starting to feel better about this dance.
Between my hip-hop and their technique,
I think this trio is going to be sick.
Everyone has had the day to rehearse their trios, and now it's time
to decide who will represent The Next Step at the qualifier.
We decided that the best approach for our dance is to tell a story
-with our choreo.
-Alfie's the handsome prince, Amy's the peasant girl,
and I'm the fairy godmother bringing them together.
If this doesn't get Riley's attention, I don't know what will.
This is my first official dance on A-Troupe,
and I really hope it has a happy ending.
This trio is so emotional and has so many tricks.
Our trio is so bland compared to this.
They have a storyline, they have everything.
It's so intimidating to watch.
I hope the other dancers are paying attention, because it's going to be hard to top that.
They had a whole storyline.
I know, she was Cinderella, he was the prince.
We just saw the first trio perform and it was incredible.
There is no way our dance is going to beat that.
-What are we going to do?
-I honestly don't know.
We can't add a storyline.
I'll just add some acro!
When you guys do the turns after the beat drops - it'll be great.
Can you just show us, so that we have an idea?
Yeah. I'll add a little bit of this...
..then a little bit of this
and a dash of this.
-I mean, something along those lines, probably not exactly that.
-Yeah, it's fine.
This dance is turning into the Richelle show.
But I don't think we have a choice.
We need to step it up.
So, next trio.
Noah, Piper and I combined our dance styles into a really cool concept.
In this dance, I'm Mother Time and Noah and Piper are little kids.
As I count time forward, Piper and Noah grow up, and they fall in love.
I knew it! Sloane is killing this dance.
She looks technically proficient.
Sloane is an amazing dance partner.
We taught her some contemporary, and she taught us some killer hip-hop.
Together, we are an unstoppable team.
I love dancing outside my comfort zone.
Who would have thought I could tut?
Maybe I was a pharaoh in a past life.
Amazing. All right, Skylar, your trio is ready?
Yeah, all good. Sloane really upped her game,
but there is no way she's going to dance better than me.
We worked so hard on this choreo.
There's no question about it.
We have definitely got this.
This dance is very impressive, just like every other dance so far.
It's going to be really hard deciding who wins.
Great job, guys. All right, last trio.
Are you guys ready? Sweet.
I'm glad our dance is going really well.
But honestly, it's a bit discouraging.
Richelle is brand-new to A-Troupe and she's already better than me
and Amanda. I feel like I'm right back where I was at internationals.
This isn't exactly what I had in mind when we started,
but as long as I'm on the winning team,
I guess I don't care if Richelle is the focus of the dance.
That was amazing. Thank you, guys.
I'm going to look over everything and then I'll let you guys know
when I've made my decision.
Riley's about to announce the trio for the qualifier,
and I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I really think Noah,
Piper and I have a real shot at this.
OK, so after looking everything over,
I've decided on the three dancers to represent The Next Step
at the qualifier. The final trio is going to be...
How can Riley take me off of my trio?
Was I really that bad?
Look, the most important thing is that The Next Step is
represented well at the qualifier. And, in my opinion, I just think
that those are the best three dancers that will do that.
I can't believe what just happened.
I put myself out there.
I put my whole heart into this team...
..and Riley took it away from me,
just like that.
# We are gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place
# You can never fade us out
# Don't even ask the DJ
# Everybody knows we own this sound. #
Riley assigns a trio competition to prepare for the first regionals qualifier, which leads to drama amongst the dancers.