Kate is shocked when she learns that Riley left The Next Step and resigned as Studio Head without letting her know, but is pleased when she give the position to Emily.
Kate tells Emily that she is going to build an extension to the studio and that she will be splitting A-Troupe in half. Kate makes Emily head of TNS East and Michelle head of TNS West. Kate decides that the new studio will be named Studio East and Studio A will be renamed as Studio West.
After the merge, Kate allows The Next Step to attend Regionals.
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