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After we lost regionals, Miss Kate promised us big changes.
This new studio is just the beginning.
So clean and pretty.
Studio One is a fresh and inspiring space.
It's exactly what we need to get TNS back on top.
It's been eight months since we lost and now we're getting ready for
regionals all over again.
Today is A-Troupe auditions and no-one's spot is safe.
So many people decided to move on after we lost regionals.
No more Cassie.
No more Alfie.
I don't think we met. I'm Noah. Pleased to meet you.
-Pleased to meet you.
'After Amanda and I broke up'
I never thought the studio would be the same.
Seeing people from B-troupe and even dancers
from other studios audition, I think we'll be OK.
So have you heard anything about who the new studio head will be?
I haven't heard anything.
Riley stepped down and decided to go to business school instead.
And I honestly think that's a very good choice for her.
It'll be really interesting to see who's going to take over this huge job.
-What's your style?
-I usually do a lot of waves, ticks,
you know, do a little solo.
-Ah, so you've got that popping going on?
I just moved here from the country.
And to be honest, I've never seen so many great dancers in one place.
Making A-Troupe isn't going to be easy.
Coming into this new space is great.
I mean I'm returning to The Next Step for another season.
I just feel so different though, without the old A-Troupe,
without my old friends.
It'll take some getting used to.
-I didn't know you were auditioning.
I'm so happy you're here.
Oh, I thought you knew.
Everyone, gather round.
As most of you know, I'm Emily.
Former A-Troupe member
and former dance captain and now your new studio head.
Guess who's back.
Miss Kate put me in charge of the studio because
of how poorly The Next Step performed last year.
I'm here to get the studio into shape and return
us to our former glory.
-I think Emily will make a great studio head.
Last year, she came in right when we needed her and saved the day, so,
when we have her the entire year, we'll definitely be unstoppable.
I have one more big announcement to make.
I've also gone ahead and hired the best choreographer in the business.
Everyone, please welcome
CHEERING AND WHOOPING
Welcome to the A-Troupe auditions.
Being head choreographer of The Next Step is surreal.
It kind of feels like I have totally come full circle from when I first
made it into A-Troupe.
We plan to have the best A-Troupe
The Next Step has ever seen.
I'm in disbelief
that Emily is the new studio head.
We used to be on the same team.
And now I have to answer to her?
I don't know.
This is way too much for me to handle.
You're looking better from the last time I saw you.
Man, I actually met this girl at these ballet workshops I was doing.
-I really like her but we're not dating or anything.
But she might be coming to the auditions today.
-And hey, who knows? If we're on the same team.
-Exactly. How've you been though?
-It's going to be good.
-I'm so excited for the auditions today,
but I'm really surprised to see Henry here.
It's kind of awkward because we haven't spoken in years.
Jacquie. How are you doing?
-I'm good. How are you?
-I'm good. How've you been?
I can't believe Noah's crush is Jacquie.
And that's just ridiculous because that's my ex-girlfriend and I know
nothing good can come out of this.
-I'm so glad you came.
-Yeah, I'm so glad I could make it.
-Yeah, it would be so cool if we were on the same team.
That would be awesome. Are you excited about today though?
Yeah, little nervous...
Of all the studios in all the world, Jacquie had to walk into mine.
# And if we lose this battle forever
# We swear that we'd never surrender... #
# Yeah, A-Troupe stand up
# Everybody in the B-Troupe sit down
# Sit down, cos we're gonna get dirty, get dirty, get down
# Oh we're gonna get it hot like
# Oh say we're gonna get it hot like... #
-No, I'm not nervous at all.
Really? Well, I'm totally nervous!
-Well, there's some amazing
I just want to show everyone what I've got,
like all my moves and stuff like that.
So, fingers crossed.
-Can we focus now, please?
This kid is a J-Trouper!
Do you really think he's going to make A-Troupe?
-It's so nice.
Look at the pictures.
I decided to not audition for A-Troupe this year
because I got this really great offer to assist Luther Brown,
which was always my dream,
so I for sure, for sure, want to do that instead.
I'm just, just bummed that you're
-not going to be dancing with me this year.
-but I know you'll be great.
-Yeah, well, you know.
Come here. You're so stupid.
I really think it's cool that Sloane came to the audition
to support me. I really just think she's the greatest girlfriend
a guy could ever ask for.
In this studio, we wear our hair up when we dance.
Amy? I've got your back.
The Next Step has always been about being yourself,
being unique and with Emily being the head,
I feel we're all just going to become robots.
So, what do you think of the new studio?
I think it's great.
I know, right?
I mean, it just screams perfect, exclusive, professional.
This studio is nice but it's weird not being in Studio A.
She doesn't seem that excited and I need her to be a really important
member of this team. You know, Michelle,
I am really excited to have you on the troupe this year.
I think you were very under-utilised last year and I'm really ready to
change that. I want to make you the star of our team.
