Reality-style drama series. TNS West needs two more dancers to round out their team, and Piper thinks she may have found the perfect new recruit.
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Previously on The Next Step...
Amy is a full-fledged member of A-Troupe.
You have to cut one.
We've been keeping your spot warm.
Welcome to my team.
With Piper on our team, we only need two more dancers for regionals.
I'll show you.
Bring it on, Zara.
She is an amazing dancer.
I love having her around.
I wish I could dance in the studio,
even though I know it will never happen.
I'm supposed to be meeting Noah at Neutral Grounds after his rehearsal,
but he never came.
I talked to him about us.
You talked to Henry about us?
Noah should be happy about this. But now he is acting so weird.
I don't even know if this is worth it.
Two, three, four, five, six,
seven and eight. One, two, three, four...
I'm working on the dancers' regional routine right now,
and we are just cleaning up some of our formations and angles of their
body so that everyone matches perfectly.
Let's go again from the beginning. Here we go.
Jacquie, also, on the pirouette,
you're kind of letting your eyes drop down.
OK, so really keeping them up, yeah?
Five, six, seven, eight.
A-one, two, three and four, five, six, seven...
Rehearsal is going great.
I love the discipline, and Daniel
is the perfect choreographer for A-Troupe.
It is keeping my mind off the drama with Noah.
All right, guys, let's work on our tumbling pass.
Right now, I am working with the dancers and building a routine and
working on team chemistry. It is really important.
Kingston, Henry, I want you guys to tumble in from the back.
-Henry, you take the lead.
-Then, Kingston, you come after.
Yeah. Oh, yeah.
West really knows what he is doing.
We are just doing a tumbling pass,
but I really feel like I'm getting better.
Five, six, seven, eight. One...
I like being in Emily's team because it is a challenge
for me, and I like challenges. It makes me work harder.
Now, Piper, I want you to come down the centre.
I love this studio. This is where I am supposed to be.
-Hey. Looks great. All right, it's in.
My plan to get Amy on A-Troupe didn't go as expected,
but I think we both ended up on the teams that fit us best.
Three, four, five, six, seven...
I am so happy that Piper doesn't blame me
for getting kicked off Emily's team.
She seems really happy on TNS West
and I am really happy on TNS East.
One, two, three, four...
Emily, did you get Miss Kate's e-mail?
I need to talk to Emily because only
one troupe can represent the Next Step at regionals.
Michelle, look, I really don't have time for this right now,
so can you just get your dance captain to talk to my dance captain?
I don't have a dance captain, so we need to discuss this right now.
OK, let me just make this very clear to you -
I have a bunch of classically trained dancers.
You have people off the internet. I have a group of ten, you don't.
I think it is pretty clear who is going to regionals.
OK, I know I may not have ten dancers right now,
but every single one of my dancers is way better than any of yours.
So my team would beat your team any day.
Her team may have technique, but my team has heart.
All right, well, if you are so confident about that,
let's have a competition. TNS East versus TNS West.
Winner goes to regionals.
I don't even have a full troupe.
But I believe in my dancers.
I need to find two dancers and fast.
I really miss dance,
so this is my regular morning routine before the juice bar opens.
I used to compete, but those days are over.
Now, I only dance when no-one is around.
What? I had no idea that the barista from Neutral Grounds can dance.
She is incredible.
That was incredible.
You are amazing. And your aerial,
that was so high.
Your jete. So good.
That was nothing.
What can I get for you guys?
-We will have a...cherry vanilla smoothie.
I can't believe they saw me dancing, I'm so embarrassed.
I can't let anyone catch me dancing like that ever again.
-I'm really excited to be here.
-Good, you should be.
I'm here to ask Jacquie
on a proper first date.
I let things get in the way before.
I thought I had to worry about Henry, but I was wrong.
I've been thinking about some ideas and I have some awesome plans.
I reserved two spots at this wicked new rock-climbing place.
Then I realised, I was like, I didn't even ask you if you like
-rock climbing, but it's all good. I mean...
-I've got to get ready.
I don't know if I can trust Noah.
He has bailed on me, he has run out on conversations.
I don't know if he will follow through next time.
-We will go rock climbing with you.
-I love rock climbing.
I'll see you in the studio.
When Jacquie blows me off, I don't really understand why,
but I'm going to find out.
OK, guys, so, today, we're going to be focusing on a six-person section
of the ten-person dance.
I'm picking up where Daniel left off
and cleaning some of the choreography.
Now that we know that our ten-person dance is going against Michelle's
to figure out who is going to regionals,
our dance has to be perfect.
-Does anyone know where Zara is?
I'm so sorry I'm late. My parents had a flat tyre.
I promise it won't happen again. I promise.
-It better not. From the top.
-I know she takes the bus in the morning.
There is no way her parents drove her in.
Go, five, six, seven, eight.
