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Previously on The Next Step.
Did you get Miss Kate's e-mail?
Only one troupe can represent The Next Step at regionals.
Let's have a competition. TNS East versus TNS West.
We're warming up for the danceathon and the turnout is amazing.
James West and Eldon dancing
together is just making everyone so hype.
We just want to give them that extra boost.
She's definitely A-Troupe material.
Honestly, I would love to join TNS West and I think I deserve this now.
Five, six, seven, eight.
I'm taking my team through the choreography for the dance battle,
making sure it's the best it can be.
Better than Michelle's hip-hop routine, at least.
One, two, three, four, five, six, Stop right there. OK.
Where are the lines?
My dance is better than Emily's.
I think it is way better than contemporary.
Hip-hop is exciting and fresh and
contemporary can be super boring.
My dance is amazing.
It is technically perfect but it just needs something...
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
This dance is fun and flashy but it's missing something.
If Miss Kate is going to choose us over TNS East,
I know she'll be looking for a dance that showcases technique.
OK, so it looks great, it really, really does look beautiful,
but it's missing something.
I don't know. Almost like an oomph.
In today's dance world,
I think it would be silly of me to underestimate the wow factor.
I mean, it's not as important as technique,
but if we're going to win this battle,
I know Miss Kate will want to see it.
We're going to have to add a hip-hop section.
Five, six, stop right there.
This routine is really hip-hop heavy.
Maybe we could add some more contemporary moves.
I need to hire somebody that can help us out.
Someone who understands my team's contemporary style but will be able
to add an explosive hip-hop section.
Somebody that understands my team's hip-hop roots but can add a
-And I know just the person.
Michelle, how's your little hip-hop routine going?
Can I get some strawberries, please?
My little hip-hop routine is going great.
What Emily doesn't know is that I've asked Eldon to come in to
choreograph some killer contemporary to mix with our hip-hop routine.
..contemporary. Oh, sorry, it just sounds so boring.
You need a Tic Tac first of all.
And I guess you wouldn't really understand if you can't do it.
What Michelle doesn't know is Eldon is going to add something that
Daniel and I can't - a hip-hop section.
You enjoy that juice.
Thanks, enjoy your strawberries.
I'm not worried at all about going head-to-head with Michelle.
She doesn't even have a full team yet.
If I'm going to battle Emily's team, I need to find my tenth dancer now.
-Are you Michelle?
-Nice meet you.
-Nice to meet you, as well.
I e-mailed you about the spot on the team.
-Are you ready to audition?
-I was born ready.
All the dancers I've auditioned so far have been disappointing.
I'm not getting my hopes up at this point.
# I see you watching
# I see you criticise... #
Elliot is surprising me.
His technique is flawless.
His control is extraordinary.
Elliot is just an amazing dancer.
# I'm not listening
# I'm gonna knock them down Bring them to their knees... #
I dance because it's what I love to do.
It's all I know.
I started dance at the age of three.
My parents put me into a studio and it grew from there.
All of the boys in my team are fantastic street dancers but Elliot
is a technical dancer.
He would be an amazing partner to Heather or Piper.
# Yeah, just call my name... #
I have to have Elliot on my team.
Wow, I am blown away.
-That was brilliant.
-Welcome to the team.
-I mean, it's...
-I'm not really a hugger.
Oh, OK. That's all right.
-You won't regret this.
-I know I won't.
I finally have all ten dancers.
I'm so excited.
-Are you sure? Let me...
-No, I'm really not a hugger.
OK. All right.
-OK, that's all right.
Oh, my gosh.
I'm here today because Emily wants a hip-hop section in her contemporary
routine and she asked me and I was excited.
I haven't done hip-hop in a while, so I'm going to tackle it.
-How's it going?
-Good, how are you?
-So, are you ready to work your magic with A-Troupe?
-Of course, I have a lot of ideas. I'm excited.
-Will I love it?
-Yeah, yeah. It's great.
-Cool, I'm glad.
-Um, they're going to be here in, like, ten minutes, I would say.
I think we'll just get started right off the bat so you have as much time
-as possible with them.
-Sweet, sounds good.
-Just enough time to grab some juice, so I'll be right back.
Eldon, I mean, he's been such a goof in the past,
but I think he's going to come up with some amazing choreo.
Hi, can I get a strawberry juice?
-I'm so happy that you're here.
I'm really surprised to see Michelle here so early.
Our rehearsal isn't until later this afternoon.
I was worried that you didn't get my e-mail.
You know, I didn't realise that there was a rec rehearsal in
Studio A, so I had to move our rehearsal up.
-So it's great that you're here early. It's perfect.
Yeah, your e-mail. I got that.
Nope, totally did not get that e-mail.
No e-mail, no notification, nothing about an e-mail.
VOICEOVER: I mean, who e-mails any more?
