The Next Step (2013 TV series)
The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series. It follows the members of a troupe from the titular dance studio, as they train for and compete in various championships, and their members 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.
|The Next Step|
|Created by||Frank van Keeken|
|Starring||Current and former cast|
|Theme music composer||Grayson Matthews|
|Opening theme||Stand Up|
by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||180 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Production studio:|
Filmport Presentation Centre, Toronto
Exterior and street shots:
|Running time||22–43 minutes|
|Distributor||Boat Rocker Rights|
|Original network||Family Channel|
|Original release||March 8, 2013 –|
|Related shows||Lost & Found Music Studios|
The series 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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||30||14||March 8, 2013||June 7, 2013|
|16||September 20, 2013||January 3, 2014|
|2||34||17||March 7, 2014||June 6, 2014|
|17||September 12, 2014||January 2, 2015|
|3||30||15||March 16, 2015||April 2, 2015|
|15||September 11, 2015||December 11, 2015|
|4||40||20||February 15, 2016||June 24, 2016|
|20||October 14, 2016||May 12, 2017|
|5||20||10||May 26, 2017||August 11, 2017|
|10||October 13, 2017||December 13, 2017|
|6||26||13||September 29, 2018||October 28, 2018|
|13||March 2, 2019||April 7, 2019|
In February 24, 2012, Family Channel announced that it had ordered 26 half-hour episodes (including S1 and S1.5), and a four episode season finale. Special content was also going to be available, including The Next Step Interactive. Filming began July 19 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. On April 9, 2013, Family announced that it had renewed the series for a second season.
On May 5, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on March 16, 2015. On April 16, 2015, it was announced that the series would return for a fourth season, which premiered on February 15, 2016. On March 21, 2016, Frank van Keeken announced on Instagram that The Next Step would return for a fifth season, which premiered on May 26, 2017. The series has been renewed for a sixth season of 26 episodes which premiered in Canada on September 29, 2018. A 26-episode seventh season has been confirmed; the season is set to premiere with a two-part special at the end of 2019, with the rest of the season continuing in 2020.
The Next Step is filmed at Filmport Presentation Centre, Toronto.
The series premiere of The Next Step set ratings records for Family, with at least 574,000 viewers on its initial broadcast—which set a record for Family's highest-rated original series premiere.
On January 8, 2014, BBC Worldwide licensed the series to several international broadcasters, including ABC Me in Australia, Hulu in the United States, and CBBC in the United Kingdom. In Canada, the show also airs on Vrak in French.
In August 2017, the U.S. rights to the series were sold to Universal Kids, with the network also becoming a production partner for the sixth season. Boat Rocker Media, owner of the show's producer, Radical Sheep Productions, cited a reduction in funding for the series from DHX Media (owner of the series' Canadian broadcaster Family) as an impetus for the arrangement.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Shaw Rocket Prize||Children (ages 6-to-12)||The Next Step||Won|||
|Digi Awards||Best in Cross-Platform Kids||The Next Step Interactive||Won|||
|2014||KidScreen Awards||Best Companion Website||The Next Step Interactive||Nominated|||
|Canadian Screen Awards||Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series||The Next Step||Nominated|||
|Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series||Episode – "Sabotage"||Nominated|||
The Next Step InteractiveEdit
|The Next Step Aftershow|
|Based on||The Next Step|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||18–20 min|
The Next Step Interactive is the website component to The Next Step. The website has an "About the Show", "Dance Mashup" and "Aftershow" section.
The aftershow starts when the episode is finished. It is approximately 1–3 minutes long as only a part of the aftershow is premiered after each episode. It is 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 it better. It may also give the viewer different perspectives on the characters. The whole aftershow can be viewed on the Family Channel's website.
Seasons 2 and 3Edit
In Seasons 2 and 3, the aftershow was overhauled. The new aftershow was about characters (e.g. Becoming Michelle) and in Season 3, Cast Cams were created. It was more of a behind-the-scenes aftershow rather than, as with Season 1, being about what happened in the show.
About the ShowEdit
The About the Show section has information about the characters of the show, a schedule of shows, a gallery of shots and videos from the show and a store, with The Next Step related clothing. It also includes The Next Step soundtrack.
Hit The Floor TourEdit
|Shopping Mall tour by The Next Step|
A promotional poster for the Conestoga Mall tour date.
|Start date||October 19, 2013|
|End date||October 27, 2013|
|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."
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 people to attend the events were given a wristband, which would get them an autograph signed by the hosts.
|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|
Wild Rhythm TourEdit
The cast of The Next Step went on a third tour during 2016. The tour will visit Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland. It will be the first international tour by the cast.
Not all the cast are going on the tour. Only 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 will star as Henry in season 4, will also attend the tour. Taveeta Szymanowicz (Thalia) was only on the Canadian tour, Brittany Raymond (Riley) was on the European shows and she could not come to the shows in Australia and New Zealand because of a family problem.
Absolute Dance TourEdit
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