Reality-style drama series. A self-trained dancer, Kingston, must prove himself to keep his spot on Michelle's new troupe.
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As most of you know, I'm Emily, your new Studio Head.
-I am in charge now.
Michelle better get used it.
Emily just cut all of you guys.
I'm giving you a shot at regionals.
All we need is ten dancers.
We still need three dancers to fill our team.
I'm a little worried.
This is where we belong.
I don't want to keep lying to her,
but I can't find the courage to tell my mum that I'm not in A-Troupe.
The pleasure's all mine.
The truth is, I've really only danced in my basement.
We need dancers and Kingston could be great, but I'm not sure yet.
She's got this. Ready?
Right now, we're just being silly on our phones in class.
I'm going to send it to you. We're just trying to have a bit of fun,
we're taking silly pictures.
It's just a nice bonding thing.
Yeah, we're Snapchatting double chins and we're taking pictures.
That's my best double chin right there.
That's so bad!
I am working in my office and when I look up I see that no-one is doing
the same in my dance studio.
So, I guess
I'm looking at a bunch of perfect dancers.
From the moment you get into the studio to the moment you leave,
your phones belong here.
Let's go. Pronto!
It is important that the troupe have no distractions
as soon as they enter Studio One.
Dance is the number one priority.
ALL: Whoo! Ah! You're good!
Right now, Kingston is showing us
some of his dance videos he posted online.
He's definitely got some moves.
All right, guys, Amy has some choreography for all of you,
so maybe you should all spread out and learn it.
-ALL: Yeah. All right. Do it!
-I'm really excited to see Kingston
pick up this choreo. I think he's going to fit right in,
so I can't wait.
Back up, back up. Thanks.
This is my first rehearsal and I
just want to show everybody what I've really got.
They're going to be amazed when they see what I can do.
So, first, I'm going to teach you the choreo
and then we'll do it with music, OK?
-Let's do it!
-So you start with an inside pirouette.
Go pas de bourree.
Box, step, hit, hit.
Go hitchy-koo, ball, change...
A hitchy what?
Wait, is she even speaking English right now?
..ronde, ronde, pas de bourree, prep, tour...
Do you see what's happening with Kingston?
Why isn't he doing the right moves?
..then you do Ozzy step...
I have never heard any of these dance terms
that Amy's talking about.
OK, let's try it with music.
-OK, well, let's see how he does with music, yeah.
Five, six, seven, eight.
What is happening?
It's actually worse.
You can clearly see that Kingston
has never, and I mean never,
taken a class in his life.
OK, great. Keep going with the choreo and, Kingston,
come over here for a second.
So, I think I know what the problem is.
You're doing a pas de chat instead of a pas de bourree.
Pas de chat, pas de bourree.
Yeah, I know both of those, same thing, right?
No. Um... How about if we go through
-the choreo slower?
-OK, guys, that's great,
but we're going to take a five-minute break
and then we'll come back and rehearse again, OK?
It does worry me that all the other dancers know what they're doing.
I do feel like I'm behind.
Except for you. We have a problem.
'I'm a little nervous about Kingston because it was me who brought him to
'The Next Step and the way that things are going,'
it doesn't really look good.
# We're gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof off this place
# Stand up! #
Five, six, seven, eight, hit!
Piper, a little stumble on that turn. Pick it up.
Lola, really good.
Richelle, hit it.
A little late, Piper.
'I know that Emily is noticing me struggle.'
-Other way, Pipes.
-'She keeps correcting me'
and it's kind of making me even more stressed.
Piper, yeah, OK, we'll work on it.
So it's good.
It does need a little bit of work,
but I think we'll get there.
Piper, maybe see me to book some
extra rehearsal time just to really get that choreo,
but other than that, great job, guys.
I am really impressed.
And I have an announcement!
So, gather round. Now that we've started preparing for regionals,
there's something important we need to address.
All right, it is time for my
personal favourite announcement.
