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The next step is a Canadian drama about dancers- there is a LOT of drama involved. Season 1 characters include Riley, Emily, James, Michele, Chloe and more. So far, there have been 7 seasons of the hit CBBC show. A continuous dancer from season 1, who has gone from j troupe to a troupe, is Richelle.

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The Next Step
The letters for the Next Step logo, created by small circles.
Genre Teen drama
Created by Frank Van Keeken
Starring Current and past cast
Theme music composer Grayson Matthews
Opening theme Stand Up
by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows
Ending theme
  • Stand Up
    by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows (seasons 1-4)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 206 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Taylor
  • Ivan Schneeberg
  • David Fortier
  • Rachael Schaefer
  • Karen McClellan
  • Laura Harbin
  • Rachael Schaefer
  • Chloe Van Keeken
  • Jay Prychidny
  • Amy Wright
  • Laurie McLarty
  • Laura Notarianni
  • Amy Cole
  • Brian Hartigan
Production location(s) Production studio:
Filmport Presentation Centre, Toronto

Exterior and street shots:
Colborne Street
Dundas Street
Front Street
Jarvis Street
University Avenue
Yonge Street
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–43 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Radical Sheep Productions
Distributor Boat Rocker Rights
BBC Worldwide
Original network Canada
Family Channel (Series 1-6)
CBC Gem (Series 7-present)
United Kingdom
United States
Universal Kids
Picture format
Original release March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) – present (present)
Related shows Lost & Found Music Studios

The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series created by Frank Van Keeken. It follows the members of a troupe from the titular dance studio, as they train for and compete in various championships. They deal with rivalries with other dance schools and drama among the team itself. The series is shot in a mockumentary style influenced by reality television. It premiered on Family Channel on March 8, 2013 and has aired on Universal Kids in the United States and CBBC in the United Kingdom, respectively. The series has also spawned digital content, as well as live touring shows featuring its cast members.


List of The Next Step episodes


  • Alexandra Beaton as Emily
  • Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle
  • Bree Wasylenko as Kate
  • Myles Erlick as Noah
  • Briar Nolet as Richelle
  • Sage Linder as Summer
  • Lamar Johnson as West
  • Jordan Clark as Giselle
  • Isaac Lupien as Eldon
  • Brennan Clost as Daniel
  • Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie
  • Logan Fabbro as Amanda
  • Brittany Raymond as Riley
  • Trevor Flanagan-Tordjman as James
  • Jennie Pappas as Chloe
  • Natalie Krill as Phoebe
  • Taveeta Szymanowicz-Bramble as Thalia
  • Zac Vran as Hunter
  • Alexandra Chaves as Piper
  • Emmerly Tinglin as Kenzie
  • Shamier Anderson as Chris
  • Francesca Van Keekan as Margie
  • Devon Brown as Max
  • Megan Mackenzie as Beth
  • Cierra Healey as Cierra
  • Shantel Angela Vailloo as Shantel
  • Skylar Healey as Skylar
  • Abigail Bregman as Abi
  • Shelby Bain as Amy
  • Giuseppe Bausilio as Alfie
  • Allie Goodbun as Cassie
  • Akiel Juilen as LaTroy
  • Isaiah Peck as Henry
  • Erika Prevost as Sloane
  • Ella Gilling as Ella
  • Hanna Miller as Heather
  • Julian Elia as Elliot
  • Dawson Handy as Josh
  • Julian Lombardi as Ozzy
  • Jessica Lord as Lola
  • Dylan Ratzlaff as Jacquie
  • Noah Zulfikar as Kingston
  • Milaina Robinson as Zara
  • Alexandre Deakin as Ty
  • Kelly Fanson as Angela
  • Joshua Lamb as Jones
  • Madi Langdon as Winnie
  • Liam Mackie as Finn
  • Carter Musselman as Heath
  • Katie Ortencio as Lily
  • Berkeley Ratzlaff as Davis
  • Emily Roman as Presley
  • Benjamin Williams as Pete
  • Brianna Dieblot as Grace
  • Myles Dobson as Nick
  • Danielle Verayo as Cleo
  • Shane Mahabir as Ethan
  • Kolton Moore as Marcus
  • Monquie Paul as Maya
  • Renne Romolo as Izzy
  • Molly Saunders as Jude

