Riley: Where do you want me?
Emily: The beach.
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"Steal My Sunshine" is the 5th episode in Season 1 of The Next Step and the 5th episode overall. It first aired on March 15, 2013.


Some of the dancers go to the beach while Emily and the E-Girls run the studio’s Dance Camp.


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Emily orders Riley to go to the beach.

A-Troupe is in Studio A, working on the beginning stages of their Regionals routine. Emily comments that their dancing is B-Troupe material and, after a five-minute break, they will resume rehearsal. Then, Kate and Chris enter the studio, and Kate says that since they have Dance Camp at the studio the following day, the dancers will get a day off. Most of the dancers decide to go to the beach. Emily tells them that the E-Girls will be helping out with Dance Camp and will be unable to join. When Riley asks Emily where she wants her to go, Emily cruelly replies "The beach," which saddens Riley and solidifies that she is no longer an E-Girl.

Michelle, Riley, Eldon, West, Daniel, and James are at the beach and are all excited. After West claims that he will go fishing with a kid's fishing pole toy, James realizes how weird he truly is.

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Riley comments that the E-Girls aren't that bad.

At the studio, the E-Girls welcome the young dancers during the commencement of Dance Camp, as E-Girl rule #6 is that an E-Girl always lends a hand at the studio. All of the E-Girls are thrilled to be helping, except for Chloe due to her fear of children. At the beach, Michelle compliments Riley on her necklace and it is revealed to really be Emily's, given to her by their grandmother along with a watch for Riley before she passed away. James asks Riley how all the drama is with the E-Girls and Riley comments that they aren't that bad to which all the other dancers laugh with even Eldon concurring. Nonetheless, Eldon confesses that she wishes Emily were there, but since she's not he'll just have fun and not waste a day at the beach. As West plays with the sand, he asks Daniel and James to guess how many grains of sand are in his hand and reveals that there are 5000 grains of sand on average. He also reveals that the melting point of sand is 1427 degrees Celsius. Riley, watching the exchange, confesses that she'd be surprised if West didn't know about sand. Dispelling the sand talk, Michelle suggests that they play Frisbee.

At Dance Camp, Chloe is amazed by Emily's ease with the kids. As the children run around, Chloe cowers, with Emily confessing that her behaviour is hilarious. After playing, everybody sits and Emily suggests that somebody sings a song. She picks Margie (who she comments is her favourite), whom she instructs to stand and sing a song about fairies. Margie improvises a song there and then, and the E-Girls commend her.

Back at the beach, Michelle suggests they play Dance Frisbee, in which you do a dance move when you throw or catch the Frisbee. It proves to be a fun activity although James isn't very good at it, as he has been hit in the face with the Frisbee twice. As Riley catches the Frisbee, Riley suddenly realizes her necklace has gone missing. Everybody desperately searches for it. James assures Riley that they will find it.

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Chloe fearfully supervises the dancers.

At the studio, nap time is approaching. As the young attendees prepare to sleep on the mats, Emily notices that one of the dancers needs a washroom break. She asks Chloe to take her to the washroom, which mortifies her. At the beach, the group is still trying to locate the necklace, even going as far as searching in the gross bushes.

While handing out snacks, Emily realizes that Margie has gone missing. Frantic, the E-Girls split up to find her, with Emily delegating Chloe to watch the children, much to her displeasure. Simultaneously, the dancers at the beach have seemed to hit a snag when James gets an idea: use a metal detector to find the necklace. Unfortunately, the man who owns the metal detector had just found gold and tells them that they cannot use it unless they somehow conjure up $100.

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Michelle comments that they are going to do what they do best.

Thanks to James's wallet, the group musters up $15.05, leaving $84.95 to be earned. Michelle comes up with an undisclosed idea, with the cryptic message that they will "do what [they] do best", leaving James confused as to how they can get $84.95 by starting drama.

Chloe is still unhappily alone with the children. Suddenly, Margie pops up from behind a crate and explains that she was hiding for fun. Chloe asks what usually takes place during snack time, and Margie lies that she is supposed to dance for them. Chloe asserts that she may dance for the youngsters if they are quiet, don't move around, and don't touch her with their dirty hands. Just then, Margie raises her hand, as if she were in class at school, and says "Excuse me, Chloe. I have a spill!" Chloe is unable to find a napkin to deal with the mishap, and so awkwardly cleans up Margie with the only thing she has to hand: a sandwich!

At the beach, the group decides to dance to make up the rest of the money that they need. They are relieved to see that people, even the metal detector guy, are dropping money into the hat they are using to collect the money.

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Chloe assures Emily that she is traumatized.

As Chloe is dancing with the children, Emily, Stephanie, and Tiffany finally return, relieved that Margie was found. Emily makes Margie "pinky swear" not to do such a thing again and congratulates Chloe, who claims she is traumatized. At the beach, having earned enough money, the group provides the guy with the metal detector the $100. With the help of the metal detector and, after having discovered various objects buried in the sand or otherwise metal objects (namely a bottle cap, a nickel and a pair of glasses, as well as — for reasons unexplained! — a child's head), the group finally finds the necklace.

The next day, all of A-Troupe is in Studio A. Some of the members who went to the beach comment that they feel closer to Michelle. James comments that the necklace Emily is wearing is nice, setting Riley on edge as it is the same necklace she had lost the previous day and Emily doesn't know Riley lost it. Trying to break the ice, Michelle asks Emily how Dance Camp was, and Emily retorts that it was amazing as something productive was finally being done at the studio. Emily confesses that she is wary of Michelle, as she seems to have an agenda that she will eventually figure out.


  • E-Girl rule #6 is: an E-Girl always lends a hand at the studio.
  • It is revealed that Emily and Riley's grandmother is deceased.
  • Chloe is shown to have pedophobia (the fear of children).

Cultural References Edit

  • The title refers to a song of the same name by Len.


Main Edit

Recurring Edit

  • Francesca van Keeken as Margie

Absent Edit

Featured music Edit

Featured dances Edit

Quotes Edit

Main article: Steal My Sunshine/Quotes

Aftershow Edit

Main article: Steal My Sunshine/Aftershow

Gallery Edit

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To view the Steal My Sunshine gallery, click here.

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