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I'm Emily. Former A-Troupe member and former dance captain.
And now your new studio head.
Guess who's back.
Unfortunately, we're not going to be
asking any of you to dance today.
It is so unfair, she didn't even let me dance.
She didn't let me show what I got.
Even though Emily may not like me, my mum wants me to be on A-Troupe.
And the last spot on A-Troupe goes to...
I think you made a huge mistake today.
It is not your position to tell me when I am wrong.
I am in charge now.
Michelle better get used to it.
When I look around Studio A, I just instantly feel at home,
because this is home. I love the new space, it is gorgeous,
but this is where I belong and this
is where I want to be.
I can't deny my feelings. I am on A-Troupe.
But it just doesn't feel like the same studio any more.
I think it is time for me to move on.
Michelle's dance is beautiful.
but I am a little confused about why she's in Studio A.
I mean, Studio One is for A-Troupe.
That was beautiful.
-But...what are you doing here?
This...this is just for rec dancers.
Emily, I need to talk to you.
I'm quitting A-Troupe.
What do you mean? No-one quits A-Troupe.
I'm going to be the studio head of TNS West.
-Miss Kate would never allow this.
Actually, I've already agreed to it.
I think that competition is a fantastic thing
and having two troupes will bring out the best in each other.
Michelle, you will run TNS West.
And, Emily, you will run TNS East.
Guys, how exciting is that? We have two TNSes.
I think this is going to be an incredible thing and, honestly,
I am just so excited for what you guys are going to do
and how much you are going to elevate this studio.
You are in way over your head.
Once I form my troupe, you will have
some serious competition ahead of you.
TNS East versus TNS West.
It is on.
# We're gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place
# Stand up! #
Miss Emily, can I talk to you for a second?
-I heard Michelle quit A-Troupe,
so that must mean there is an open spot. Right?
I really need this spot.
I never told my mum that I was cut from A-Troupe.
If she finds out that I am not competing this year,
she will be devastated.
Yes, you heard correctly, but I have already filled that spot.
I don't understand why you've picked Josh. I am a much
stronger dancer than him.
Well, where you here at 7.30 practising?
Did you ask for help with your technique?
Did you book a private with Daniel?
Because that is what Josh has done.
..you are a lovely dancer,
but you simply are not mature enough
to be on a group going to regionals.
And that is why B-Troupe is where you need to be right now.
I think she has totally misjudged me,
because I know how hard I work and she just doesn't see it.
My decision is final.
Emily doesn't understand how important this is to me.
I don't know how I am going to tell my mum that I am cut from A-Troupe.
All right, everybody,
first and foremost, I would like to welcome Josh as the tenth member of
-I can't believe I didn't have to re-audition.
That is pretty cool. Like, a dream come true right now.
-Please take your spot.
I am so glad that all of you guys are here.
I have some amazing news to share with all of you.
I will be starting my own competitive troupe
that will run out of Studio A.
You guys have proven to be the best of the best,
and we are going to prove it this year.
-What do you have to offer that is better than B-Troupe?
Well, I am offering you guys an opportunity to compete.
Emily just cut all of you guys.
You guys are some of the best dancers that
The Next Step has ever seen.
I want you to remember that there are many other people
who are vying for your spot.
And not only that, but coming for us as a team.
I am giving you guys a shot at regionals.
And I want you to take it.
We will take regionals.
We will take nationals.
And then we will take internationals.
You guys have passion, you have creativity.
You have heart.
You love to dance and so do I, and we are all here for the same reason.
TNS West, live as a team...
-Die as a team.
-But always a team.
Who wants to join my troupe?
But is there anyone else that wants to join?
I am happy to have Ozzy as the first person to step up.
I am just hoping that other people join.
I'm getting a little nervous.
That rolls off the tongue.
I love it. Let's go.
-I love it.
-Thank you, LaTroy.
-I believe that Michelle's Troupe is definitely
going to be more free, fun.
Because Emily? I don't think she knows the meaning of fun.
You know, we've got nothing to lose.
Really? I am so excited.
At first, I'm very sceptical about Michelle
starting her own competitive troupe.
But I know we lost last year,
but I feel like I am ready.
I have unfinished business.
So we can compete, right?
Yes, you can compete.
All right, let's bring it in, bring it in. TNS West on three, OK?