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Shaw Rocket Prize Children (ages 6-to-12) The Next Step Won
2013 Digi Awards Best in Cross-Platform Kids The Next Step Interactive Won
2014 KidScreen Awards Best Companion Website The Next Step Interactive Nominated
2014 Canadian Cinema Editors Awards Best Editing in 1/2 Hour Broadcast Short Form Jay Prychidny Won
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Episode – "Sabotage" Nominated
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step Nominated
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Alejandro Alcoba and Carling Tedesco Nominated
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Brittany Raymond Nominated
2015 British Academy Children's Awards Kids' Vote Frank van Keeken Won
2016 British Academy Children's Awards Kids' Vote Frank van Keeken Won
2016 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actor (14 - 21) Myles Erlick Nominated
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Brittany Raymond Won
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step Nominated
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance, Children's or Youth Akiel Julien Nominated
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Writing, Children's or Youth Rachael Schaefer Nominated
2018 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction, Children's or Youth Derby Crewe Nominated
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step Nominated
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance, Children's or Youth Akiel Julien Nominated
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Writing, Children's or Youth Karen McClellan Nominated
2019 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Mitchell Ness Nominated

Digital content

The Next Step Interactive

The Next Step Aftershow
The logo used for The Next Step Aftershow, using the main logo as well as the words "Aftershow" with a white shadow.
Genre Talk show
Based on The Next Step
  • Asha Bromfield
  • Lovell Adams-Gray
  • Luke Watters
  • Kelly McNamee
  • Samantha Munro
  • Jordan Clark
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 50
Running time 1–3 mins
Production company(s)
  • Temple Street Productions
  • Family Channel

The aftershow started when an episode finished. It was approximately 1–3 minutes long, and was hosted by five members: Asha Bromfield, Lovell Adams-Gray, Luke Watters, Kelly McNamee, and Samantha "Sam" Munro. The aftershow talks about The Next Step and breaks down some parts to help the viewer understand storylines.

The Next Step: Off Season

Since the fourth season, The Next Step has had an off season, where the events between the end and start of a season are displayed. The off season typically involves hints for the approaching season, as well as introducing new characters.


The Next Step has a website with information about the characters, a schedule of episodes, a gallery of shots and videos from the show and a store, with The Next Step related clothing. It also includes a soundtrack for The Next Step.


Hit The Floor Tour

The Next Step: Hit The Floor Tour
Shopping Mall tour by The Next Step
The Next Step Hit The Floor Tour Promotional Poster.jpg
A promotional poster for the Conestoga Mall tour date
Start date October 19, 2013 (2013-10-19)
End date October 27, 2013 (2013-10-27)
No. of shows 9

On September 27, 2013, Paul Cormack of Family Channel announced that The Next Step cast would go on a tour. Cormack announced:

"We are always looking for new and exciting ways to connect with our audience on a national level. The Next Step Hit The Floor Tour reaches viewers in their own communities, providing a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience that demonstrates Family Channel's commitment to creating unique opportunities for its fans."

Not all of the cast members were the hosts of the tours. Only Victoria Baldesarra, Lamar Johnson, Isaac Lupien, Jennifer Pappas, Brittany Raymond, and Trevor Tordjman were part of the tour.

Each event consisted of the cast performing in groups, a Q&A period where the audience asks questions, and a session to get freebies for attending the event. The first 200 attendees were given a wristband, which would get them an autograph signed by the hosts.

Date City Country Venue
October 19, 2013 Oshawa Canada Oshawa Centre
Toronto Scarborough Town Centre
October 20, 2013 Richmond Hill Hillcrest Mall
October 21, 2013 Waterloo Conestoga Mall
October 22, 2013 Halifax Mic Mac Mall
October 24, 2013 Winnipeg Kildonan Place
October 25, 2013 Edmonton Kingsway Mall
October 26, 2013 Calgary The Core
October 27, 2013 Vancouver Metrotown

Due to the attendance numbers at the previous six malls, Family Channel moved the event in the Kingsway Mall from inside to the parking lot.

Wild Rhythm Tour

The cast of The Next Step went on a third tour during 2016. The tour was to visit Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland. This was the first international tour by the cast.

Not all the cast went on the tour; it only included Victoria Baldesarra (Michelle), Trevor Tordjman (James), Jordan Clark (Giselle), Taveeta Szymanowicz (Thalia), Isaac Lupien (Eldon), Lamar Johnson (West), Myles Erlick (Noah), and Briar Nolet (Richelle). Newcomer Isaiah Peck, who was to star as Henry in season 4, also attended the tour. Taveeta Szymanowicz (Thalia) was only on the Canadian tour. Brittany Raymond (Riley) was on the European shows and could not go to the shows in Australia and New Zealand because of a family problem.

