CANADIAN ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERES FRIDAY, MARCH 8 AT 7 P.M. ET/PT
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
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 Family.ca/thenextstep, 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 Family.ca 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
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.ca.
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 astral.com.
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additional information please contact Joanna Landsberg at 416-956-8547
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