In the series "The Next Step," teen dancers prepare for an upcoming regional competition while navigating drama and cliques. Created by Frank van Keeken, the young adult series showcases its stars' talents in contemporary, ballet, hip hop and break dancing.
The fictional show, filmed in Canada, is shot in a reality-style format. As of 2015, it is only airing in Canada, the U.K. and Australia. The show documents a main group of dancers, dubbed the "A-Troupe," which includes dance captain, Emily, played by Alexandra Beaton; newcomer Michelle, played by Victoria Baldesarra; Emily's sister, Riley, as portrayed by Brittany Raymond; ballet aficionados Daniel and Chloe, played by Brennan Close and Jennifer Papas, respectively; and West, James and Eldon, played by Lamar Johnson, Trevor Tordjman and Isaac Lupien, respectively.
Actress Bree Wasylenko plays the enthusiastic head advisor of the A-troupe, Kate, who owns the studio and provides the dancers with a home-away-from-home environment to hone their skills. The character archetypes are typical of young adult stereotypes such as the womanizer, the innocent new girl, the coveted popular girl and her minions, and the sensitive type. Detailing tumultuous friendships and romantic relationships, "The Next Step" offers young dance lovers a glimpse into the complex realities of the often-glamorized world of competitive dance.