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    Current A-Troupe members 

Alfred "Alfie"

  • Gratuitous French: Alfie is fluent in French.
  • Gratuitous German: Alfie is discovered to be fluent in Swiss German, after it is revealed that he is from Switzerland.
  • Rebel Prince: Alfie regularly runs away from his duties as prince. During one of his rendezvous, he even worked at a cafe for three months. After running away from home once more, Alfie ends up at The Next Step Dance Studio. When the Swiss Ambassador to his kingdom is alerted of his presence at the studio, she attempts to get him to return to his princely duties. Alfie refuses and is eventually allowed to remain dancing, thus neglecting his duties as prince.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: During his Confession Cam, Alfie is often found concocting ways to woo Riley, usually in an elaborate fashion. When Alfie decides to proclaim his love for Riley, he does so after playing and singing her a song on his guitar. For their first date, Alfie gets Riley caviar all the way from France and hires a professional violinist to play for them.


  • Character Development: Amanda starts off as a genuinely mean and Draconian dance captain, only to later become a mole with her sole intention to be to ensure that her rival team fails. Amanda eventually becomes aware of her vindictive nature and attempts to become a better individual, of which she ultimately does become. Amanda even references that she used to be very mean, but is now a "big old softie."
  • Heel–Face Turn: Next to Emily, Amanda is perhaps the greatest example of this. Amanda begins as one of the show's major antagonists, but slowly becomes a well-meaning protagonist.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Amanda is one of the tallest of her peers. Although, her height has never acted at an issue like it has for, say, Cassie. Amanda has been commended for her height, in fact, as her peers have claimed that it allows to have the best extensions when she dances.
  • The Mole: Amanda originally joins The Next Step in an attempt to infiltrate the studio and prevent them from getting to Nationals, under the guise that she is a changed person who just wants to dance.
  • What Does She See in Him?: This is the subliminal reaction that many of Amanda's peers have when it is discovered that she likes Noah. This is probably due to the fact that she and Noah appear to be polar opposites, and Amanda is much taller and more developed than Noah is.


  • The Cutie: Amy is an incessantly sweet character who seeks nothing more than everybody's happiness. When she gets nervous, she acts in a particularly goofy fashion.


  • Apologises a Lot: Cassie tends to apologize quite a bit, especially after saying something that may be deemed too honest or too pessimistic.
  • Brutal Honesty: Cassie is known for her inability to tell a lie, much to the chagrin of her peers.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Cassie is extremely tall and easily taller than all of her male peers. This acts as a large (buh dum tss) insecurity for Cassie, who fears that she will never stop growing. Additionally, it has proven to make her peers uncomfortable.
  • The Cynic: Cassie is known to say things that are harshly pessimistic, which she often apologizes for. Although, it is revealed that Cassie's cynicism mostly stems from the belief that if she always proclaims the worst that can happen, it won't actually happen.


  • Did Not Get the Girl: Despite Henry's alleged happy and wholesome relationship with his now ex-girlfriend, Jackie, she left him for a new boy that moved in next door.
  • Love Hurts: Henry is basically this trope incarnate. Henry is often found lamenting about his failed relationship with his past girlfriend, Jackie, who was his alleged best friend and love of his life. Henry claims that after she left him for another guy, he hid away and ate gummy bears.
  • Magical Negro: Henry is never at the forefront of the plot nor in any particular dramatic scenario, but is almost always providing his peers with advice.
  • Mellow Fellow: Henry is a very calm character who rarely stresses out. He has even admitted that "being calm is sorta [his] thing."


  • Clueless Chick Magnet: LaTroy is very shocked to find that both Sloane and Amy like him and doesn't realize as much until they both say it outright.
  • Oblivious to Love: LaTroy is completely unaware of his childhood friend (Sloane)'s crush on him until she and Henry tell him as much.


  • Character Development: Michelle undergoes drastic character development throughout her time on the series. Michelle is initially very innocent and timid, complete with golden hair and talent that she does not wish to brag about, but eventually becomes a borderline vindictive and haughty individual whose sole goal is to win.
  • Dude Magnet: Michelle draws the attention of many guys, to the point that two of them actually have a ''dance battle'' for her heart.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Although not to a drastic extent, Michelle undergoes this. Michelle changes from an innocent, mild-tempered girl to one who manipulates her younger more impressionable peers in order for her to come out victorious.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Michelle has blonde hair throughout the series and is initially very innocent and kind, as well as deemed to be pretty and talented. As the series progresses, this trope is very much subverted.
  • Hypocrite: Michelle is quick to antagonize those who do her wrong even when she has done the same. A prominent example of this is when Michelle tells Emily that she is disrespecting her past history with Hunter after seeing Emily and Hunter kiss. Although, a season ago, Michelle pursued and eventually began dating Eldon despite him being with Emily.
  • Naïve Everygirl: When Michelle arrives at The Next Step, she proves to be blissfully naïve, kind-hearted, and very slow to any form of anger. She is the unassuming target of all of Emily's insults and schemes. Michelle truly wants nothing more than to dance and make friends.
  • Shrinking Violet: Michelle is initially quite shy and almost completely unable to defend herself. There are often points in the series when somebody will be victimizing her and she will be left utterly speechless.


