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Previously on The Next Step...
I come from a big family where I have to share everything.
I had to give up dance because it's just so expensive,
my family just couldn't afford it.
I wish I could do something to help her.
Don't interrupt my boy, he's with a girl.
He's on a date?
Henry being on a date is a flashing green light for me to
go out with Jacquie.
you're the new dance captain of The Next Step West.
As dance captain,
I'm going to organise the best dance-a-thon ever,
and I'm going to make sure that Heather is part of The Next Step.
Yeah, I'm good. I'm great.
Looks awesome. What's going on today?
We are having a dance-a-thon to raise money.
Oh, cool, so for like costumes and stuff?
-Yeah, I told everyone about your situation and we want
-to help you.
-Are you serious?
I am mortified.
The idea of people feeling sorry
for me makes my stomach turn.
Heather, we all just want...
Piper, I told you already, I can't dance here. Just drop it.
I never meant to insult Heather.
I just wanted to help a friend.
Now what are we going to do?
# We We are gonna show the world
# Everything we're made of
# We're gonna tear the roof
# Off this place
# Stand up. #
Well, I guess we might as well take everything down, right?
Right. I'll just start popping these right now.
Guys, hold on.
Although Heather might not want to be part of this dance-a-thon,
it's still a worthwhile cause.
There are many other dancers who are in the exact same position as her.
I'm sure another dancer would be
happy to use this money because there are
a lot of dancers that can't afford dance.
Michelle's right. We collected pledges
and we're going to use them.
I got a lot of pledges and I'm going to make sure
-they go to good use.
-Yeah, that's right, that's right.
Kingston, how much did you make?
My mum brought the sheet to work
and got all her co-workers to pledge me.
So, Ozzy, what about you, man?
A lot, you know? I didn't add it up, but, like, a lot.
-He didn't get a lot.
All right. Let's keep getting ready.
This is going to be a great day.
-All right, guys.
-Let's do it.
Let's do it.
Reverse. Six, seven, eight.
-Guys, guys, guys, I need pledges ASAP.
I completely forgot to get pledges for this thing.
I've got to raise some money.
Are these pledges for the dance-a-thon?
-Isn't it kind of late for that?
-Yeah, I know it's late.
-That's why I'm here.
-You know what?
I'll give you five bucks, bro.
This is a good cause,
it doesn't matter what team you're on.
Thanks, great. Anyone else?
I've got a pledge for you. My undying love.
I may come off a little bit silly, but it's all part of the game.
It's how they get hooked.
Not a chance.
All right. It's cool. Is anyone else willing to give me some pledges?
One of Michelle's dancers
in my studio?
Interrupting my rehearsal?
I don't think so.
What's going on here?
Ozzy's trying to get pledges for the dance-a-thon.
I'll give you 10 to leave.
-Make it 100.
-I'll make it five.
-Do you know what? Your name is down for ten.
Right now, we're warming up for the dance-a-thon
and the turnout is amazing.
Our troupe, B-Troupe and even J-Troupers are taking part.
How is everybody feeling?
So, all of you guys are going to be dancing for 12 hours straight.
As soon as you stop dancing, you are immediately eliminated.
People have donated money by the hour.
The more time you dance, the more money you raise.
For example, if my mom pledged 5 an hour and I dance for 12 hours,
I get, like, 60 bucks.
Piper, you have the most pledges, so if you dance the longest,
you will raise the most money.
Who's going to dance the longest?
This was my idea. Of course I'm going to raise the most money.
One pledge from Emily is like five pledges from regular people.
Let's be real here, of course I'll win the dance-a-thon.
I'm going to raise the most money at the dance-a-thon. Henry? Pfft.
Hey, Piper, who do you think will raise more money?
-Oh, my gosh.
-Henry or myself?
Well, Henry here has been dancing longer, so probably him.
You know, don't underestimate me.
I've been working really hard in my contemporary classes.
Here, let me show you some partnering.
-Yo, is she OK?
-I'm so sorry.
-What's going on?
I think I twisted my ankle, but...
..I'll be fine.
-I'll be OK. I'll be able to dance.
-There's no chance you're dancing.
But I raised the most pledges, I have to dance.
If I dance for zero hours, I raise zero money.
If a dancer's injured, she will not dance.
Not on my watch.
We just lost the person who raised the most money.
What are we going to do now?
I need to talk to Heather because she would be the perfect person
to take my place for the dance-a-thon.
I hope she agrees.
Hey, Heather. I need your help.
You know what, Piper?
You went and told the entire studio about my private money issues.
Now everyone's trying to throw money at me like I'm a charity case.
Piper should have at least asked me
before she went and planned all this.
I'm very, very sorry, I...
I should have asked your permission.
But the dance-a-thon's not about you any more,
it's about anyone who can't afford to dance.
