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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
The letters for the Next Step logo, created by small circles.
GenreTeen drama
Created byFrank van Keeken
StarringCurrent and former cast
Theme music composerGrayson Matthews
Opening themeStand Up
by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows
Ending theme
  • Stand Up
    by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows (seasons 1-4)
  • Songs from The Next Step (season 5–)
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes180 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Frank van Keeken[1]
  • Ivan Schneeberg[1]
  • David Fortier[1]
Producer(s)
  • Laura Harbin
  • Rachael Schaefer
  • Chloe Van Keeken
  • Jay Prychidny
  • Amy Wright
  • Laurie McLarty
  • Laura Notarianni
Production location(s)Production studio:
Filmport Presentation Centre, Toronto[2]

Exterior and street shots:
Colborne Street
Dundas Street
Front Street
Jarvis Street
University Avenue
Yonge Street[3]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorBoat Rocker Rights
Release
Original networkFamily Channel[1]
Picture format
Original releaseMarch 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsLost & Found Music Studios
External links
Website

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.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
13014March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08)June 7, 2013 (2013-06-07)
16September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)January 3, 2014 (2014-01-03)
23417March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07)June 6, 2014 (2014-06-06)
17September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12)January 2, 2015 (2015-01-02)
33015March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
15September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11)December 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
44020February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)
20October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
52010May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
10October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)December 13, 2017 (2017-12-13)
62613September 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)
13March 2, 2019 (2019-03-02)April 7, 2019 (2019-04-07)

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In February 24, 2012, Family Channel announced that it had ordered 26 half-hour episodes (including S1 and S1.5),[4] and a four episode season finale.[5] Special content was also going to be available, including The Next Step Interactive. Filming began July 19 2009 in Toronto, Ontario.[6] On April 9, 2013, Family announced that it had renewed the series for a second season.[7]

On May 5, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on March 16, 2015.[8] On April 16, 2015, it was announced that the series would return for a fourth season, which premiered on February 15, 2016.[9] 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.[10] The series has been renewed for a sixth season of 26 episodes which premiered in Canada on September 29, 2018.[11][12] 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.[13]

FilmingEdit

The Next Step is filmed at Filmport Presentation Centre, Toronto.

Exterior and street shots were shot on location in Downtown Toronto. Locations include: Dundas Street, Front Street, Jarvis Street, University Avenue, and Yonge Street.

The exterior shots posing as The Next Step studio are from Colborne Street.[14][15]

BroadcastEdit

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.[7]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Shaw Rocket Prize Children (ages 6-to-12) The Next Step Won [18]
Digi Awards Best in Cross-Platform Kids The Next Step Interactive Won [19]
2014 KidScreen Awards Best Companion Website The Next Step Interactive Nominated [20][21]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step Nominated [22][23]
Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series Episode – "Sabotage" Nominated [22][23]

The Next Step InteractiveEdit

The Next Step Aftershow
 
GenreTalk show
Based onThe Next Step
Starring
  • Asha Bromfield
  • Lovell Adams-Gray
  • Luke Watters
  • Kelly McNamee
  • Samantha Munro
  • Jordan Clark
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50
Production
Running time18–20 min
Production company(s)
External links
Website

The Next Step Interactive is the website component to The Next Step. The website has an "About the Show", "Dance Mashup" and "Aftershow" section.

AftershowEdit

Season 1Edit

The aftershow starts when the episode is finished.[24] 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.[25] 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.[24] The whole aftershow can be viewed on the Family Channel's website.[26]

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.[27][28]

ToursEdit

Hit The Floor TourEdit

The Next Step: Hit The Floor Tour
Shopping Mall tour by The Next Step
 
A promotional poster for the Conestoga Mall tour date.
Start dateOctober 19, 2013 (2013-10-19)
End dateOctober 27, 2013 (2013-10-27)
No. of shows9

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 people to attend the events were given a wristband, which would get them an autograph signed by the hosts.

Date[29] 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 number in the past six malls, Family Channel announced that they had moved the event in the Kingsway Mall from inside to the parking lot.[30]

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.

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
Europe
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
Oceania
September 16, 2016 Sydney Australia Big Top Auditorium
Europe
October 29, 2016 Bath England The Forum

Absolute Dance TourEdit

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

The touring cast are: Shelby Bain, Alexandra Chaves, Sage Linder, Liam Mackie, Briar Nolet, Isaiah Peck, Berkeley Ratzlaff, Dylan Ratzlaff, and Noah Zulfikar.[31][32][33]

Date City Country Venue
Oceania
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
Europe
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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