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The 17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals is set in Season 3 from "Welcome to Miami" to "How It Ends." It takes place in Miami, Florida at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House and Knight Concert Hall during 2015.

The SNR Network coverage of the event is hosted by Ashley Leggat and Chuck Anderson.

The winner is The Next Step Dance Studio.

History Edit

Before the actual competition commences, an exchange program takes place in which a dancer from each team that is competing travels to another team's country in order to learn about their culture.

Information about the competition is sent sporadically to the teams by way of letters. This is to ensure that the teams are ready for anything that comes their way.

Competitors Edit

160 teams compete in this competition, although not all of the teams are revealed.

  1. Canada: The Next Step Dance Studio
  2. Sweden: Stockholm Dansteater
  3. England: Summerford School of Dance
  4. Italy: Accademia Toscana di Danza
  5. South Africa: Cape Town Royal Dance Company
  6. Jamaica: Kingston Dance Central
  7. Philippines: Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw
  8. Poland: Wojdan Dance Academy
  9. France: Locronan École Royal de Danse
  10. Germany: Institut für Tanz Dresden
  11. Brazil: Dança Unido Brasil
  12. Mexico: México Principal Club de Baile
  13. The United States of America[1]
  14. Greece[1]
  15. Ireland[2]
  16. Australia
  17. Spain
  18. Vietnam
  19. Malta
  20. Ghana
  21. Slovenia
  22. China
  23. Estonia
  24. Switzerland: Alfie's studio

Rules Edit

To ensure that the teams are ready for anything, the information is disclosed individually and at different intervals in time before the competition in the form of letters. The rules are as follows:

  • All teams must have a Dance Captain.
  • All teams must have only 10 dancers, but are permitted to have 2 alternates.
  • Teams must have:
    • A female soloist
    • A male soloist
    • A 2-7 person dance
    • A 5 person dance
    • A semi-finals routine
    • A finals routine
    • A duet (as a tie-breaker)

Rounds Edit

Male solo round Edit

This round is not an elimination one. Instead, the team of whomever wins the overall title of Mister Internationals Soloist gets a five-point advantage over the other teams, which can only be used once.[3]

Mister Internationals Soloist: Kyle of Stockholm Dansteater

Female solo round Edit

This round is not an elimination one. Instead, the team of whomever wins the overall title of Miss Internationals Soloist gets a five-point advantage over the other teams, which can only be used once.[3]

Miss Internationals Soloist: Ella of Summerford School of Dance

4-Country dance Edit

A dancer from each team is picked with them being randomly grouped together in fours to create a routine. Only 16 teams (the top four groups) qualify to the next round.[2]

Qualifying teams Edit

  1. Capetown Royal Dance Company
  2. Summerford School of Dance
  3. Institut für Tanz Dresden
  4. Accademia Toscana di Danza
  5. Kingston Dance Central
  6. Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw
  7. The Next Step Dance Studio
  8. Wojdan Dance Academy
  9. Locronan École de Danse
  10. Stockholm Dansteater
  11. Vietnam
  12. Estonia
  13. Ghana
  14. Malta
  15. Dança Unido Brasil
  16. Ireland

2-7 Person dance Edit

This dance must be done blindfolded. There are four spotters situated at the edge of the stage; if a dancer goes too far to the edge, their team will be disqualified. Only 8 teams qualify to the next round.[4]

Qualifying teams Edit

  1. Summerford School of Dance
  2. Stockholm Dansteatre
  3. The Next Step Dance Studio
  4. Kingston Dance Central
  5. Institut für Tanz Dresden
  6. Wojdan Dance Academy
  7. Cape Town Royal Dance Company
  8. Accademia Toscana di Danza

Disqualified teams Edit

  1. Manila Paardan Ng Sayaw

"Music Mystery" Round: Turning Competition/5 Person Dance Edit

All dances must be done to the song "Shining Lights." In order to decide how much time each team has to reconstruct their dance to this song, a preliminary turning competition takes place; the winner's team goes last and is therefore granted the most time to practice, while the loser's team must perform first without having heard the song. 4 teams qualify to the next round.[5]

Qualifying teams Edit

  1. Accademia Toscana di Danza
  2. Summerford School of Dance (by way of their five point advantage)
  3. Stockholm Dansteater
  4. The Next Step Dance Studio

Semi-finals Edit

This round is without twists. After this round, only 2 teams qualify to the next.

Qualifying teams Edit

  1. The Next Step Dance Studio
  2. Stockholm Dansteater

Finals Edit

This round is without twists. It determines the winner of the competition unless there is a tie. In such a case, a tiebreaker will ensue. After the finals, The Next Step and Stockholm Dance Theatre tie; The Next Step originally wins with 97 to 92 points, but with Stockholm Dance Theatre's five point advantage, the teams tie. This is the first time that such an instance has happened in Internationals history.[6]

Duets Edit

The duet round is only used as a tiebreaker. After the duets, The Next Step is deemed the winner of the 17th annual Absolute Dance Internationals championship.[6]

The Next Step Dance Studio's Team Edit

Featured Edit

  1. Eldon
  2. Noah
  3. Cierra
  4. West
  5. Max
  6. Riley
  7. Thalia
  8. Giselle
  9. James
  10. Stephanie

Alternates Edit

  1. Michelle
  2. Amanda

Gallery Edit

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

To view the Absolute Dance Internationals/17th Annual Absolute Dance Internationals gallery, click here.


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Next Step - Season 3 "Internationals" Trailer 1 Youtube (Oct 5, 2015). Retrieved on December 5, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "We Are the World." Wikia. Retrieved on November 20, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "When the War Is Over." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  4. "Blind." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  5. "Turn, Turn, Turn." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "How It Ends." Wikia. Retrieved on August 6, 2016.

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