The Next Step's setting up a scholarship fund.
The scholarship fund is for any dancer that can't afford dance
competitions or dance classes or costumes.
They deserve to dance like every one of us.
I need someone to take my spot.
I don't know if I want to take Piper's place.
She just embarrassed me in front of everyone.
But it is for a good cause.
Good news, guys.
Heather's decided to take my place.
It's a really nice surprise to see Heather walk in
and take Piper's spot.
I mean, this means a lot to us.
I wouldn't want any other person taking my place.
I just hope Heather can last 12 hours.
This means that we're officially ready to start the dance-a-thon.
-Let's get this started!
Michelle and I want to start things off in style.
This is a big day, so we've got to do it right.
The dancers need to keep up their energy for this dance-a-thon
and hopefully this duet will inspire them.
All the time that West and I have trained together at The Next Step,
we have never danced just a duet,
so this is going to be really fun for the team to see.
Michelle and I don't really get to show off like this much any more,
but give us the chance and we can always bring it.
This is the first time I'm seeing anyone from Michelle's troupe dance.
They're really good. I can't believe they're this incredible.
Three, two, one! Let's go!
The clock is ticking and I really hope the dancers are ready
because the dance-a-thon starts now.
We are three hours into the dance-a-thon and I'm fine,
but we have nine more hours to go.
I have to keep moving the whole time.
If I stop, I'm out.
Check these out - hips.
Henry's tired, Henry's slow, Henry's old. I'm beautiful.
This Kingston kid thinks he's going to beat me?
He's got another think coming.
Check this out, check this out. Right here, right here.
-Yeah, that was good, right?
-Yeah, I want to try that later.
-Yo, guys, I think I'm stuck, man.
-Stuck? What do you mean, stuck?
-I think I'm stuck, man.
-He needs help.
I actually think he needs help. Keep dancing!
-This way. This way.
What's going on? What's wrong?
Honestly, I think I just pulled a muscle.
-Oh, and it hurts so bad.
-OK, you need to rest and relax.
Oh, yeah, I'm relaxing.
-No more dancing for you.
-Oh, say no more.
It's not even like I gave up or I was too tired, my muscle pulled.
That means one less guy between me and the finish line.
Sorry, honey, you're out.
You've stopped dancing.
All right, guys, juices are here, everyone take a five-minute break.
I'm bringing some juice for everyone at the dance-a-thon
because it's a good thing to do and it helps out the team.
At the end of the day, they're all my friends and they always will be.
Hey, bro, I got you a drink.
No, thanks, I'm not thirsty.
I thought things between Henry and I would be good
now that he has a girlfriend, but he's still acting weird.
Well, if you do get thirsty, it'll be right here.
I know that Noah likes Jacquie
and I'm having a real hard time getting over it.
OK, guys, everyone back out on the dance floor. Let's go.
Richelle is so focused on being dance captain.
She needs to let loose and have a little fun.
So, I convinced her to go to the dance-a-thon,
and I had to tell her a little white lie.
She's groovy but... The musicality, I think she could be more on beat.
Lola said that Emily wants us to go scout some dancers
at the dance-a-thon to see who we can maybe take onto our team,
so I'm going to be looking for some great technique and some grooves
and see what style they can bring to the table.
Hey, girl. Where'd you get those sneakers?
They look like dancing shoes.
-Care to dance?
Again! I don't think he gets the picture here.
I'm sorry, I have some things to do.
-Right, cool, I'll get you next time.
Actually, you know, I think you should go dance with him.
-Well...what better way to assess his dancing
than actually dancing with him, right?
I mean, we're on a mission here.
Dancing with Ozzy is the perfect opportunity
for Richelle to have some more fun. Ozzy is so goofy.
How could he not make her laugh?
He could be way better than what you think he is.
What I do for Emily.
Ozzy. Do you want to dance with me?
People didn't think that it would happen.
But it's all coming together.
You actually know my name?
Wow. My life is complete.
You're eliminated. You stopped dancing.
Hey...it's all worth it.
I have mixed feelings.
I'm not happy that I'm eliminated, but Richelle asked me to dance.
Actually, I feel great.
Hour eight and I'm feeling pretty tired, to be honest.
My legs are starting to shake and I didn't really expect that.
I'm ready to drop out. Eight hours is just too long to be dancing.
Everyone's looking a little tired, but I have some backup.
All right, people. Let's go!
Michelle called us up and she asked us for a favour.
She asked us to come into the dance-a-thon
and help just reenergise the new dancers.
You know, we just want to give them that extra boost.
I thought I was going to be benched, but this is giving me a second wind.
When I see Riley, Eldon and Talia dancing,
it just reminds me of the old days
and how awesome The Next Step really is.
Let's go, Eldon!
