"Bonanza" episode
Season 6, Episode 18
Ep.# in Series: 186
Air date January 24, 1965
Guest starring:
Written by Frank Chase
Directed by Don McDougall
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Woman of Fire
Next Episode:
The Flannel-Mouth Gun
External links
The Ballerina on IMDb
The Ballerina on


Kellie, a dancer, and her father Ned are taken in as guests of the Cartwright household. Hoss has decided the young woman with dreams of being a ballerina needs rescuing from dancing in saloons to the music her father fiddles.


A crippled former ballet dancer falls in love while teaching classical dance to the daughter of a traveling violinist, wants to help her audition for the San Francisco ballet but meets resistance from her father who wants her to keep performing with him.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The CartwrightsEdit



Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Die Tänzerin", meaning "The Dancer".
  • Frank Chase wrote this episode for his sister Barrie Chase, who was a ballet dancer.
  • Bonanza fans on the internet often cite this episode as their least-favorite of the entire series.




See alsoEdit

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