Yeah, that's why I'm here...
Well, we're going to take about ten minutes before we actually start,
so why don't you come to the studio?
Um, you know what? I'm still waiting for my juice and I want to listen to
the song more, so I'm going to need a couple of extra minutes,
-but I'll be there soon.
-I'm counting on you.
-All right, I'm excited.
Yeah. So am I. Great.
If Michelle or Emily find out that I'm choreographing for both of them,
I could be in a bit of trouble.
It feels so great to finally have a full team.
OK, guys, listen up.
Meet Elliot. He is the missing piece to our troupe and this means that we
finally have a full team and we're ready to compete.
I definitely think Elliot will get along with all the other dancers.
He is so nice.
You're too kind. I mean, I'm just happy to be a part of the team.
-It already feels like home.
Well, I need all of you guys to start stretching.
Eldon should be here shortly, OK?
-Awesome. Get to it.
-Hi. I'm Kingston.
I probably won't remember your names, so...
The only name you'll have to remember.
Oh, that's cold.
Elliot seems a bit intense but maybe
he just doesn't make good first impressions.
So, have you all been dancing here for a while now?
Up until a little while ago, I was dancing in my basement,
but now look at me.
I'm on the same team as you.
Hold on, this guy's going to be
competing with me but he learned to dance in his basement?
Your transition from basement dancer
to competitive dancer is...inspiring.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, did that just happen?
Did this guy just diss me?
This guy better be a good dancer, because his attitude stinks.
Where is Eldon?
He should have been here by now.
Whoo! Let's go!
Right now, I'm watching all the girls freestyle because I want one
of those girls to do a solo section in the number.
I love Eldon's idea of having a female hip-hop solo.
I obviously think he should pick me.
Michelle is texting me, asking where I am.
I have to get back ASAP.
Who knew auditions took this long?
Eldon won the bangers and mash-ups competition.
He is one of the best hip-hop dancers ever and if he picked me,
that'd be the highest honour.
This is really important to me
because I finally want to make my mark on this team.
I'd be so proud of myself and it's just,
it would be such a big thing in my life.
This solo means everything.
To have a featured solo in A-Troupe is the biggest deal ever.
My biggest competition is definitely Jacquie.
She's killing it out there.
JACQUIE: I'm really trying to get Eldon to notice me.
I'm really trying to stand out and I think it's working.
Good job. Girls, that was incredible.
You guys all killed that.
That was awesome. Now, I do have to make a decision,
so the person that I decided to go with is...
PHONE BEEPS CONTINUOUSLY
OK, it's a little later than I thought it was,
so I've got to get out of here. I've gotta go.
Who did you decide on?
- Congratulations. - Lola, good job.
I can't believe I got the solo.
I mean, I know I danced well,
but it also means that I'm finally fitting in here.
I crushed that audition.
My hip-hop moves are way better than Lola's.
If anyone deserved that solo, it was me.
Eldon is really late.
Everyone is getting super antsy.
I really hope hiring Eldon wasn't a mistake.
This is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.
I don't know how I'm going to get out of this mess.
Kingston, I want to try something.
We're waiting for Eldon and he's taking for ever,
-so what are we going to do?
Hey, you guys, what's up?
How's it going? Is it good?
Where have you been?
You know what, it's actually funny, cos, um,
I was listening to the music that you sent me and I didn't know that I
had it on repeat, so I just kind of was like, how long is this song?
Michelle is totally buying my excuse.
There's no way she has any idea that I'm at Emily's studio.
OK, anyways, all right, let's get going, let's get going.
Show me what you've got.
I'm so smart.
Five, six, seven, eight.
-Walk one, two...
-Eldon's been gone a really long time.
We're just waiting for him to come back.
-Hey, guys, how's it going?
We've been practising spacing for 20 minutes.
Perfect. OK, I love that.
Um, so, yeah, keep working on that.
Actually, you know what? Brainstorm some ideas.
I like where you guys are going with it. Um, just keep going.
You guys are doing great.
I've got to head out but I'll see...
I'll see you soon, OK?
Brainstorm, you've got it.
What just happened?
My headspace right now is kind of being split into two.
If only there were two of me.
I just blew my own mind.
You know, I think things are going really well.
They don't know that I'm switching between both studios.
Everyone knows I run on Eldon time.
I've got to keep this going because if Michelle and Emily find out that
I've double booked at both studios,
that's a situation I don't want to be in.
OK, people, ready to work.
I can't believe this. So unprofessional to be late.
Jacquie's on Emily's team.
How does Eldon even know Jacquie?
It just doesn't make sense.
This next section's going to be great.
I have a lot of stuff planned. Are you ready to do contemporary?
Don't you mean hip-hop?
Yeah. Oh, man, I'm so confused.
Wait, is it? Wait, I thought it was...