James, West and Eldon dancing together
is just making everyone so hype.
This is exactly what the dancers need to get over this hump.
Eldon, West and James are doing tricks I've never seen before.
They're absolutely insane.
I love dancing with the guys.
I feel like they're the legacy of the studio that we need to carry on.
It's just something really special to me.
After I do my last flip,
my legs are too wobbly and they can't support my body.
Yo, Kingston just can't handle us. What can I say?
Well, you're eliminated now.
Sweet moves, though.
-All right, you tried, buddy.
Let's get you out of here. Let's get you out of here.
It feels bad to be out of the dance-a-thon
but it feels worse to know that I just lost to Henry.
I won. I won.
Don't celebrate yet, I'm still here.
I hope Henry paced himself because Kingston was nothing compared to me.
You got moves.
Yes, Heather, those extensions...
Heather is amazing.
I mean, she's so tall, she has long lines and she's just so groovy.
I love it.
You're lucky to have her on your team.
I'm not exactly on the team yet.
Well, you should join. Or at least try out next year.
-She's definitely A-Troupe material.
Dancing with these girls is really making me miss dance.
A lot. Maybe I was too quick to turn down the scholarship.
-What's up, Pipes?
-How's your ankle?
-It's OK. It'll get better.
Listen, I just came here to tell you that, you know,
you probably could have put a little bit more work into this,
the decorations... A little sloppy.
-I'm playing with you, Pipes.
Look at this! This is insane.
This is spectacular.
Pipes, I never could have done anything like this
when I was on A-Troupe.
Nice work, dance captain.
I've always been stuck in my brother's shadow.
It's always, "Your brother did this, your brother did that."
Now he's here telling me that I've done something
that he would never have been able to do.
It was nice that James was here to see this.
I'm absolutely exhausted and there's still 30 minutes left.
But we're almost there, so I'm not about to stop dancing.
Heather and I are the last dancers standing.
This is it. A fight to the finish.
Walking into Studio A is always a little bit weird.
I mean, not only do I have a lot of memories there,
but it also just isn't my home any more.
TNS East is.
-Hey! I didn't know you were going to be here.
-I miss you.
-Does Mom know you're here?
-Oh, look at us!
Little studio head club.
Former studio head, current studio head.
No. Not quite.
I have no idea why Emily is at this dance-a-thon.
Is she here to cause trouble? Because I have no time for that.
Emily, what are you doing here?
-I brought you this cheque.
I don't think that'll be necessary.
I think we're raising a lot of money today, so...
Look, when we do compete against each other,
I want it to be a fair fight, and if that means lending you a hand
and getting some amazing dancers, then...so be it.
Noah invited me to the dance-a-thon,
but I couldn't make it until I was finished rehearsal.
I'm here to see the end.
I'm really happy you came.
-I'm glad I'm here.
-Those guys have been going at it for, like, hours.
-Yeah, that's insane.
-I've no clue how they're still standing.
It's nice to see Henry and Heather having fun together.
They make a pretty cute couple.
Jacquie comes in and she's cosying up to Noah.
I don't need to see this. I've been dancing for almost 12 hours.
You know what? I'm done.
I know exactly how Henry's feeling, but he can't give up.
We're so close to the end.
Henry... Don't bail now. There's less than a minute left.
After seeing that, I'm ready to leave, but Heather pulls me back in.
And I'm glad she did. We're going to win this thing...
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Heather and I tied for first place,
and I am happy to share the title with her.
Heather really pulled through for our team.
And I hope she realises that this is the place for her.
# Can you feel the love? #
Watching James and his band
is the perfect way to end the dance-a-thon.
# Why don't you grab my hand?
# And I'll lead you out to the promised land... #
Emily would never let us do anything like this.
She doesn't really consider the fun part of dance.
I do have to admit, I had fun.
# I can feel the love
# Give it all I got
# Take it to the sky... #
Looking out and seeing everybody dancing to our music is amazing.
Because that's our music, that's what we hoped for, so it's great.
# If we can make it past and it can all be fine... #
There's a great vibe in here.
I wish the two studios could be like this all the time.
# Take to the sky
# I can feel it building around me
# Building towards the sky
# I can feel it... #
I think Heather is an amazing dancer and we need her.
We didn't throw a dance-a-thon for no reason,
and I hope she takes this.
I love dancing here.
Honestly, I would love to join TNS West,
and I think I deserve this now.
I think I'm going to take it.
In order to raise funds for a potential new dancer who can't afford competitive dance, TNS West throws a dance-a-thon fundraiser, which is attended by some exciting guest stars. Noah wants to support his friends at TNS West, but Jacquie isn't so sure they should be fraternizing with the enemy. As Lola and Richelle become better friends, Lola tricks Richelle into loosening up.