One, two, three, four, look, five, six, seven, eight.
-Switch lines with me, bro.
-Don't mess up the formation.
Good. Get that arm higher.
Hey, yo, let's switch. Switch!
I'm just the newbie. If he wants the back row, he wants the back row.
-I'm getting up front.
-Down when you roll up.
What are...? What are you doing?
I want to make sure everything's good with us. You were
acting weird in the changing room earlier. Make sure we're all good.
Noah and I probably need to talk, but not in the middle of rehearsal.
Stop, I need to practise.
Jacquie. Noah? What are you guys doing?
Do you need to share this with the whole class?
-It's all good.
-It seems to be pretty important.
Can it not wait till after rehearsal?
-Then don't waste my time. Again, from the top, now.
Switch back to your positions - I did not put you there.
-I can't believe Noah got me in trouble.
I was trying to make things better,
but I just made everything, like, ten times worse.
-Can you tell me how that section starts?
-Yeah, you go like here.
OK, listen up, I have a very important announcement.
Only one team can go to regionals.
-This means that it is TNS West versus TNS East.
I thought being on this troupe meant that I got to go to regionals,
but now we have to compete for our spots. That is just crazy.
I am not sure if TNS West is going to be enough of a match
to compete against TNS East.
So how is the search for your dancers going?
-We need two more, right?
-Yes, we still need two more dancers,
and I actually auditioned two dancers this morning.
But they weren't even good enough for baby ballet, so that is that.
Let's get back to rehearsing. I will continue the search.
I'm running out of time before this competition comes up and I am super
nervous. We still need two dancers.
What is the point of a ten-person dance if we don't have ten dancers?
I think I know someone.
I know just the dancer this team needs.
-Heather. I forgot to tip you.
OK. The real reason that I'm here is because I wanted to ask you about
your dancing. Where do you train?
I don't train. I used to, but I don't any more and I don't want to.
Wait, I don't believe that for a second.
Your feet are in fourth position.
-You are a dancer.
-I used to be a dancer.
-I got to get back to work.
Why would someone as talented as Heather not want to dance?
She obviously loves dancing.
This isn't over. I know I can convince her.
Once a dancer, always a dancer.
So make sure on that leg, you lead in with the knee.
-Hey, Jacquie. Can I talk to you for a second?
Look, you are a good dancer.
But I do have to say,
I was disappointed when you flubbed the choreography.
You seem really distracted. Should I be concerned about you?
Great, now my drama with Noah is getting in the way of my dancing.
This is not good.
It is not a big deal. Noah and Jacquie are just hanging out.
Oh, hanging out.
Look, I know what it is like to have a crush on Noah,
but it ruins everything.
It is terrible to have a crush on Noah.
Your dancing just goes flat, right to the floor.
Look, Jacquie, if you want this all to work out,
then just don't date him.
Richelle has known Noah for a longer time, she might be right,
and I might have to get over Noah.
Zara's excuse in rehearsal was really fishy.
I got to find out what is up.
So a flat tyre, eh?
Yeah. It took forever to change and my parents started fighting
about whether or not to get a new car or not,
and it just kept going on and on.
Wow, Zara, you are a terrible liar.
OK, like, what is the real reason why you were late?
Josh and I are becoming good friends.
And I feel like I can trust him.
It would be a relief to get this secret off my chest.
The real reason why I was late this morning
is because I was at a math competition.
A math competition, you just, like...?
-I do equations on the fly.
-So that means you're pretty smart?
-I know a theorem or two.
-Honestly, that's pretty cool.
That's like... I'm impressed.
That is amazing.
Josh thinks it's cool.
But if Emily ever found out,
I'm really scared she'd kick me off the team.
She doesn't want us having any extracurricular activities.
And this is a pretty big one.
I asked Heather to meet me here because I have something really
important that I want to talk to her about.
-Hey, Heather. I just wanted to get you in here, you know,
to see what it is like to dance in here.
-Don't you just miss dancing?
You know what, I watched The Next Step win internationals,
-and it was awesome.
The Next Step's going to win internationals again.
-With you on the team.
-There is no way.
Come on. Come on. Come on.
Just dance for fun, just to see what it is like again.
-OK, but just for fun.
-Just for fun.
When I dance, there is not a care in my head.
I just focus on the routine and forget about the world around me.
When I quit dance, I was absolutely devastated.
It was the one thing that made me happy,
and now, I can't do it any more.
I dance because being on stage feels so good and there is nothing else I
would rather do than being in the moment, dancing and enjoying myself.
I competed at regionals last year and lost.
I've been trying to forget about it ever since.
I come from a big family where I have to share everything.
I had to give up dance because it is just so expensive and my family just
couldn't afford it.
Quitting dance has been the most painful experience of my life.
I miss it so much.
Heather, that was...that was so good.
You would be a great addition to our team.
You would fit in so well.
I just...I can't.