The announcement of...
Our dance captain.
'It is a huge honour
'to be named dance captain,'
but to be named the first dance captain of a new studio,
that's your legacy.
You are setting the standard for what needs to happen in that role.
I have thought long and hard about this
and I know I have picked the right person.
So, congratulations to...
-Oh, my gosh! Are you sure?
Like, seriously? Like, there's no dance-off, there's nothing?
There's nothing, it's just you.
-I've made the decision.
-I'm dance captain?
-You won't regret this.
-I'd better not!
Dance captain?! This day cannot get any better.
I mean, this whole season can't get any better.
I'll catch up with you in a sec.
-Isn't this kind of a big deal?
Like, shouldn't we take Richelle out for juice or something?
Yeah, Richelle doesn't really hang out with anybody.
I didn't have friends at my old studio
because I was too focused on dance
and I didn't think there was time for friends,
but I want to take this opportunity to have a fresh start.
Hey, show me what you've got, show me what you've got.
West and I are doing some freestyle before we work on the choreo.
I'm showing him some of my signature flash.
Kingston and I really relate.
I'm a self-taught dancer, he's a self-taught dancer,
so we definitely connect on that level.
Whoohoo! That was
-Hey, man, you know what?
You're just like me.
When I first started off in The Next Step, I didn't know ballet,
I didn't know contemporary, I didn't know any of these terms.
But here at The Next Step we include everyone.
-Everyone was there to help me
-and that's what I'm going to do for you, OK?
-That would be so great.
Yeah? My approach to teaching Kingston is kind of throw away the
terminology and just kind of make it about the feeling.
All right, five, six, seven,
and we are going to kick and here, open and close.
Jump, knee, ka!
How come you're recording me?
It's just that I'm a visual learner,
so I've just got to watch the video a couple of times.
Yeah, I get that, man. That's how I used to learn,
but at The Next Step you've got to kind of get in your body right away.
How long is that going to take you to learn?
Definitely not too long. Maybe two or three days.
Two or three days?
-Did I say days?
I meant hours. Two or three hours.
-Two or three hours?
OK. All right.
I thought that his issue was just
the dance terms that he couldn't really pick up,
but he actually can't do choreography at all.
That's a problem.
The new guy, Kingston, wasn't picking up any of the choreo.
-I'm sure you'll figure it out.
-Yeah, yeah, I think so.
Neutral Grounds is the new cafe that replaced Java Junction,
that replaced Hidalgos, that replaced Culture Shock,
which replaced Squeezed.
I'm starting to think this place is cursed or something.
But it must be nice to have a troupe full of classically trained dancers.
It's also intimidating. You know,
I'm starting to feel like the weak link.
Piper, you will never be the weak link.
Hi! What are you doing here?
Well, you forgot your lunch, so I thought I'd bring it by.
I know how demanding these rehearsals are,
being an ex-dancer and all, so...
'I'm a little scared that my mum walks in.'
What if she caught me when I was somewhere else,
not in A-Troupe rehearsal?
I would be in huge trouble.
Amy is so excited to be dancing with you on A-Troupe.
And how's the duet going?
'I don't like lying, and I don't like lying to people's parents...'
..but Amy is kind of making me do this, so...
It's going great, yeah.
Great. Maybe I could see a sneak peek of it tonight
when I come pick you up?
Yeah, for sure.
I cannot wait.
Well, we should probably get back to rehearsal.
-So, you should leave.
OK. I am so, so proud of you.
Go get 'em! A-Troupe!
I can't believe you haven't told your mum.
-We need to learn a duet.
-No, no, I have rehearsals.
No, Piper, please.
If she finds out that I'm not in A-Troupe,
she is going to lose her mind.
You're having trouble with choreo. I can help you with that.
It can be a fake A-Troupe duet.
Fine, but only because you're my best friend.
Hey, Michelle, what's up? What do you need to talk to me about?
