Family Channel takes a leap with all-new series The Next Step

TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Family Channel gets in to the groove next 
month with the highly anticipated, Canadian original series The Next Step. 
Premiering Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the serialized reality-style drama 
series follows an elite group of dancers striving to make it in the world of 
competitive dance. Immediately following the premiere episode viewers can 
catch The Next Step Aftershow featuring hosted plotline breakdowns, interviews 
with the cast and dancing tips. 
For the dancers in A-Troupe, The Next Step Dance Studio is like a second home. 
The tightly knit group trains, rehearses and hangs out together nearly every 
day. When talented newcomer Michelle joins the studio, many of the dancers are 
thrilled - now, they have an even greater chance of winning at regionals. But 
some of the girls let jealousy cloud their judgment, putting their pride 
before the best interest of the team. With the regional championships fast 
approaching, the dancers need to set aside their differences, have some fun 
and learn to work together as a team if they want to qualify for the national 
In the series premiere episode, "Get the Party Started," dancers at The Next 
Step Dance Studio audition for a spot on the A-Troupe. New episodes of The 
Next Step will air regularly Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Fans looking for a 
preview of the show can check out The Next Step trailer on Family Channel's 
YouTube page. 
Dancing turns to dialogue as the momentum continues on The Next Step 
Aftershow. Hosted by an energetic and entertaining young group, the series 
provides audiences with behind-the-scenes footage, insightful commentary on 
storylines and a chance to learn some of the cool moves seen on the show. 
Debuting Fridays, new episodes of The Next Step Aftershow will be available 
online at, where fans can access interactive polls and 
unlock videos to find out more about the series. 
Viewers can also pop, lock and hip-hop over to to learn more about 
their favourite dancers and create fun dance mashups. Family OnDemand also 
offers new episodes of The Next Step as they become available weekly starting 
March 8. 
The Next Step stars Alexandra Beaton as Emily; Victoria Baldesarra as 
Michelle; Trevor Tordjman as James; Brittany Raymond as Riley; and Isaac 
Lupien as Eldon. Rounding out the troupe are Samantha Grecchi as Stephanie; 
Tamina Pollack-Paris as Tiffany; Jennifer Pappas as Chloe; Brennan Clost as 
Daniel; Lamar Johnson as West; Bree Wasylenko as Kate; Shamier Anderson as 
Chris and So You Think You Can Dance Canada season four winner Jordan Clark as 
Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Step is produced by Temple Street 
Productions and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken (Wingin' It, Kids in 
the Hall, Billable Hours), Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, 
Wingin' It, Recipe to Riches). BBC Worldwide has acquired international 
distribution rights. The Next Step is also produced with financial assistance 
from The Shaw Rocket Fund. 
Family Channel is a premium, commercial-free network offering the best in 
family television entertainment in approximately 6 million homes across 
Canada. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing a fun experience 
for all, Family airs a unique mix of series, movies and specials, with a large 
portion of programming supplied by Disney. Family Channel also offers Family 
OnDemand, a television-based Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service and 
Family OnLine, an Internet-based, broadband service. Both of these services 
offer hit Disney movies and series, top-rated Canadian series to subscribers 
when they want it, where they want it. Visit us at 
Family Channel is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX: 
ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several 
of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home 
advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in 
community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant 
programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To 
learn more about Astral, visit 
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additional information please contact Joanna Landsberg at  416-956-8547 
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