|“||The auditions are in here, right?||”|
Kate enters Studio A and introduces herself as the owner of The Next Step, having assumed the role from her mother. Chris, who accompanies Kate, introduces himself as the head choreographer. Kate and Chris confer about Regionals before a stream of dancers flood in for the A-Troupe — the highest and most competitive troupe in the studio, preceding B-Troupe and J-Troupe — auditions. Dancers from B-Troupe and previous A-Troupe members audition to be on the team, as no spots are guaranteed. Chris gets the dancers' attention by doing the first Dolphin Tail of the year and tells them that auditions are about to commence.
There are only ten spots open in A-Troupe. The E-Girls, an Elite group of A-Troupe girls, are introduced; the members are Stephanie, Riley, Tiffany, Giselle, and Emily as the leader. The majority of the group believes the group's name to be derived from the "e" sound at the end of all of the members' names (except for Giselle, whose nickname is therefore "Ellie"), although Emily confesses that the group's name is actually derived from from the first letter of her name, making them the "Emily Girls" by default.
The dancers are put into groups for the auditions. The first group consists of Daniel, West, Emily and Stephanie. Daniel dances first and confesses that he started dancing at seven, and although it was hard because everyone had already started to dance four years before him, it gave him a good work ethic. He also confesses that if he doesn't make it into A-Troupe, it is the end of his dance career. Stephanie dances next and confesses that she dances because she can't imagine doing anything else. West dances and confesses that he used to be in a street dance crew and then was in B-Troupe, but is auditioning for A-Troupe to bring his dancing to the ultimate level. Emily confesses that she has been at The Next Step since she was two and that she was in Baby Ballet, J-Troupe, B-Troupe, and A-Troupe. She also confesses that Stephanie is her best friend and that Riley is her "baby" sister. The second group is comprised of Beth, Riley, Charlie and Chloe. Riley confesses that she got into dance because of Emily and that she loves her despite her overprotective nature. Beth dances first and messes up, essentially ruining her chances of making A-Troupe. Riley dances next, nervous at possibly having her position taken from her. Charlie auditions next. While he auditions Eldon approaches Emily to ask her out, having an unrequited five-year crush on her and is unsurprisingly rejected. Chloe dances next and confesses that she has been dancing at The Next Step since she was six and that she has always wanted to be a part of E-Girls. Afterwards an unnamed dancer performs, followed by Tiffany who confesses that dancing allows her to be Beyoncé on stage. She is followed by an unnamed Irish dancer and another unnamed dancer. Kate confesses that she plans on winning Regionals unlike the previous year, so that their group of dancers needs to be strong. The final group is comprised of: James, Eldon, and Giselle. Just as the final group is about to perform, a girl with long, shoulder-length blonde hair enters the studio and inquires about the auditions. Everyone, especially Emily, is shocked at her arrival. After revealing herself to be named Michelle she enters the office to converse with Kate and Chris.
Michelle explains that she just moved from Madison, Wisconsin, and has been dancing since she was three. Emily enters the office and introduces herself to Michelle as the dance captain. In her naive optimism, Michelle reveals that she was dance captain at her old studio. Chris reveals that Michelle will be auditioning for A-Troupe, silently upsetting Emily even further. Michelle somehow misinterprets Emily's facade for genuine hospitality.
The auditions resume with Michelle now in the final line-up. James auditions first and confesses that he dances because it gives him an advantage with girls. The E-Girls tease Riley then, claiming that she's blushing as she watches James dance, although Riley claims disinterest. Eldon dances afterward and confesses that the more he dances, the more respect Emily will have for him. Giselle is dances next and confesses that she has been dancing since the age of five; A-Troupe means the world to her and she wouldn't know what she'd do if she didn't get in. Michelle is the last to dance. Everyone except Emily and Stephanie is astounded by how good of a dancer she is. Chris and Kate comment on how great the dancers were and leave to confer.
A few of the dancers introduce themselves to Michelle and compliment her on her dancing. James says that he is sure he has seen her face before but cannot place it. Daniel, also seeing a resemblance in Michelle, asks her if she's won anything. She replies evasively, not wanting people to know that she was Miss National Soloist. Although, having just discovered that Michelle was Miss National Soloist via her phone, Stephanie confides in Chloeand her fellow E-Girls. Emily is visibly aggravated by the discovery and dismisses it, despite Riley's disagreement. Emily turns to look at Michelle. Michelle waves at her to which Emily waves back in a cruel manner, causing Michelle to have mixed feelings for her.
The E-Girls sit in Squeezed, a juice bar and hangout for the dancers. As they are conversing, West tells them that Kate and Chris are about to put up the list. Subsequently, the girls run to the studio.
As she puts up the list, Kate confesses that she had to cut some great dancers that she worked with in the past and is sure that Emily will not be pleased with the decision.
- Michelle is the previous year's Miss Nationals Soloist.
- This is the only episode to feature a Coming Up... segment.
- Trevor Tordjman as James
- Brittany Raymond as Riley
- Isaac Lupien as Eldon
- Jennifer Pappas as Chloe
- Brennan Clost as Daniel
- Alexandra Beaton as Emily
- Lamar Johnson as West
- Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie
- Victoria Baldesarra as Michelle
- Tamina Pollack-Paris as Tiffany
- Jordan Clark as Giselle
- Bree Wasylenko as Kate
- Shamier Anderson as Chris
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