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I'm not a negative person. For me, it's all love.

— West, "Your Time Is Gonna Come"

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West East North[4] is a self-taught[5] hip-hop dancer and the head choreographer of TNS West.

While a member of Seeds Street Crew, West joins B-Troupe. He eventually is promoted to A-Troupe, but still remains a member of Seeds. Being a part of two troupes leads to tension when the secret is revealed and West ultimately picks to remain with The Next Step Dance Studio.[6] Although this creates a fracture in West's relationship with the members of Seeds, it is eventually mended when helps them at Regionals.[7]

After going to Regionals, Nationals, and Internationals, West decides that he wants to see the world and leaves The Next Step behind.[8] He is invited to compete in the world-class hip-hop competition, Bangers & Mashups International Hip-Hop Extravaganza, which he chooses to attend with James and Eldon.[9]


Before the show

West witnessed a bank robbery years before the show and even saw where the robber hid the money, a memory that he is oddly nonchalant about.[10] West has also claimed to have been stuck in a Swedish furniture store before.[11]

West taught himself how to dance[12] and joined Seeds where he became close friends with Marcel. A year before Season 1 he joined B-Troupe, but did not quit Seeds, meaning that he was a member of both.[6]

Season 1

West auditions for and makes it onto A-Troupe in the hopes of taking his dancing to the ultimate level.[13]

Upon joining A-Troupe, West wishes to befriend James. In an attempt to initiate camaraderie, West dances in front of James whenever he encounters him. Eventually, West's method actually prevails, and he becomes friends with James.[14]

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West stretches with Daniel.

When West enters Studio A one day in the hopes having some time to practice on his own he finds Daniel there, much to his dismay. Eventually he proposes that they choreograph for each other in their own styles. In the end, he creates a stellar duet with Daniel and learns a thing or two about ballet.[15]

While looking for his extra socks, West enters Studio B to find James, Michelle, and Riley. Upon inquiry, West is presented with the routine they have been working on in order to dethrone Emily as dance captain. He joins the group members in their plot and, despite being told to keep it a secret, tells Daniel of the dance. This works for the group rather than against them, as West's inability to keep the secret allows Daniel to join in on the routine.[16] West performs this dance with the other group members and votes for Michelle to be the new dance captain along with almost all of his peers.[17]

West attempts to avoid Marcel, since neither Marcel nor A-Troupe is aware that he is a member of both Seeds and The Next Step. Thus, West is agitated when the teams agree to participate in a dance battle against each other. When his secret is found out, West picks The Next Step over Seeds, straining his relationship with Marcel.

At Absolute Dance Regionals, West overhears that Tony has been stopped at the border, leaving Seeds with only nine dancers. West is willing to step in for Tony, and eventually gets the green light to do so from both Seeds and The Next Step. He dances with the team and allows them to qualify to the next round with 88 points. He also reconciles with Marcel.[7]

Season 2

West begins developing romantic feelings for Emily after seeing how dedicated she is to the team and begins to spend more time with her.

In order for his team to get the chance to go to a Shawn Desman concert at Nationals, he participates in a scavenger hunt with Giselle and Emily. At one point, he pretends to be a celebrity named "The Compass" to complete a task.[18]

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West tells James that he is cutting it short with his decision as to whether or not to perform the B-Twist in the small group routine.

West becomes the focal point of the Nationals small group after winning a slow-motion race. Moments before the dance, when James tells him that he wants to do the B-Twist, West begrudgingly tells James to make a signal if he is going to do it. Although James omits the move from the dance, West still assists the team in winning the small group round.[19]

While the team is rehearsing for the semi-final round of Nationals, West asks Emily out on a date. To assert his feelings for her, West shows Emily a book about a fire fairy, a loyal and fierce creature that reminds him of her. At the latter of the semi-final routine, West notices Emily fumble and is devastated to discover that she has injured her knee.[20] After the team is able to dance in the finals duet to Amanda stepping in for Emily, West is ecstatic when the team wins the competition and hastily kisses Emily in his bliss.[21]

Season 3

Understanding that Emily is going through a lot, West remains as her friend.[22]

West competes against Shannon during the dance battle for the Internationals team. He wins easily, giving him a spot on the team.[23]

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West watches Chloe audition.

West is challenged by Eldon to audition for La Ballet de la Reine's The Nutcracker and receives assistance from Chloe on ballet in order to help him with his audition. Despite Chloe's reassurance, Eldon skepticism of his technique weighs in on him and West becomes incredibly apprehensive about the audition. Thus, he is accompanied by Chloe at the audition as an attempt to ease his nerves. Although West is proud of his improvement in the style, West knows that Chloe's audition blew his out of the water and is astounded at how good at ballet she is. After the audition, West receives a letter from the company that states that, although he did not make it into the production, Chloe did.[5] West encourages Chloe to take the position and is shocked when she is torn between taking the position or going to Internationals. After giving her a final push, West helps Chloe decide to join the ballet company.[24]

West competes in the music mystery round at Internationals and helps the team win the round.[25]

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West lays on the ground, sick with food poisoning.

