The Next Step (2013 TV series)

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The Next Step
The letters for the Next Step logo, created by small circles.
Genre Teen drama
Docudrama
Created by Frank Van Keeken
Starring
  • Shelby Bain
  • Victoria Baldesarra
  • Giuseppe Bausilio
  • Alexandra Beaton
  • Devon Brown
  • Alexandra Chaves
  • Jordan Clark
  • Brennan Clost
  • Myles Erlick
  • Logan Fabbro
  • Allie Goodbun
  • Samantha Grecchi
  • Dawson Handy
  • Cierra Healey
  • Skylar Healey
  • Lamar Johnson
  • Akiel Julien
  • Julian Lombardi
  • Jessica Lord
  • Isaac Lupien
  • Hanna Miller
  • Briar Nolet
  • Jennifer Pappas
  • Isaiah Peck
  • Tamina Pollack-Paris
  • Erika Prevost
  • Dylan Ratzlaff
  • Brittany Raymond
  • Milaina Robinson
  • Taveeta Szymanowicz
  • Trevor Tordjman
  • Zac Vran
  • Noah Zulfikar
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
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 154 (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
Location(s) Filmport Studio, Toronto[2]
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor BBC Worldwide[1]
Family Channel[1]
HBO Asia[1]
Release
Original network Universal Kids (USA)
Family Channel[1] (Canada)
Picture format
Original release March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) – present (present)
Chronology
Related shows Lost & Found Music Studios
External links
Website

The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama television series created by Frank van Keeken, and produced by Temple Street Productions. Shot in a dramatic mockumentary style, the series focuses on a group of dancers who attend The Next Step Dance Studio.[3] The studio had former regional, national and international titles but lost them all when their rival, Gemini Dance Studio won these prestigious dance competitions.

Family Channel premiered the series in 2013. Its premiere had the largest audience of any original series on the channel since its launch in 1988, with 574,500 P2+ AMA viewers, and over one million P2+ viewers.[4] The series is filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[5]

Production

Development

In February 24, 2012, Family Channel announced that it had ordered 26 half-hour episodes (including S1 and S1.5),[6] and a four episode season finale.[7] Special content was also going to be available, including The Next Step Interactive. Filming began July 12, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.[8]

On April 9, 2013, Family Channel announced that it had green lighted a second season of the show.[4] Kevin Wright, the Senior Vice President of Briar and Brittany. Programming of Astral commented: "Family is an industry leader when it comes to making innovative programming that resonates with the tween audience. The Next Step is something different for Family and we recognize that we took a bit of a risk with the show. But we're delighted that our viewers have embraced the show in a big way. The record-breaking viewership and incredible reaction demonstrate that the show's appealing characters and relatable storylines really connect with our audience. We are thrilled to order a second season of this creative and highly entertaining series."

David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, the co-presidents of Temple Street Productions, also commented, saying:"The Next Step offers something viewers have been asking for in a tween series — drama and dance with compelling characters and storylines. We are pleased to be able to produce more episodes of this unique series for Family Channel."[4]

On June 17, 2013, Temple Street Productions announced that it had come up with a partnership with Segal Licensing. John Young, the Managing Director of "Tempal street Productions" said, "The Next Step has proven to be a ratings hit in Canada and is soon to air in many territories internationally. We are delighted to be working with Segal, who are leaders in the licensing world, to expand The Next Step brand and allow us to bring a variety of new opportunities for fans to get more of this hit show."[9] The second season of The Next Step started filming on July 24, 2013.<[1]

On May 5, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered on March 16, 2015.[10] On April 16, 2015, it was announced that the series would return for a fourth season, which premiered on February 15, 2016.[11] 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.[12] The series has been renewed for a sixth season of 26 episodes which will premiere in 2018.[13][14]

Cast

Main

  • Alexandra Beaton as Emily (season 1–2,3,4,5)
  • Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle (seasons 1–5)
  • Brennan Clost as Daniel (season 1–2,3,5)
  • Lamar Johnson as West (season 1–4,5)
  • Myles Erlick as Noah (seasons 2–5)
  • Alexandra Chaves as Piper (season 4–5)
  • Briar Nolet as Richelle (seasons 2-5)
  • Akiel Julien as LaTroy (season 4–5)
  • Shelby Bain as Amy (season 4–5)
  • Isaiah Peck as Henry (season 4–5)
  • Dylan Ratzlaff as Jacquie (season 5)
  • Milaina Robinson as Zara (season 5)
  • Jessica Lord as Lola (season 5)
  • Dawson Handy as Josh (season 5)
  • Julian Lombardi as Ozzy (season 5)
  • Noah Zulfikar as Kingston (season 5)
  • Brittany Raymond as Riley (seasons 1–4)
  • Isaac Lupien as Eldon (season 1–5)
  • Trevor Tordjman as James (seasons 1–4)
  • Jordan Clark as Giselle (season 1–3)
  • Logan Fabbro as Amanda (seasons 1–4)

