I was among those crushed to hear of Bunheads‘ cancellation and thrilled to see their farewell video (below) released this week. I don’t know whether to thank or blame Black Swan (it depends on the show!), or maybe it’s So You Think You Can Dance?. Whatever it is, dance—specifically ballet—has been hot lately, especially on the small screen. Breaking Pointe got a second season with its blend of dance and reality TV tears. Oxygen has All the Right Moves, and even Nickelodeon has Dance Academy.
As a lifetime ballet geek (I started when I was 3), I thought I’d honor the fallen show by sharing some of the best ballet in TV and movies. But as always, you can never catch them all—share your favorites in the comments.
Bunheads‘ farewell dance
Jody’s final dance from Center Stage
AKA, the movie where we first met the future Uhura, Zoe Saldana.
The ballet vs. hip-hop showdown from Street Dance
First Position trailer
If you haven’t watched this documentary, I highly recommend it.
Sasha’s “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” routine on Bunheads
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” from Glee
Definitely not the best ballet work on screen, but I’m always up for a little extra Glee.
Slater’s pirouettes in Saved By The Bell
Also not the best dancing you’ll ever see. And yet, couldn’t leave out Slater.
Julia Stiles mixes it up at the audition in Save the Last Dance
Aunt Viv’s dance audition on Fresh Prince
Not ballet, precisely, but I’m letting her in for the pink unitard and sweet moves.
Bonus Glee: “At the Ballet”