OK, West and I have discussed your future at The Next Step and,
unfortunately, we don't think it's going to work out.
We think you should come back with more experience
-and audition again next year.
-We know you've been working hard,
but we just need someone who can deliver right now.
'When Michelle tells me that they don't want me on A-Troupe,
This is my one shot to be a part of something and...
..I don't want to go back to dancing alone.
When West first came to The Next Step,
he didn't have that much technique,
but look at him now. He's such an incredible dancer.
And that's what I want to happen to me.
I want to grow as a dancer, just like he did.
Please, just give me that same chance.
You have until the end of the day to pick up the choreography and that
means that you are going to have to dance for your life.
Thank you! Thank you guys both so much!
-Good luck, man.
-I'll see you guys later. OK.
Learning the choreo is not going to be easy,
but I'm going to prove to everyone that I deserve to be here.
I don't really have a close friend at The Next Step yet,
but I see Richelle and I think that her and I would really hit it off.
Richelle, why are you here by yourself?
You're the dance captain, we should be celebrating.
Lola, you're not fooling anyone.
I know exactly what you're trying to do.
You're just trying to butter me up, so that you'll get me to like you
and then when this dance captain gets to choose a solo,
you'll get it.
Fat chance. This dance captain wasn't born yesterday.
Richelle, no, I don't want any favours, I just want to be friends.
Friends? I don't have time for friends.
Once you get to know me, you'll want to be my friend.
You just wait.
I know Lola is just trying to kiss up to the dance captain.
She does not want to be my friend.
I know those games.
-What is he doing?
He's on his phone.
Oh, that's the way he learns.
Yeah, by the way, I have two really good leads for our new dancers.
Yeah, it might need to be three,
if Kingston doesn't get his act together.
But I thought you wanted to include everyone.
You know, the opposite of Emily's studio.
But I'll broaden my search.
'I haven't given up on Kingston yet.
'I know he's very talented,'
but is he good enough to be on this team?
I mean, I really hope that he can do it.
Right now, Amy and I are in Studio One and she's helping me with the
choreo and I'm teaching her the duet to show her mum.
BOTH: One, two, three.
On the fourth one we do the double.
On the fourth one we pump into double this, into an attitude.
Dancing in Studio One is magical.
This is where I should be.
-You're doing a cartwheel on my shoulders.
-On your shoulders, yeah.
-Back here or here?
-Back here, just
because you are more open and it will steady your base.
I really enjoyed dancing in Studio One with Amy.
We should have been dancing together all along in Studio One.
She was supposed to be in A-Troupe with me.
But even a little tiny piece of dancing together, makes me so happy.
Piper, that was really good.
I'm so proud of you.
It looks like you're really starting to handle that choreography nicely.
I'm just confused about one thing.
Why are you teaching our choreography to an outsider?
'I can't believe that Amy isn't saying anything.
'I just did this for her.'
-Get to my office, pronto.
And why are you still here?
I feel really bad about getting Piper in trouble,
but I don't want anyone knowing that I'm lying about being on A-Troupe,
OK, who wants to start?
Right now, I'm actually working on a new dance and I need to see what
everyone can do, to place them in the right spots.
What was that? In A-Troupe you know we give 100% into everything.
'Richelle is so serious.
'I'm goofing off to lighten the mood.'
I didn't know that was such a bad thing.
Jeez, someone's on a power trip.
She's the dance captain, show her some respect.
When I see Lola stand up to Josh like that,
it makes me think that I might have misjudged her.
Maybe this friend thing
isn't such a bad idea.
-are you ready?
'This is my last chance to impress Michelle and West.'
I need to show them that I belong on this team.
'Kingston is an amazing dancer and we saw that online,
'but he's not doing the right choreography.'
Like, he's supposed to do a tour and land on the ground and he just jumps
up like a burpee and lands on the ground.
It's not the right stuff and it's not good.
As I'm dancing, I'm having a hard time sticking some of this choreo.
