Bunheads Exclusive: Sibling Dancers to Diversify Season 1 Ensemble

Bunheads New CharactersTwo more Bunheads soon will join Madame Fanny and her crew… assuming one can call a male dancer a “bunhead.” And what the new additions represent may be just as important as who they are.

The ABC Family dramedy is bringing on Jack and Maggie, sibling dancers of color who are incredibly close, TVLine has learned exclusively. The new characters will recur in the second half of Season 1, slated to return in early 2013.

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Maggie is described as a bright, quirky 15- to 17-year-old who has an “indie Winona Ryder” vibe about her. Jack is around the same age and also is an individualist; both characters do their own thing and spend a lot of time in each other’s company. Though there’s no word yet on whether they will practice their pliés at the Paradise Dance Academy, the show is looking for actors with ballet experience.

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Interesting to note: The fact that Bunheads wants to fill the parts with actors of color may be in response to observations – made most notably by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes via Twitter – that the predominantly white cast needed some diversifying. At the time, the always frank Bunheads creator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino said, “I don’t do message shows. I don’t give a s—t who you learn your life from.”

There’s no word yet from ABC Family regarding the casting.