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


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 Skylar.

A-Troupe usually practices in Studio A.


Current Members

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.[2]


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. "Work It." Wikia. Retrieved on June 10, 2016.

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