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Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight (2014)

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Nine-year-old Isabelle is an inspired dancer with a flair for fashion design. She's thrilled to be studying ballet at a prestigious performing arts school, but her classmates are so ... See full summary »


Vince Marcello
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Pitt ... Isabelle Palmer
Melora Hardin ... Nancy Palmer
Grace Davidson Grace Davidson ... Jade Palmer
Genneya Walton ... Renata
Devyn Nekoda ... Luisa
Jake Simons ... Leo Palmer
Rex Harrington ... Drosselmeyer
Tanya Howard Tanya Howard ... Jackie Sanchez
Daniel Fathers ... Mr. Kosoloff
Sarah Murphy-Dyson Sarah Murphy-Dyson ... Ms. Hawken
Francisco Trujillo Francisco Trujillo ... Uncle Davi
Saara Chaudry ... Chloe
Alyssa Trask ... Emma
Danielle Ching Danielle Ching ... Dancer One
Kolton Stewart ... Lead Singer


Nine-year-old Isabelle is an inspired dancer with a flair for fashion design. She's thrilled to be studying ballet at a prestigious performing arts school, but her classmates are so talented - and she can't help feeling that she's always in the shadow of her "perfect" older sister, Jade. So when her idol, a famous ballerina, encourages her to audition for a professional ballet, Isabelle isn't sure she can land the role. And when a competitive classmate starts pointing out Isabelle's every mistake, her confidence sinks even further. Can she find the courage to step into the spotlight and discover her own way to shine? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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The movie is based on the series by Laurence Yep. See more »


The movie takes place in D.C during the fall/winter seasons. There is no way Isabelle and her family would have gone to an outside barbecue. The trees in the background would also not have been in bloom nor would they be green as seen during the opening pan over D.C. See more »


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Ballet, Dance, and Heart from American Girl
30 July 2014 | by mkramer-693-816493See all my reviews

This latest movie from American Girl is the gift you give to your daughter, granddaughter, or niece who loves ballet and dance, because Isabelle not only dances into the spotlight but also on the screen for most of the film! While the previous two American Girl movies of recent years focused on a specific talent (gymnastics with McKenna and painting with Saige), this one really, really focuses on ballet, so ballet students will feel right at home with all the dancing, ballet terms, rehearsals, and of course, the production of The Nutcracker (which any and all dancers could probably do in their sleep). For non-ballerina girls, it's still good fun, but ballet girls will especially enjoy and identify with it.

The production is very handsome and colorful, this being director Vince Marcello's third consecutive outing with American Girl. It looks and feels very much like McKenna and Saige, which means there are plenty of giggle scenes and lots and lots of sweetness, quite a bit more than in the earlier AG films that were based on the historical dolls.

Yes, some could comment on the sugary approach or the giggle dialogue, but here's the deal. American Girl is one of the only companies in the known world producing clean, wholesome, innocent entertainment for children. I am very glad they continue to dance in the spotlight with fun and suitable family viewing. It's sweet and heartfelt, and our children need as much of that as they can get. Thanks, AG!

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