One, two, three...
As of right now, we are three dancers short of having a
regionals team. We may not have all of our dancers yet, but when we do,
we will take Emily's team down.
Four, five. And seven, eight.
Ah, one, two.
Nice, Noah. Right now,
I am working with the dancers on our first regionals routine.
I've got them repeating a piece of choreography over and over again.
Repetition guarantees precision.
Try again. Try... Just go back, go round.
-It definitely worries me that this team is so acro-focused.
That is not my strong suit,
and Daniel is a very tough choreographer.
It is a little intimidating.
Good. Stretch your knees, Piper.
And up. Yeah, good.
Six, seven, eight.
Stop, stop. OK, why is that a cartwheel?
It is a front walkover.
What is going on with your tumbling?
-Are you working on your front?
-I'm working on it.
-Do you have it yet?
-When is that?
-I'm going... I am practising all the time. Yeah.
I am struggling with his choreography
because I can't do acro.
I can't do a front walkover.
And it always stresses me out, and I just can't get it.
Michelle has called a meeting.
I'm not sure what it is about,
but I hope she has found three more dancers
so our team can compete at regionals.
Amy. I'm so glad you are here, now I can finally announce the great news.
West is going to be our troupe's head choreographer.
I'm pretty excited when Michelle announces that West is our, you
know, head choreographer. He is an amazing dancer
and the fact that we get to learn from him, that is even better.
Nothing against West,
but Daniel has amazing technical training.
And West doesn't.
Daniel is going to help A-Troupe win regionals.
And I am not sure if West is capable of that.
Yeah, I am really excited. Really excited.
It is going to be a lot of fun. Some new faces. It will be great.
What is wrong, Amy?
Oh, it's just...
I'm worried about not having a full troupe.
There is only seven dancers.
Yeah, but The Next Step has plenty of dancers,
and there are so many people to choose from.
I come into studio A because I have
a very important message for Michelle.
Emily sent me with a very simple message.
-If you steal one more of our dancers, you will regret it.
We haven't stolen anything, I don't know what you are talking about.
Well, by the looks of it, I do see a
lot of ex-B-Troupers in your troupe.
Well, that shouldn't matter.
I mean, they are not like Emily's property.
Any B-Troupers that have joined you are blacklisted from Emily's troupe.
So, if I were you, I would just find new dancers from somewhere else.
If we can't have dancers from The Next Step,
I don't know where we are going to find dancers.
Without a full troupe, we can't go to regionals.
And now, we are all blacklisted from ever rejoining Emily's studio.
I just hope joining Michelle's team wasn't a mistake.
I'm really stressed about Daniel's combo.
I didn't get it, I was struggling,
so I just need to work on it on my own without anyone judging me.
I walk into Studio One and I see Piper
struggling with one of the steps.
I want to help her.
Hey, Piper, how's everything going?
What's...? What's the problem?
I can't do a front walkover.
Probably never will.
Well, why don't you just change that part of the choreo?
Are you allowed to do that?
Yeah, I mean, I don't see why not.
-OK, well, let's just change it.
-So step on the right leg.
OK, weight's on right foot.
Right, OK. You're a wicked turner, so...
..why don't you just step on the left,
hit, like, a double attitude.
As long as you just make sure you hit eight, everything's good.
-Yeah. So, like, four...
..four, five, six, seven, eight.
-Try that part one more time. Ready?
At least I'm good at something. I was starting to doubt myself, but it
makes me feel a little bit better that Noah says I'm a wicked turner.
All right, guys, so I actually have a change to the choreography.
-Piper, do you want to show it?
So, instead of the front walkover,
we're going to do a double attitude turn.
-So we step four, five, six, seven and eight.
I'm confused why Noah changed the choreography.
I mean, this is A-Troupe, we need to keep this choreography difficult.
Five, six, seven, eight.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, hit, eight.
What was that?
That was not my choreography.
-Wait, what's going on?
-Yeah, Noah, what's going on?
-I just thought that...
-Noah changed the choreo because of me.
Daniel, make it right.
Noah, my office, now.
Let's go from the corner again.
I feel really bad because I know
that Noah was just doing a nice thing for me
and it's my fault that it's changed.
OK, listen, I was just trying to help Piper.
She was struggling with the choreography.
So you made the choreography easier for Piper to help her.
