A running gag is a joke or a comical reference that appears repeatedly throughout the show.
"Oh my dance" or "OMD"
- The climactic moments in episodes would be documented as OMD moments in the Season 1 Aftershow.
- Tré Armstrong uses the phrase at Nationals(Episode needed).
- Beth uses the phrase ("Today I'm Getting Over You").
Name change of the juice bar
- In Season 1 the juice bar under Studio A is known as Squeezed.
- In Season 2, the juice bar is called Culture Shock.
- In Season 3, the juice bar is called Hidalgo's.
- In Season 4, the juice bar is called Java Junction.
- In Season 5, the juice bar is called Neutral Grounds.
- Riley lampshades this trend ("One More Time").
- The reason for the annual name change is due to the owner's travels to Orange County, Tokyo, Spain, Colombia and space. ("Here Comes Your Man").
Refurbishment of the secondary rehearsal room
- In Season 1, the room is known as Studio B.
- In Season 2 and Season 3, the room is known as the Music Room.
- In Season 4, it is known as the Rehearsal Room.
- Leading up to and during Season 1, Eldon is infatuated with Emily.
- For some of Season 2, Eldon is infatuated with Michelle.
- Eldon grows to like Thalia in Season 3.
- Unlike previous relationships Eldon has, this one appears to be serious, as the two are still dating. Eldon has even told Thalia that he loves her ("Here Comes Your Man").
"Don't even worry about it"
- James is the main character to use this phrase.
- The phrase has been coined by several characters, most notably: Riley, Michelle, and Piper.
- The gag is lampshaded in "Song for Riley" ("Put You First").
- Main article: Dolphin Tail
- Chris is the main character to perform this.
- Kate, Daniel, West, James, and Eldon coin the move ("Video Killed the Radio Star").
- Emily coins this move ("Dancing in the Street").
- Miss Kate, the entirety of A-Troupe, most of the audience at Regionals, Chuck Anderson, and Stacey Tookey coin the move ("Winner Takes All").
- Main article: Shawarma
- James loves shawarma to the point that he is willing to obtain food poisoning if it means he gets to eat it ("She's Not You).
West's strange quotes
- Main article: West North/Quotes
Phoebe's Strange quotes
- Main article: Phoebe/Quotes
"The auditions are in here, right?"
- Michelle says this when she arrives at the studio ("Get the Party Started").
- Daniel says this when he returns to the studio to audition when Chloe leaves ("I Hope I Get It").
- Piper asks James a variation of this question ("One More Time").
The Next Step Dance Studio/A-Troupe's continuous loss of dancers
- Season 1: Giselle, James, Stephanie, Emily, Daniel, and Chloe leave the studio/troupe. (All of the dancers, except Daniel, eventually return during the season.)
- Season 2: Chris, Tiffany, Stephanie, Andy, Lily, Daniel, Michelle, Chloe, Emily, and Amanda leave the studio/troupe. (All return - except for Daniel, Tiffany, Stephanie, and Chris - during the season.)
- Season 3: Eldon, Emily, Hunter, James, Shantel, and Chloe leave the studio. (Only James and Eldon return.)
- Season 4: James, Stephanie, Max, Giselle, Thalia, Phoebe, West, Eldon, Riley, Cierra, Amanda and Kate leave the studio/troupe. (None, except Amanda, have returned thus far.)
- Richelle lampshades this gag in "Can't Fight This Feeling," claiming that the studio loses a dancer every 5 minutes.
- Max is often seen drinking milk in Hidalgo's on several occasions.
- Max lampshades this gag ("Mixed Messages").
- Max's hobbies include square-dancing, burping, football.
- Amanda hurriedly dumps a costume on West when rushing to see Max perform his solo.
- West hurriedly dumps a costume of Amanda when attempting to his her surprise party.
- Main article: Mountain spring water