Well, my team.
Thanks. I appreciate that.
I want to make up for what happened last year
and if Emily's going to make me a future dancer
then maybe I can work with her after all.
All right, everyone. We're about ready to begin. Gather round.
Things are going to be done a little bit differently this year.
I'm going to divide you into groups, and the first group is Ozzy...
-I feel so excited.
I feel like it's my chance to shine, you know?
Looks like we're back at the start to when we first auditioned.
You know, I've got to bring my game.
No matter what. It doesn't matter, I just have to bring my 100%.
Thank you so much for coming.
Both Daniel and I really appreciate it.
Unfortunately, we are not going to be asking any of you to dance today,
but we would be more than happy to see you on our B-Troupe.
Thank you so much for coming.
Miss Kate tasked me with getting the studio ready for regionals.
We are not going to win with break dancers or hip-hop dancers or
J-Troupers like Ozzy.
They just don't have the technique.
So, they gotta go.
What? That's crazy.
You didn't even let them au...
-Are you serious?
-Like we said, thank you for coming and if you
could grab your things from the locker room. We need to get going.
-Thank you so much.
-Just like that.
-And we'll see you on B-Troupe, OK.
-Thank you so much.
It's so unfair. She didn't even let me dance.
She didn't even let me show what I've got.
This isn't The Next Step that I know any more.
It's always been a thing of The Next Step that everyone gets a chance to
audition, whether if you do hip-hop dancing,
ballet dancing, jazz dancing,
it doesn't matter. We're all on the same level.
The Next Step is changing and I don't know how I feel about it.
OK. We're going to begin. We'll start with a freestyle solo.
We're looking for creativity, versatility
but above all, technique.
That's really important to us.
Let's get started. Everyone clear off.
I'm excited to see how the dancers are going to do,
but I'm also a little bit nervous.
I'm only going to choose the best,
so I really hope that's what I'm going to see.
Group one. Can we have Noah, Jacquie, Henry, Tyler and Danielle?
I've got to make sure that I go as hard as I possibly can to prove that
I was right to be on A-Troupe and
I'm right to be on A-Troupe right now.
I'm making sure I'm technical. I'm showing my power moves.
I'm showing everything together
because I know that's
what Emily and Daniel want to see.
So cute. I love that.
It's amazing that Noah is pulling me into his audition.
It's just giving me the inspiration
to take my dancing to the next level.
Noah and Jacquie dancing together triggered
some memories of, you know,
her and I, dancing together.
Flawless. She's great.
The Next Step is the best of the best.
I'm auditioning because of their international reputation.
They're, like, the top of the world and I want to be a part of that.
I dance because I'm a very competitive person.
I won't stop till I'm on the top and I will fight for it.
My goal is to always be the best dancer.
Jacquie broke up with me because she thinks I'm not a good enough dancer.
Honestly, that still hurts a lot.
It's been two years but I'm still not over it.
I don't know when I'm going to get over it.
We're looking at dancers from other studios as well B-Troupe.
After what happened last year,
no dancer should feel like their spot is safe.
There are some amazing dancers here.
Last year, I was in B-Troupe and I didn't audition
for A-Troupe because I didn't feel I was ready.
I really hope I can get into A-Troupe this year.
Thank you, everyone. OK. Let's have group two.
Can we have Amy, Josh, Piper?
Being back in A-Troupe would mean the world to me.
I'm one step closer to getting back to regionals
and I'm also with my best friends...
..and dancing with your best friends is the best thing ever.
You know with that outburst earlier?
-What was that?
-Yeah, that was really unprofessional.
I need to be on A-Troupe.
My mom wants me to be A-Troupe.
And even though Emily may not like me, I have to be there.
Amy is such an incredible dancer and she inspires me to be better.
I have no doubt that she will make A-Troupe.
-Can you believe that that is James' little sister?
I would be devastated if I didn't make A-Troupe.
It means the world to me.
Not dancing on the team and not feeling that energy...
..it would be really hard.
I dance because there's no other feeling.
It's helped me through some ups and downs and dance has always been that
one thing that has been there for me.
I am going to perform like there's no business and make sure that today
they only look at me.
I was your typical hockey, baseball,
soccer boy but I always had this dancing part of me.
Even on the ice, they'd play music in between shifts
and I'd dance around on my defence line.
In hockey I wasn't going to make it to the NHL
but in dance I may make it
on The Next Step.
I dance because I feel it's a way for me to find myself
and lose myself at the same time.
It just brings a passion in me that
I just can't even describe it.
I was a dance captain at my old studio.
But I didn't really fit in there.
I'm hoping that being here at The Next Step
will be a fresh start for me.
We need technique.
We need talent. We need dedication.
It really has to be the whole package
or you're not going to make my A-Troupe.
I just think we were really clear about that we were looking for
technique, right? And if they are not showing it to us
then it makes me wonder - can they do it?
You need the X factor, the star quality.