West visits an authentic restaurant in Miami and eats a bad kabob, resulting in him getting food poisoning. It appears as though he will be unable to compete in the semi-finals due to his illness but, just before the team is to compete on-stage, West recovers.[26]

West is is the focal point of the finals routine, in which he is a puppeteer controlling all of the other dancers, who are marionette dolls.[27]

Season 4

West is at the top of his game after having competed at Internationals, but he has a serious case of wanderlust. When trying to console Eldon about Thalia having moved to Poland, he gets distracted by Eldon's Costa Rican cacao and finally realizes that he is unhappy where he is. West decides to leave A-Troupe behind to fulfill his aspiration to travel the world.[8]

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West speaks of the USB key which he found in the mail.

West receives a package from London, containing a USB drive. He discovers that it is an invitation to compete at the Bangers & Mashups International Hip-Hop Extravaganza. He accepts the invitation and, needing to other competitors to accompany him, signs up with Eldon and James.[9]

West is to compete in the first round of Bangers & Mashups in which he has a three-round dance battle with a dancer from another team. Before he competes, he is urged to smack talk his opponent, although West is only able to spew messages of love at his competitor. Nonetheless, West wins the round 2-1, effectively moving his team forward in the competition.[28] West gets eliminated during the two v. two round, but is content when Eldon wins the round.[29]

The Off Season

West performs a reminiscent duet with Daniel to celebrate their time in Studio A.[30]

Season 5

West becomes the head choreographer for TNS West. He brings Kingston onto the team.[31]


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West advises Eldon.

West is characterized by his oddness, excitability, and humour. He is very loving and motivational, and is almost incapable of any negativity. He prides honesty and is, thus, poor at keeping secrets, proven when he reveals that James deleted a text from Thalia off of Eldon's phone, despite being told not to.[32] West is prone to taking the moral highway, but isn't necessarily apt to speak out against those who are in the wrong as to not cause drama.

West is also known for his incessant metaphors and unorthodox ideas, but West is hardly stupid or clueless; he knows an abundance of facts about various domains and has professed that he is good at physics.[33]

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West happily mans an air boat.

West is determined, hardworking, confident, and competitive. The primary reason he joined The Next Step was to take his dancing to the ultimate level, and he has improved dance-wise exponentially over the course of the show. He is open-minded and is always willing to try new dance styles. There is no challenge that is too big for West to attempt.


West believes in an "alligator god," mirroring the ancient Egyptian's belief in the deity, Sobek.

Physical appearance


West has dark skin, dark brown eyes, and black hair. He is quite short.


During the earlier stages of the show, West is often seen wearing orange and other bright colours, such as cyan. He also sports sleeveless shirts more often than not, or a baseball jersey. As the show progresses, West retains his signature colour of orange, but begins wearing darker shades like grey and black.




Hip-hop is West's dominant style. In fact, he is considered one of the best hip-hop dancers in the world.[9]


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West performs a tumbling series.

West is extremely proficient in acro and has been commended on his skill in the genre on numerous occasions.


Although contemporary is not West's strong style, Shantel has confessed that West is surprisingly good at it.[34]


Ballet isn't initially West's strong style, in fact, Daniel has proclaimed that he has "biscuit feet".[35] West attempts to improve his ballet in "The Nutcracker Prince." Chloe commends his progress in the genre.


Main article: West North/Relationships


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

The Off Season

Season 5


  • West is the only character whose surname has been revealed and the second to have their middle name revealed (the first being Michelle).[36]
  • West loves a lot of sports, especially basketball.[37]
  • West would like to be chocolate pudding rather than jelly or jam.[37]
  • West's dream job is to teach dolphins how to dance.[37]
  • West's favourite acro move is the back tuck.[37]
  • West, allegedly, can't swim.[38]
  • West can drive.[39]


Main article: West North/Quotes


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

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Welcome to Miami" Wikia. Retrieved on October 26, 2015.
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  22. "Coming Home?" Wikia. Retrieved on September 2, 2015.
  23. "Let the Games Begin." Wikia. Retrieved on August 31, 2015.
  24. "Do the Right Thing." Wikia. Retrieved on July 31, 2016.
  25. "Turn, Turn, Turn." Wikia. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  26. "She's Not You." Wikia. Retrieved on December 4, 2015.
  27. "How It Ends." Wikia. Retrieved on December 16, 2015.
  28. "Your Time Is Gonna Come." Wikia. Retrieved on June 11, 2016.
  29. "Tainted Love." Wikia. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  30. "Daniel and West's Duet." Wikia. Retrieved on July 6, 2017.
  31. "Go West, Young Michelle." Wikia. Retrieved on June 10, 2017.
  32. "Nobody's Fault but Mine." Wikia. Retrieved on July 31, 2016.
  33. "Changes." Wikia. Retrieved on August 26, 2015.
  34. "I'm Your Captain." Wikia. Retrieved on March 29, 2016.
  35. "Good Girls Go Bad." Wikia. Retrieved on March 29, 2016.
  36. "The Girl Is Mine." Wikia. Retrieved on December 29, 2015.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 The Next Step: Get to know West. Youtube (Aug 1, 2013). Retrieved on August 26, 2015.
  38. "Lost at Sea." Wikia. Retrieved on October 31, 2015.
  39. "Can You Keep a Secret?" Wikia. Retrieved on January 2, 2016.

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