OK, guys, let's get it going.
Um, let's take it from where we left off, yeah?
OK, so, we were going to...
-Eldon, what's happening here?
-Oh, don't worry, Emily, I got it.
Uh-oh. That was a big mistake.
I said family.
I said family, because we're all a big family, right?
Come on, group hug.
Bring it in. Come on, people, group hug.
It's a big, big family.
Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh.
That was close but I think I covered pretty well.
Hey, how's it going? Thanks.
I've got to go.
What are you guys doing sitting down?
Come on, stand up. We've got work to do, people.
Let's go. Noah, hurry up.
-I'm tired of this.
-Eldon is totally wasting our time.
Hey, bud, try teaching a dance.
I want to work on the solo, so Lola, step forward.
What are you doing?
You just told me to step forward.
-Are there two Lolas in A-Troupe?
Wait, who are you, then?
Yeah, I'm really sorry but I wanted to work with Jacquie.
That's, uh, that's real bad.
It's, OK, um...
Yeah, I just...
I thought for a second that I might have actually been the best dancer.
I'm super embarrassed because
I feel like I'm not good enough to be here...
and it's just hard.
All right, Jacquie, come forward.
Um, yeah, let's just get started.
I really wanted that solo...
..but not like this.
OK, guys, we're going to go from here.
Got it? Since Eldon seems to have disappeared,
I'm trying to keep this rehearsal going but none of us really know
what the choreo is. What are the arms here?
I think the right arm comes into the left.
I can see Piper needs a little help as dance captain.
I'm happy to be there for her.
Piper, I know I'm new here, but I have a question.
What is that squirt doing in the front row?
Who are you referring to exactly?
The short one with the glasses.
My name is Ozzy.
Listen, you want to be a winning team, right?
That's what I thought. So if you want to win, you've got to move
basement dancers and Fozzy over here
to the back row and dancers like myself to the front.
As dance captain, I don't know how to handle this.
I mean, he's being disrespectful to the team-mates.
You don't agree? I understand that dance comes from the heart but this
is competitive dance, this is a sport.
We are competing to win. I'm not
going to spare anybody's feelings if it means we're going to lose.
You know what, everyone? Take five.
We need Elliot on the team badly but clearly he's lacking social skills.
I think I'm going to need to talk to Elliot.
I'm going to see Lola because I feel terrible.
She does not deserve this.
I'm really sorry for how things turned out.
I feel like an idiot.
No, you're not.
The worst thing is that I actually thought that I was the best dancer.
I know how this feels and I want to cheer her up.
At my old studio,
I was so insecure and the only way to get over it was to work as hard
as I could.
Jacquie, you're an amazing dancer and you really deserve the solo.
Jacquie has always been competitive and determined,
but it's really nice to see this side of her.
I'm going to work extra hard, just like Jacquie did,
and hopefully I'll get the next solo.
Oh, man, finally I get to relax and, you know,
reward myself for a job well done.
-You stop right there.
-We know everything.
-You've been choreographing for both of us?
-At the same time?!
How could you ever do that to us?
That is completely unacceptable to both Michelle and I.
I know how to get out of this. I have a plan.
-I guess we both had the same idea.
-His choreo was so good, though.
-I know, his choreography is amazing.
-I'm so upset.
-Great minds think alike.
Elliot was being very disrespectful today and I need to
let him know that that's not how things work at TNS West.
This team's like a family.
We're very inclusive.
You know, we embrace and accept all dance styles and training styles.
Every dancer is special.
Like a unicorn, and that's what makes our team so unique.
Unicorns? Really, Piper? Unicorns?
That is so cute.
It explains why Michelle would pick a child to be their dance captain.
They're obviously living in a fairy tale if they expect to win with
that philosophy and this random mix of dancers.
I'm beginning to realise that
this team needs a lot more work than I thought.
However, it's a good thing I'm here.
Sometimes, it's just easier to cut the deadwood -
and this team has a lot of that - and just move on.
That's how you become the best and that is how you win competitions.
I don't know how the Troupe could possibly work with Elliot.
He is a nightmare. This guy has got to go.
# I see you watching
# I see you criticise
# From the sidelines
# I might be shooting just like Kanye
# Selling more units than Beats by Dre
# Best be suited up when you come my way
# Yeah, I'm a saviour
-# Top of the town
-Top of the town
# My bad behaviour, you know it's all they care about
# Just call my name. #
In advance of the TNS East/West face-off to determine which troupe will represent the studio at regionals, Michelle's troupe gets their tenth and final dancer. Michelle thinks her dreams have come true, but her new member could turn out to be her worst nightmare. Eldon double-books himself as choreographer for TNS East and West, and struggles to keep his commitment to both. Things between Lola and Jacquie get complicated when their team's featured soloist is chosen.