That's what makes a really phenomenal dancer.
And that's what is going to make a really phenomenal team.
Michelle is definitely A-Troupe material.
I mean, we already knew it going into the auditions
but it is nice to see her doing her thing.
Miss National Soloist.
It feels really strange to have Emily and Daniel judging my dancing,
because I've always been on
the same level as them.
Yeah. Maybe she's just warming up. But we'll see.
Being dance captain means the world to me.
I think I did a great job as dance captain last year.
So there is no reason for me not to be dance captain again.
My goal is definitely to move up in A-Troupe.
I definitely want to be featured in some dances.
I definitely want to even be dance captain.
I just want to be at the top.
-She has so many, it's just like...
-It's very good.
That's everyone, yeah.
OK, thank you, guys. Wow!
We have a lot to discuss.
Please wait here and we will let you know what our decisions are.
Once again, thank you so much.
Yeah. Thank you.
-Chilling that, man.
-It was insane.
-You too, man.
Um, how could you like Jacquie?
How could I not?
Have you seen her? She's amazing, man.
You don't get it. THE Jacquie.
The one that broke my heart. The one that I'm constantly talking about.
-That's her. Yes.
-That's THAT Jacquie?
Well, now you know, so you can stay away from her.
Henry doesn't want me to hang out with Jacquie at all.
But I'm really starting to get to know her
and she's like the coolest girl ever.
I have no clue what I'm going to do.
We have chosen ten dancers.
If you hear your name being called out, congratulations.
You have made A-Troupe.
This is intense.
I really want to make A-Troupe, but everyone does.
As a former dance captain, I know what it takes to win.
I'm so excited to help A-Troupe get to regionals.
On a scale of one to ten, I'm like 100% happy.
This morning I was on B-Troupe.
And now I made A-Troupe.
I've worked so hard.
This is unbelievable.
If they don't call my name I don't know what I'll do.
I will feel devastated.
As the names are being called and I'm still not hearing mine,
I start to get a little bit nervous.
Noah and Jacquie are both on A-Troupe now and I don't know if
I want to be on A-Troupe any more.
And the last spot on A-Troupe goes to...
I can't believe that there's only one spot left.
I think maybe Emily's saving the best for last.
As much as I want it to be Piper, I want it to be me.
You have proven that you are the best of the best.
-Thank you all for coming.
-If A-Troupe is going to win regionals
then we need to be a united team.
If someone, say Amy,
is going to cause drama,
they do not belong on A-Troupe.
-That was a great day. Thanks.
Everyone bring it in. Bring it in. On three, we say A-Troupe.
One, two, three...
Time to get to work.
-Are you serious?
-You've got to be kidding me.
B-Troupe. Have you ever heard of a dance captain being moved down to B-Troupe?
I would never go down to B-Troupe.
I'll find a new studio.
One that's even better.
This is a mistake. I'm so done with this studio!
You got cut too, eh?
I don't know where to go, because
being on B-Troupe means I'll never get to regionals.
I was so close.
When my family moved here,
I was so excited that I might be able to dance at The Next Step.
Now what am I going to do?
I have never been cut from a competitive team before.
Today has not been the greatest day.
I want to just drink some juice, because
that's what I do, you know,
when I'm feeling bad. I drink juice.
So I'm just going to go home, drink some juice, turn on the TV,
and lay back because today was not a good day.
I'm going to do that.
Honestly, I'm just glad that B-Troupe trains in Studio A which
means I have less chances of running into Jacquie.
And with the way Emily's running this studio,
I'm not sure I even want to be here any more.
I mean B-Troupe? What's the point?
They are talking about moving down to B-Troupe
when they went to regionals last year.
They are talking about quitting dance!
I can't believe what Emily has done.
This is so wrong.
I've got to do something about this.
Cut from A-Troupe.
Hey, Emily. Can I speak to you?
Uh, yeah, of course you can. But make sure you call me Miss Emily.
It's just protocol.
I think you made a huge mistake today.
You cut some of the most amazing dancers
and it just doesn't make sense to me.
But I didn't cut any of the amazing dancers.
All of them are on my troupe.
You only chose the classically- trained dancers.
What about the hip-hop dancers? Or the break dancers?
Michelle, those dancers are just a hindrance
when it comes to competition.
It's more important to have the technique.
I'm sorry, but you're wrong.
You've made a huge mistake.
It is not your position to tell me when I am wrong.
YOU are just a dancer.
I am the studio head.
Things are about to change.
I am in charge now.
Michelle better get used to it.
Emily doesn't intimidate me any more.
I'm going to take her on.
The Next Step holds auditions, welcoming prospective new dancers to the studio. The new studio head makes some surprising cuts that throw the future of veteran A-Troupers into question. The fallout from auditions forces Michelle to examine her place at the studio, and make some hard decisions. Meanwhile, the arrival of a new dancer might spell trouble for Noah and Henry's friendship.