I don't understand, how can you stop dancing?
I don't get it.
You know what, dance is just so expensive and my parents
can't afford it. I just...I can't, I'm really sorry.
It's not fair that a beautiful dancer like Heather can't dance
because of money. I wish I could do something to help her.
So one, two, three and four.
Can you just go over, sorry, the hands again?
-I didn't quite see...
-So here, here, here, and through.
-I felt bad for Jacquie.
I know she is going through a hard time,
so I am going to help her out with the choreography she missed.
Thank you so much for helping me out today.
-Yeah, no, any time.
-That is exactly what I needed.
I will catch up with you later, OK?
Sounds good. I don't want to see Noah right now.
But I guess I have to say something.
I just want to make sure everything is good and
-if we are still going out later?
-Everything is not good.
You really embarrassed me in class today.
I shouldn't have switched lines with Josh.
-I didn't mean to do that at all.
-You know what?
This is getting too complicated.
I wanted to be with Noah. But if I cannot trust where he is at,
I do not know if he is the right guy for me.
How do I know you won't stand me up again?
-I understand. But it won't happen again.
-I don't know.
Maybe it is better if we focus on dance.
We are just getting distracted.
I knew things were a little rough,
especially the whole Henry situation,
and I thought I had everything figured out.
But it seems like it might be too late.
It is the end of the day and me and Josh are just packing up,
and all of a sudden I get a text.
Yes! I'm going to totally crush Central High.
-What is that?
-My high school set the date for my math quarterfinal.
-Well, that's pretty cool.
-Yeah, it's two weeks from this Sunday.
That is too bad, you are going to have to miss it.
-What do you mean?
-Well, we have the battle with TNS West.
You can't do both. You have to choose between math or dance.
Are you kidding me?
My maths quarterfinal is on the same day that the dance battle is on?
I need time to think about this.
All right, well, thanks.
If you know of anyone that is looking for a studio to dance at,
please send them my way as soon as possible.
I am calling every single studio head that you can imagine,
but no-one has any dancers for me.
I'm leaving no stone unturned.
Thanks, Tiffany. Yeah, bye.
-Hey. I think I've found a dancer for our troupe.
OK, her name is Heather and she is a barista at Neutral Grounds.
She is amazing. She does aerials and jetes and arabesque and...
-What is the catch?
-Well, there is one small hitch.
She can't afford dance. But I want to help her out.
Piper, I know it would really be great if we could help Heather,
but there is a lot of costs that go into dancing here, like travel,
like costumes, like competition fees...
But what if we have a danceathon?
To help people like Heather cut the cost of dancing here?
Piper has come up with such a creative solution to help out
Heather and to help out the studio. I like the way she thinks.
OK. I really like that idea - that could really work.
I'm going to get my dance captain on it right away.
If you could go start organising everything, that would be awesome.
Are you saying what I think you are saying?
Yes, congratulations, Piper,
you are the new dance captain of The Next Step West.
Piper is just an amazing person and dancer overall.
She is totally dedicated to her work.
She always gives 110%.
And she would be absolutely perfect for dance captain.
I'm dance captain. I can't believe it.
-Thank you so much. I won't let you down.
-OK. I know you won't.
My first job as dance captain is to put together an
incredible danceathon and get Heather on the team.
Because if we do not have enough dancers,
there won't be a team to captain.
I have been messing up so much with Jacquie.
It is no wonder why she doesn't trust me.
I need to tell her how I feel and I need to make things right.
Hey. I got your text.
Noah has been acting so weird lately and I don't know how to take it.
But maybe I just have to hear him out.
Thanks for meeting with me.
I know I have been a little hot and cold lately,
and it is not how I've been wanting us to go.
But I want to make this work.
I'm all-in if you are.
I really like Noah.
But it got so complicated.
Hearing what he has to say makes me feel so much better.
I finally know how he feels.
# And I've got these great expectations
# A vivid imagination
# Wild situations deep inside
# And I've got these great expectations
# About all my relations
# I try to run when I wanna hide
# But even when I run, I only walk... #
Dancing with Jacquie feels amazing, like everything is perfect.
And to know we have moved on past all of our problems,
it's a good feeling.
# Tell you how I feel
# And if I could lose expectation
# Listen to my heart for motivation
# Rid myself of all imitation... #
Dancing with Noah makes me feel like there is no-one else in the world,
it is just me and him and that is all that matters.
# If I could lose expectation
# Get rid of my speculation
# And my need for justification
# Letting go, losing all. #
I realise that I was pushing Noah away
because I was afraid to get hurt.
But I am not afraid any more.
TNS West needs two more dancers to round out their team, and Piper thinks she may have found the perfect new recruit. Jacquie worries that Noah is being a little too public about their relationship and begins to question whether she wants to date a teammate. When Zara shows up late to practice, Josh notices she is being evasive and calls her out.