Oh, well, that makes her a better dancer in the long run.
No, see, you don't understand.
See, Piper was really struggling.
-And I just thought it would...
First and foremost, I know every one of my dancers.
I know what they're good at and I know what they need to work on.
I have faith in Piper,
I have faith that she will get this
choreography because she is an amazing dancer and a hard worker.
But you didn't. What you did didn't help her, it hindered her.
Emily is right.
I guess I didn't have faith in Piper.
I should have helped her with the move rather than just change it.
Have faith in the framework.
OK. It won't happen again.
-You can go.
I know my dancers see me as tough,
I know they don't understand a lot of the things I do,
but I do everything for a reason.
A really thought-out reason.
Since Emily never let me dance at the audition,
I've decided to perform my solo right now.
I train in everything, but I'd say, like,
one of my stronger fortes is hip-hop
and all, like, the groovy type stuff.
I started dancing when I was four years old,
I had a friend that was doing it too,
so I just joined along with her.
I kept training and then eventually I found myself at The Next Step.
Ozzy's freestyle is so good.
He's got a lot of versatility.
I dance because there's no better feeling in the whole world.
It helps me forget about all the stress and problems in my life.
I think Ozzy's dance is amazing.
This is the first time I've seen him dance and I'm really impressed.
All right, guys. Let's bring it in.
We're just going to workshop some moves.
OK. Follow me.
Switch it up!
Who is this kid?
Who does he think he is, he just rides up here
and hover in my face, like, what?
When this guy comes rolling in on his hover board, it's cool and all.
But, you know, it's a dance studio, not a hover studio.
Who is that?
I brought Kingston into the studio because, I mean,
we needed a few extra dancers and
we're not allowed to get any more dancers
from the studio, so I had to expand my search.
This is Kingston.
Pleasure's all mine.
-He's the dancer I found online.
My hover board completes me and I
just want to show everybody my personality.
So, Kingston, what training have you had in the past?
All the best, I've only trained at the best studios around.
Could you name one?
Miss Abigail's Dancitorium School Of Dance.
Miss Abigail's Dancitorium School Of Dance!
That one! They totally bought it, but the truth is,
I've actually learned everything I know from watching videos online.
Nice try, Kingston, you don't lie as well as you hover board.
Did Miss Abigail let you hover board around her dance studio, too?
Casual Fridays, usually.
All right. Well, we don't do that at The Next Step.
But something that you could do for us is show us what you've got.
-Let's do it.
I'm a bit worried that Kingston doesn't have any studio
training, but when I got to The Next Step, I didn't either.
We desperately need dancers right now.
So, we should give him a shot.
I'm a little bit nervous to audition, but on the other hand,
I'm really excited to show everyone what I got.
To impress Michelle, I'm pulling all my best tricks.
Kingston's got some pretty sweet moves, I must say.
Flash, it's definitely there.
The performance, it's definitely there.
I think Kingston looks great up there.
I mean, he's pulling out all these flips and he's really groovy.
Even though this isn't where I thought I would end up,
and having a lot of fun and
dancing's supposed to be fun, right?
Right? He's good.
Pretty good. The whole hover board thing?
Yeah, we can work on that.
I think Kingston does have a lot of charisma.
I'm into it and I think this could be good.
One down, two to go.
I want you to go home and rest, you did a really, really good job today.
It's getting a lot better.
Thank you. I'm starting to get the hang of it.
It's been a long day and I've struggled,
but it makes me feel a lot better when Daniel says that I'm improving.
The studio looks incredible!
It's beyond my wildest dreams!
Look at this place!
I can't believe you're dancing here.
So...how was your first day on A-Troupe?
It was great.
How could you not?
I'd never want to leave this place.
I can't find the courage to tell my mum that I am not in A-Troupe.
She has so many dreams of me being on A-Troupe
and I feel that if I tell her,
she'd be really disappointed in me and...
It just wouldn't be good.
I'm hungry and tired, so we should get going.
I could stay here all night.
This is where we belong.
I just don't want to keep lying to her,
but I can't let her find out that I'm not in A-Troupe.
Michelle, dissatisfied with Emily's dance studio philosophy, starts her own team, TNS West, and discovers some surprising new talent. Meanwhile, Noah tries to help Piper adjust to dancing under Emily's new direction at TNS East.