  • Adorkable: Noah is the epitome of this trope. He is on the smaller side for most of the series and, while genuinely sweet and kind-hearted, very awkward.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Noah exhibits this when he is crushing on Abi.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Somewhat subverted. Noah has very high spacial awareness, to the point that he can catch objects with a blindfold on. This is established before it is useful, but is only known by Cierra, Eldon, and West. When this ability proves useful for a blindfolded round of the Internationals competition, it is a shock to every other dancer.


  • Naïve Everygirl: To an extent. Piper proves to be very trusting of others and believes that no one will do wrong to her so long as she does not do wrong to them. This is why she is especially hurt when Michelle manipulates her into messing up her audition and when she catches Riley cheating on James.
  • It's Personal: Piper holds a large grudge against Alfie and Riley after she find the two kissing, since James, who was dating Riley at the time, is her older brother. Although, Piper does eventually forgive the two.


  • Little Miss Badass: Richelle is an extremely talented and strong dancer, despite being one of the smallest among her peers. She frequently astounds with her talent and knows that she is good.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Richelle more or less says this when she develops a crush on Noah and it proves to be unrequited.
  • The Stoic: Even in the heat of tension or in the midst of drama, Richelle rarely shows any emotion other than nonchalance.


  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Skylar appears to be sweet and quiet for most of her initial appearance, but once pushed, this is not the case. After the team loses the qualifier Skylar takes it onto herself to formulate a group of dancers in the hopes of dethroning Riley as studio head. Ouch.


  • Token Minority: Sloane is the only Asian dancer currently on A-Troupe and the only Asian dancer ever to be on A-Troupe. Additionally, she is the only Asian person/racial minority in the Zero Percent Club.
  • Gratuitous French: Sloane is revealed to be of partial French descent, as well as fluent in French. At one point, she is used as a waitress on Alfie and Riley's date purely because she can speak French.


    Former A-Troupe members/Otherwise major characters 


  • Break the Cutie: After her father loses his job, Chloe is forced to work two jobs in order to pay for dance. This results in Chloe arriving to class late, having to leave class early, and being a victim of mockery and accusations of a lack of dedication because she is too embarrassed to tell her wealthier peers about her circumstances. Later, Chloe is even accused of stealing the studio's money.
  • Extreme Doormat: Due to her extremely non-confrontational behaviour, Chloe tends to be a pushover.
  • The Cutie: Chloe is genuinely a sweet and innocent character who only wishes to help her peers.


  • Beware the Quiet Ones: When her younger sister, Skylar, backs out on their deal that either both of them of neither of them makes it onto A-Troupe, Cierra undergoes an uncharacteristic bout of anger.
  • Break the Cutie: Despite wanting nothing more than to dance with her sister, Cierra does not make it into A-Troupe a second time. Why? She messes up her audition because she is too busy worrying about said sister.
  • The Cutie: Cierra is a very sweet character who is never a part of the plot's main drama.


  • Jerkass: Daniel proves to be utterly obnoxious after he loses his solo to Eldon in Season 2. Until late Season 3, Daniel does nothing more than attempt to sabotage The Next Step. He even goes as far as joining Elite.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Daniel does not get onto A-Troupe to replace Chloe, in favour of Stephanie, Daniel finally realizes that he has been mean, which is why his former friends have all turned against him. From then on, Daniel comes to his former team's aid by getting Lucien fired as a judge and acting as a guest choreographer for auditions.
  • The Perfectionist: Very much applies to Daniel in regards to his dancing.


  • Cannot Talk to Women: This is only the case with Emily. Eldon has difficultly saying anything meaningful to Emily and, when he does, he is shut down.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Despite his difficulty speaking to women and general idiocy, Eldon has had the same amount of girlfriends as James has been revealed to have.
  • Dumb Blond: Eldon is easily the dumbest character on the show and he's - you guessed it - blond.
  • Genius Ditz: Although Eldon is unintelligent, he is very competent when it comes to dance.


