Kelly Bishop plays a former ballerina and current ballet teacher in this show. Bishop won a 1976 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for originating the role of Sheila in "A Chorus Line." Sheila is one of three characters in "A Chorus Line" who sing the song "At the Ballet," about how their childhood love of ballet inspired their careers as Broadway chorus dancers.
Many of the first season episodes mention Fanny's students auditioning for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive. This is a real program for ballet training, with branches in New York City, Florence (Italy), and Milledgeville (Georgia) (as well as Joffrey Jazz and Modern/Contemporary dance intensives in LA, NY, Miami, and Milledgeville).
Hunter Foster, who plays Scotty Simms (Michelle's brother), is the real-life brother of Sutton Foster, who plays Michelle. Like Sutton Foster, Hunter Foster has appeared in many Broadway musicals, including Les Misérables, Grease, The Producers, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Million Dollar Quartet, and Hands on a Hardbody.
Kelly Bishop (Fanny) is only 12 years years older than Alan Ruck, who plays her son, Hubbell.
On July 22, 2013, ABC Family released a statement announcing that "Bunheads" had been canceled. The statement said, "'Bunheads' is a wonderful series that we are very proud to have aired. 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."
When Boo is angry at Sasha, she tells Sasha to go away by paraphrasing the movie Dirty Dancing ("my dance space; your dance space"). Kelly Bishop, one of the stars of this show, played Marjorie Houseman in Dirty Dancing.
The music used for the "Paper or Plastic" dance is from Igor Stravinski's ballet "The Rite of Spring".
When Millie insists that the amphitheater needs more lights, she says to Fanny and Michelle, "More lights will make it beautiful. It HAS to be beautiful. Everything is beautiful at the ballet." "Everything is beautiful at the ballet" is a line from the song "At the Ballet" from the musical A Chorus Line. When Kelly Bishop (who plays Fanny) was in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line, "At the Ballet" was one of the songs she sang.
The woman who plays Michelle and Scotty's mother is only 14 years and 8 years older respectively.