Dance with Your Favourite A Troupe Dancer
The hit show The Next Step is just about the biggest thing on television today for tweens. The show follows the lives of a group of elite dancers at the Next Step Studio competing for the national dance title. I know both girls and boys that watch the show religiously to follow their favourite A Troupe dancers week after week. With The Next Step’s enormous popularity, it was only fitting that the next step (pun intended) was to roll out a digital app, The Next Step Dance Academy, that will get kids (and adults) off the couch.
With 5 members from the prestigious A Troupe as your instructors, the app showcases 10 exclusive dance routines in styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Pop and Lock, Freestyle, Broadway, Break Dancing, and Street Style. Lessons are choreographed to music from The Next Step and broken down into easy-to-learn tutorials, followed by a full routine review and dance a-long.
Tweens will love dancing with Thalia (Jazz, Lyrical), Riley (Hip Hop, Contemporary), Eldon (Pop and Lock, Freestyle), Giselle (Broadway, Ballet) and James (Break Dancing, and Street Style). As a parent, anything that gets the kids off those dang devices and moving is considered a big win!
The Next Step Dance Academy iPad Review
By: Jessica, Age 12
As a HUGE fan of The Next Step, I was so excited to hear that they had created an app called The Next Step Dance Academy that would allow you to dance with members of A Troupe.
I loved how the app not only highlights one dancer in each section, but that in all of the different dance styles there are three dancers. I also found it extremely helpful that if you didn’t understand a section or just wanted to try it again you could watch the part again as many times as you need to understand the steps.
If you are a fast learner or even if you need to take a few minutes just to go over what you have learnt, this app is made just for you. The dancers take their time and review the steps, but at the same time, they keep going through the steps and adding more. Even as a competitive dancer who dances about 10 hours a week, I was always kept on my feet and was never bored with the new steps.
What also helped me was when the dancers associated words with certain steps. For example, if you do jazz with Thalia, she calls one of the moves in the first section of the routine “the snake.” I found that this helped me understand the move better and allowed me to add my own style.
Although I dance quite a bit, there were times when I got the moves mixed up. Looking at the screen I was a bit confused with my rights and lefts, but once I got myself straight I had lots of fun learning the steps and dancing with the members of A Troupe.
Another really cool part of the app is the music. Dances are choreographed to music from the show. I found it awesome that I had the opportunity to dance to songs I hear on the show, which made me feel even more like an official member of A Troupe!
I think this app is great for both people who dance several hours a week as well as people who have never had a dance class before. This app has something for everyone.
The Next Step Dance Academy iPad app can be downloaded from the iTunes store. The first lesson is free and additional lessons (15-25 minutes of content) can be purchased for $2.99 each.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.