Recurring

  • Alex Zaichkowski as John
  • Allie Goodbun as Cassie (season 4)
  • Bree Wasylenko as Miss Kate (seasons 1-5)
  • Cierra Healey as Cierra (season 3)
  • Craig Brown as The Masked Man
  • Darian Mark as Ben
  • Devon Brown as Max (season 3)
  • Erika Prevost as Sloane (season 4)
  • Giuseppe Bausilio as Alfie (season 4)
  • Jaclyn Riley as Becca
  • Jhaliel Swaby as Jake
  • Levi Randall as Theo
  • Natalie Krill as Phoebe (season 2-3)
  • Nicholas Maiorano as Nick
  • Rachel Riley as Gabi (season 2-3)
  • Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie (season 1–3)
  • Shane Harte as Luke
  • Skylar Healey as Skylar (seasons 3–4)
  • Tamina Pollack–Paris as Tiffany (season 1)
  • Taveeta Szymanowicz as Thalia (season 2–4)
  • Allain Lupien as Lucien

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 30 14 March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) June 7, 2013 (2013-06-07)
16 September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) January 3, 2014 (2014-01-03)
2 34 17 March 7, 2014 (2014-03-07) June 6, 2014 (2014-06-06)
17 September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) January 2, 2015 (2015-01-02)
3 30 15 March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16) April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
15 September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) December 11, 2015 (2015-12-11)
4 40 20 February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15) June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)
20 October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14) May 12, 2017 (2017-05-12)
5 20 10 May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26) August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
10 October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13) December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)

Broadcast

On January 8, 2014, BBC Worldwide licensed the series to several international broadcasters, including ABC3 in Australia, Hulu in the United States, and CBBC in the United Kingdom.[15] To date, CBBC aired the first series from April 7, 2014, the second series from April 6, 2015, and the third series from August 24, 2015. The first half of the fourth series began on September 5, 2016[16] and the second half began on April 11, 2017. The fifth series started airing from August 22, 2017. Since September 30, 2017, new episodes air as part of the live Saturday morning show Saturday Mash-Up!.

In Canada, the show also airs on Vrak, in French, and AMI TV, in described video.

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
Starring
  • 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
Production
Running time 18–20 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.

Aftershow

Season 1

The aftershow starts when the episode is finished.[17] 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.[18] 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.[17] The whole aftershow can be viewed on the Family Channel's website.[19]

Seasons 2 and 3

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 Show

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.[20][21]

Tours

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

Date[22] City County 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 Metropolis at 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.[23]

Wild Rhythm Tour

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 Hamilton Place Theatre
February 5, 2016 St. Chatharines Meridian Centre
February 6, 2016 Kitchener Centre in the Square
February 7, 2016 Sudbury Sudbury Arena
February 9, 2016 Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
February 11, 2016 Regina Conexus Arts Centre
February 12, 2016 Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
February 13, 2016 Medicine Hat Esplanade Theatre
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 Essar Centre
February 24, 2016 Montreal Place des Arts
February 25, 2016 Kingston Rogers K-Rock Centre
February 26, 2016 Toronto Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
February 27, 2016 Quebec City Grand Théâtre de Québec
February 28, 2016 Moncton Casino New Brunswick
February 29, 2016
March 1, 2016 Halifax, Nova Scotia Scotiabank Centre
March 3, 2016 St. John's Mile One Centre
Europe
April 1, 2016 Madrid Spain Auditorio A. Recinto Ferial Juan Carlo I
April 2, 2016 Barcelona Auditori de Barcelona
April 4, 2016 London United Kingdom Lyric Theatre
April 5, 2016 Wimbledon
April 6, 2016 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
April 7, 2016 York United Kingdom Barbican Centre, York
April 8, 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Hall
April 9, 2016 Birmingham Birmingham Town Hall
April 10, 2016 Manchester The Lowry
Oceania
September 16, 2016 Sydney Australia Big Top Luna Park
Europe
October 29, 2016 Bath, Somerset United Kingdom The Forum, Bath

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Shaw Rocket Prize Children (ages 6-to-12) The Next Step Won [24]
Digi Awards Best in Cross-Platform Kids The Next Step Interactive [25]
2014 KidScreen Awards Best Companion Website Nominated [26][27]
Canadian Screen Awards Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series The Next Step [28][29]
Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series Episode – "Sabotage"

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External links

  • The Next Step on IMDb
  • Brodie, Anne (March 3, 2013), "Alexandra Beaton interview, in 'The Next Step' on Family Channel, Canada", m&c, retrieved March 9, 2013 
  • The Next Step on Hulu 
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