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James Riley West season 3 episode 19 "Spoiler alert—he dies at the end."

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Emily tns season 1 "I think Kate and Chris's dance is great for two old people."

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A-Troupe is the former highest rank at The Next Step, above B-Troupe, J-Troupe, and Baby Ballet.

A-Troupe is not completely defunct, but has been split into separate troupes, being TNS East and TNS West. A-Troupe can be used interchangeably between the two teams, but is usually used to describe TNS East.


Cathy created A-Troupe in 1995.[1]

Only twelve can be in A-Troupe (10 competing at Absolute Dance competitions, 2 being alternates) except in Season 1, when only ten are allowed on the team. Every year, a dancer has to audition for the troupe as no spot is guaranteed. Although, Dance Captains seem to be immune to such a rule, as in Season 2, Michelle and Emily do not have to audition. Although, Emily (still a Dance Captain) still has to audition in Season 1.

To elaborate on the role of Dance Captain, A-Troupe is, presumably, the only troupe in the studio that has a Dance Captain; the known ones are: Kate, Emily, Michelle and Giselle. Currently, A-Troupe's Dance Captain is Richelle.

A-Troupe usually practices in Studio A.

A-Troupe eventually splits into two separate troupes: TNS East and TNS West.[2]


Former Members


In Season 2, after making it to Nationals, A-Troupe decides to buy professional uniforms in order to fit in with the other dance teams, and they hire designers Zoltan and Minnow to create them in exchange for A-Troupe being models in one of their fashion shows. The resulting uniform consists of a blue hooded jacket with the logo of The Next Step on the front and back and the letter 'A' for 'A-Troupe' on the right shoulder. The rest of the uniform consists of a lighter blue shirt, with fitted blue leggings for the girls and loose blue tracksuit pants for the boys.[3]


Kathy Riley season 3 episode 13 "Look at that painting!"

To view the A-Troupe gallery, click here.


  1. The Next Step Souvenir Book. Wikia. Retrieved on May 15, 2016.
  2. "Go West, Young Michelle." Wikia. Retrieved on May 21, 2017.
  3. "Work It." Wikia. Retrieved on June 10, 2016.

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