Season two of The Next Step starts principal photography


Family Channel and Temple Street Productions said Wednesday that principal photography has begun on the second season of series, The Next Step, a serialized reality-style tween drama created by Frank van Keeken (Wingin’ It, Kids in the Hall).

The 30 half-hour episodes will air on the channel.

In addition, exclusive extra content will appear on including The Next Step Aftershow web series featuring character interviews and behind-the-scenes footage and commentary.

“Last season’s premiere of The Next Step drew in more than one million viewers making it Family’s largest premiere audience for any series, acquired or domestic,” Michael Goldsmith, director of original programming at Family Channel said in a statement. “We have high hopes for the continued success of the series going into its second season.”

The Next Step follows the lives of an elite group of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they attempt to work together and win at the highest levels of competition.

The remaining episodes from season one will debut on Family Channel this fall, the drama culminating with the regional championship competition.

Commissioned by Family Channel, The Next Step is produced by Temple Street with financial assistance from The Shaw Rocket Fund.

Frank van Keeken, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier executive produce, while BBC Worldwide handles international rights.