Date City Country Venue
North America
February 3, 2016 London Canada Budweiser Gardens
February 4, 2016 Hamilton FirstOntario Concert Hall
February 5, 2016 St. Catharines Meridian Centre
February 6, 2016 Kitchener Centre In The Square
February 7, 2016 Sudbury Sudbury Community Arena
February 9, 2016 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
February 11, 2016 Regina Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts
February 12, 2016 Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
February 13, 2016 Medicine Hat Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
February 14, 2016 Kelowna Kelowna Community Theatre
February 15, 2016 Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre
February 17, 2016 Calgary Stampede Corral
February 18, 2016 Saskatoon TCU Place
February 19, 2016 Winnipeg Pantages Playhouse Theatre
February 21, 2016 Sault Ste. Marue GFL Memorial Gardens
February 24, 2016 Montreal Place des Arts
February 25, 2016 Kingston Leon's Centre
February 26, 2016 Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
February 27, 2016 Québec Grand Théâtre de Québec
February 28, 2016 Moncton Casino New Brunswick
February 29, 2016
March 1, 2016 Halifax Scotiabank Centre
March 3, 2016 St. John's Mile One Centre
April 1, 2016 Madrid Spain Auditorio A. Recinto Ferial Juan Carlos I
April 2, 2016 Barcelona L'Auditori
April 4, 2016 London England Lyric Theatre
April 5, 2016 New Wimbledon Theatre
April 6, 2016 Dublin Republic of Ireland Olympia Theatre
April 7, 2016 York England Barbican Centre
April 8, 2016 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
April 9, 2016 Birmingham Birmingham Town Hall
April 10, 2016 Manchester The Lowry
September 18, 2016 Melbourne Australia Hamer Hall, Melbourne
September 20, 2016 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
September 22, 2016 Perth Perth Concert Hall
September 24, 2016 Sydney Big Top Sydney
September 26, 2016 Brisbane Queensland Performing Arts Centre
September 28, 2016 Auckland New Zealand Aotea Centre
October 29, 2016 Bath England The Forum

Absolute Dance Tour

Nine of the season 6 cast toured Australia, England, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland, in September, October, and November 2019.

The touring cast were Shelby Bain (Amy), Alexandra Chaves (Piper), Sage Linder (Summer), Liam Mackie (Finn), Briar Nolet (Richelle), Isaiah Peck (Henry), Berkeley Ratzlaff (Davis), Dylan Ratzlaff (Jacque), and Noah Zulfikar (Kingston). Also Victoria Bladesarra (Michelle) joined for the Australia leg of the tour. With Myles Erlick (Noah) joining on the UK leg. Alexandra Chaves missed the first few UK shows due to health issues but rejoined in Manchester with fewer dances. By the end of the tour she was doing the full show again.

Fans also had the chance to meet the cast and have there photo taken with them. The m&g included watching them rehearse, a private question and answer session, a signed poster and a VIP meet and great land yard all before the show. They did two shows on some days one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Where as other days they only did one.

Date City Country Venue
September 19, 2019 Newcastle Australia Newcastle Civic Theatre
September 21, 2019 Melbourne Melbourne Convention Centre
September 22, 2019 Geelong Geelong Performing Arts Centre
September 24, 2019 Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall
September 25, 2019 Gold Coast Home of the Arts
September 28, 2019 Wollongong Wollongong Entertainment Centre
September 29, 2019 Canberra Canberra Theatre Centre
October 1, 2019 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
October 3, 2019 Hobart Wrest Point Hotel Casino
October 5, 2019 Sydney Big Top Auditorium
October 8, 2019 Perth Perth Superdrome
October 17, 2019 Glasgow Scotland SEC Armadillo
October 19, 2019 Manchester England O2 Apollo
October 20, 2019 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
October 21, 2019 Leicester De Montfort Hall
October 22, 2019 London Hammersmith Apollo
October 24, 2019 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
October 25, 2019 Brighton Brighton Centre
October 26, 2019 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
October 27, 2019 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
October 29, 2019 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
October 30, 2019 York Barbican Centre
October 31, 2019 Bath The Forum
November 2, 2019 Dublin Republic of Ireland Olympia Theatre
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