Fans of the Amy Sherman-Palladino series Bunheads, about a Las Vegas showgirl turned ballet teacher in the small town of Paradise, had to wait months after the first season ended to find out the fate of their beloved show. The 18 episode first season of Bunheads, which was broken up into two mini-seasons first during the Summer 2012 Season and again during the 2013 Winter/Mid-season, ran on ABC Family from June 11, 2012 thru February 25, 2013. Five months later, official word came that the show would not be returning.
Even with the cancellation, ABC Family claimed that Bunheads was a series they were very proud to have aired. The statement went on to say "The series had amazing storytelling, the most talented cast and a passionate and loyal fan base. Recognizing all of this, we took extra time to try and find ways to bring the series back for another season, but in the end it simply wasn’t possible. We wish the cast and crew the best in their future endeavors."
Though the consistently low ratings for Bunheads contributed to the show's ultimate cancellation, the success of ABC Family's summer series Twisted and The Fosters is what ultimately hammered the nail in the coffin. Where Bunheads averaged 1.25 million viewers, both Twisted and The Fosters averaged between 1.6 and 1.7 million. That's not to say that Bunheads didn't garner plenty of attention. The series had the critics behind it, receiving a Television Critics Award nomination for outstanding achievement in youth programming. And lead and Broadway vet Sutton Foster got a Teen Choice Award nomination and a Gracie Allen Award win.
The show also had the large shadow of Gilmore Girls, which continues to live strong in syndication, to deal with (see the above video for proof.) What with the presence of Sherman-Palladino and Gilmore's Kelly Bishop, not to mention the small town feel, Bunheads couldn't escape the comparison. Tough shoes to fill as the series never matched Girls heart or tone, and could best be described as inconsistent. Characters came and went at will, leaving stories unfinished and the series feeling unfocused. And as much as it's a credit to Sherman-Palladino's respect for her fans that she directed the Bunheads Farewell Dance, one could argue that if the series had perhaps spent as much time on character and story as they did on the dance numbers, which were admittedly wonderful, perhaps they wouldn't have needed to make the video at all.
The Bunheads Farewell Dance is a compilation of some of the shows best numbers and contains some of the original cast.
And now, without further ado, check out this link to the BUNHEADS FAREWELL DANCE.
The dance was choreographed by Marguerite Derricks and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Main dancers: Bailey Buntain (Ginny), Julia Goldani Telles (Sasha), Kaitlyn Jenkins (Boo), Jeanine Mason (Cozette). Other dancers: Matisse Love, Ra’Jahnae “Rae Rae” Patterson, Colleen Craig, Maine Kawashima, Eli Gruska, Adam Bernstein, Edgar Khachaturov, Kara Hess, Micah Moch.