I know the only way I'm going to be able
to pull this off is to bring the flash.
'Kingston is very charming and I appreciate that,'
but for me right now it's not enough.
Sorry about that last part. I knew it wasn't choreographed,
but I was really feeling it.
Yeah, of course.
I mean, we always want our dancers to bring their own personality to
-I have personality to spare.
Yeah, I can totally see that.
And unfortunately, I can also see that you're not quite good enough.
At the end of the day, all of these dancers
have been training for years,
doing baby ballet, doing basic technique.
I think you should take this experience
and maybe come back next year.
Thanks for coming out.
'It hurts to know that Michelle thinks I'm not good enough.'
Emily just made me to 200 military-style push-ups as
punishment for leaking our studio's choreo to an outsider.
I hate that Amy put me in this position.
Hey, how did it go with Emily?
How do you think it went?
But we should probably get back to the duet?
My mum's still going to want to see it when she comes...
Amy! You are being selfish.
It's just, if my mum finds out...
I'm not going to lie for you any more.
If your mum asks whether or not you
are in A-Troupe, I'm going to tell her the truth.
I can't believe you would do that.
Until you talk to your mum,
I'm not talking to you.
I feel really bad that Piper's not going to talk to me any more.
I didn't want it to end this way.
I just needed her help.
I don't know what I'm going to do.
I was thinking of adding a solo into the group and I was wondering if you
wanted to take the solo part in it.
I don't think the dance needs a solo.
'When Lola turns down the solo,'
Maybe she actually truly
does want to be my friend.
What are you doing right now?
I don't have any plans, why?
I was wondering if you wanted to go get a juice with me...
I was wondering...
..if you wanted to go get a juice with me.
You want to get juice with me?
I mean, I'm pretty busy right now
and you have all these dance captain duties to do
and Neutral Grounds is so far away...
I knew this was a bad idea.
Of course I'll get a juice with you.
Shouldn't we hug now since we are, like, basically, BFFs?
Don't say BFFs.
Are you coming?
I think Richelle and I are going to be BFFs.
Sorry, not BFFs.
Now we're going to do plies, all right?
Five, six, seven, eight and plie.
Arm out. Plie, arm up and down.
Again. Plie. First position.
Arm up. Again.
Plie. First position, plie and up. Then we rise up.
These baby ballerina classes are really going to help me learn the
fundamentals and the basics of dance.
If Michelle wants to see a technical dancer,
I'm going to be that technical dancer.
Plie, arm up. And down.
Tondu to second.
Here we go.
I just came back into the studio to grab some things and I see
Kingston in baby ballet with Noah and all the little ballerinas.
I'm actually really impressed that he's here.
I've never seen commitment like this before.
Second position. Here we go.
Hey, you need to point your foot out.
-Don't worry, you'll get it.
The fact that Kingston is in this baby ballet class and dancing with a
bunch of six-year-olds, to me,
it just really shows that he wants this and that's
the type of dancer that I want on my team.
Hold, stretch your feet.
Stretchy, stretch! Here we go!
So, you're going back to the basics, I see.
-Plie. One more time. Plie.
Well, if you continue to work hard,
you're back in. I'll see you Monday morning for rehearsal.
Thank you so much!
I'll be the first one in and the last one to leave.
Good to hear.
I changed my mind about Kingston
because I know that the potential's there,
but if he wants to be on the team, he needs to be up in the studio
practising and practising.
'I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm not going to give up.'
Reach for the stars.
I'm at The Next Step and nothing is going to stop me.
# We're 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 so-o-o-o-ound... #
A self-trained dancer, Kingston, must prove himself to keep his spot on Michelle's new troupe. Over at TNS East, Richelle gets a pleasant surprise, and questions the motives of a new dancer Lola, who seems intent on becoming her best friend. Since Amy never told her mum she was cut from A-Troupe, she needs Piper's help to cover for her.