  • Alpha Bitch: What Emily is throughout most of Season 1, especially toward Michelle.
  • Break the Haughty: Emily goes through this during her entire appearance on the show. Emily loses her position as dance captain to her rival, has to turn all of her friends against her, is forced to break up with her boyfriend, is temporarily suspended from the studio for allegedly stealing the studio's money, and suffers from a career-ending knee injury.
  • Character Development: Emily goes from a Draconian dance captain to a character who genuinely feels remorseful for her past actions, believes that she is awful to be around, and will do absolutely anything for her team.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Emily is the main character to undergo this.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Emily appears to be a borderline narcissist during her initial appearance, but later reveals that her attitude is merely a cover up for her insecurity in regards to her dancing.


Played by Jordan Clark

  • Ascended Extra: Despite getting back into A-Troupe after episodes in B-Troupe, Giselle is just... there.
  • Demoted to Extra: Giselle becomes a member of B-Troupe at the on-set of Season 1 and, thus, a minor character.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not only is Giselle a dancer who was hyperactive as a child, but she is outgoing, fun-loving, loud, and universally loved by her peers.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Giselle's mindset while in B-Troupe.


  • Jerkass Façade: When Hunter arrives at The Next Step, he appears to be a total pain in the butt. But, Hunter turns out to be a pretty good guy.


  • Book Dumb: James is extremely bad at math and, although to a lesser extent, geography. In Season 1, he is pulled out of the studio because he is flunking math and barely passing any of his other classes. Outside of school, James is quite street smart.
  • Family Man: James is extremely close to his family, especially his younger sister, Piper. In fact, he is so close to his sister that he flies back to the studio all the way from England because he sees her crying when they video-chat. How sweet.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: James definitely exhibits this toward Riley. In fact, he has even says that a part of the reason he likes Riley is because she has "some sorta kryptonite" that he digs.
  • Ladykiller in Love: James is introduced as a ladies man who has dated many girls before the series' beginning, namely Amanda and Beth. Although, James eventually falls for Riley who appears to be the only girl completely immune to his charms. Eventually, James falls in love with Riley and begins a long relationship with her.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Despite being white and presumably upper middle class, James almost always uses slang in a faux-urban accent. To top it all off, he's a hip-hop dancer... who raps.
  • Street Smart: Despite performing comically badly in school, James knows his way around the city and is able to concoct intelligent plans and schemes.
  • The Charmer: James is known to charm the ladies.
  • The Prankster: James loves practical jokes and has even deemed himself to be a "pranker" who, more or less, cannot be pranked.
  • "You!" Exclamation: James more or less says this when he encounters Alfie whom his girlfriend, Riley, is cheating on him with.




  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being incredibly odd and generally unhelpful, Phoebe maintains her job as head choreographer of The Next Step. It seems as though she is able to keep every job she has, in fact; before being head choreographer she saves dolphins and after being head choreographer, she works in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Phoebe's head appears to be perpetually in the clouds.


  • Brainy Brunette: Riley is initially very intelligent and observant. [[Irony Ironically]], it is when she dies her hair blonde that she becomes strikingly dumber.
  • Dumb Blonde: Although Riley is a natural brunette, she later dyes her hair blonde. Coincidentally, it is in the season that she becomes a blonde when much of her staple decisiveness and intelligence falls to the wayside.
  • Fangirl: Riley is in love with the band, Brighter Brightest. She grows very nervous in the band's presence to the point that the band members believe she is speaking Swahili when she begins babbling.


  • Beta Bitch: Throughout Season 1, Stephanie's sole purpose is being Emily's right-hand woman.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 2, Stephanie becomes this after being demoted to B-Troupe.




    Minor characters 


  • Dumb Blonde: To a lesser extent. Displayed only in a conversation she has with Richelle.
    Richelle: You don't really see paisley much in these magazines anymore.
    Abi: Oh yeah... I think she retired a while ago.
    Richelle: Not the model. The pattern.
    Abi: Oh...
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After her actress, Abigail Bergman, ran away from home and was fired, Abi was completely written off of the show with no explanation for or nod toward her disappearance.



  • Dumb Muscle: Charlie is thought to be very handsome by his female peers, but is clearly unintelligent. He is quick to flaunt his abs and arm muscles, but is not too keen on saying anything profound. To really hit the nail on the head, he only reads fitness magazines and his main hobby is doing push-ups.


  • Adults Are Useless: Although to a lesser extent than Kate, Chris is hardly aware of what is going on in the dancers' lives.
  • Black Best Friend: Chris' function with Kate
  • Demoted to Extra: Chris becomes this when he leaves his position at The Next Step to co-own a rival studio, Superstar Dance.


  • Evil Brit: Despite her carefree nature, Ella turns out to be an antagonist when she steals Riley's solo and wins the female solo round with it.
  • I Have Brothers: Ella is tomboy-ish, which she deems a result of her five older brothers.
  • The Prankster: Ella is an infamous prankster.


  • Evil Old Folks: Lucien is an elderly man who is the main rival to the protagonists.


  • Guardian Angel: Margie is said to be this to Chloe when she disappears into thin air.



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