The Next Step (2013 TV series)
|The Next Step|
|Created by||Frank van Keeken|
|Theme music composer||Grayson Matthews|
by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows
by Jessica Lee and Kit Knows
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||154 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Filmport Studio, Toronto|
|Running time||22–43 minutes|
|Original network||Family Channel|
|Original release||March 8, 2013 – present|
|Related shows||Lost & Found Music Studios|
The Next Step is a Canadian television series, that is broadcast in over 120 countries.
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.
Production Company Synopsis
|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|
- Alexandra Beaton as Emily (seasons 1–2, 5-6)
- Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle (seasons 1-6)
- Brennan Clost as Daniel (seasons 1–3, 5)
- Lamar Johnson as West (seasons 1-3, 5)
- Brittany Raymond as Riley (seasons 1–4)
- Isaac Lupien as Eldon (seasons 1-4)
- Trevor Tordjman as James (seasons 1–4)
- Jordan Clark as Giselle (season 1–3)
- Logan Fabbro as Amanda (seasons 1–4)
- Myles Erlick as Noah (seasons 1–6)
- Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie (season 1–4)
- Taveeta Szymanowicz as Thalia (season 2–4, 6)
- Briar Nolet as Richelle (seasons 2–6)
- Alexandra Chaves as Piper (season 4–6)
- Akiel Julien as LaTroy (season 4–6)
- Shelby Bain as Amy (season 4–6)
- Isaiah Peck as Henry (season 4–6)
- Dylan Ratzlaff as Jacquie (season 5-6)
- Milaina Robinson as Zara (season 5)
- Jessica Lord as Lola (season 5-6)
- Dawson Handy as Josh (season 5)
- Julian Lombardi as Ozzy (season 5-6)
- Noah Zulfikar as Kingston (season 5-6)
- Hanna Miller as Heather (season 5)
- Alex Zaichkowski as John
- Bree Wasylenko as Miss Kate
- Allain Lupien as Lucien
- Nicholas Maiorano as Nick
- Craig Brown as The Masked Man
- Darian Mark as Ben
- Jaclyn Riley as Becca
- Jhaliel Swaby as Jake
- Levi Randall as Theo
- Shane Harte as Luke
- Tamina Pollack–Paris as Tiffany (season 1)
- Natalie Krill as Phoebe (seasons 2–3)
- Rachel Riley as Gabi (seasons 2–3)
- Cierra Healey as Cierra (season 3)
- Devon Brown as Max (season 3)
- Skylar Healey as Skylar (seasons 3–4)
- Erika Prevost as Sloane (season 4)
- Giuseppe Bausilio as Alfie (season 4)
- Allie Goodbun as Cassie (season 4)
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 12, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.
On April 9, 2013, Family Channel announced that it had green lighted a second season of the show. Kevin Wright, the Senior Vice President of Programming at 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."
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 Temple 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." The second season of The Next Step started filming on July 24, 2013.
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 will premiere in Canada in September 2018.
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. 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 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!.
On August 27, 2017, Boat Rocker Rights announced that NBCUniversal's Universal Kids has acquired the U.S. linear distribution rights to The Next Step; and will also serve as a production partner for Season 6.
Awards and nominations
|2013||Shaw Rocket Prize||Children (ages 6-to-12)||The Next Step||Won|
|Digi Awards||Best in Cross-Platform Kids||The Next Step Interactive|
|2014||KidScreen Awards||Best Companion Website||Nominated|
|Canadian Screen Awards||Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series||The Next Step|
|Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series||Episode – "Sabotage"|
The Next Step Interactive
|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 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.
Hit The Floor Tour
|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||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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|September 16, 2016||Sydney||Australia||Big Top Luna Park|
|October 29, 2016||Bath, Somerset||United Kingdom||The Forum, Bath|
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