An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight
An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight (2014) is the eighth film in the American Girl series, starring Erin Pitt as Isabelle Palmer, along with Melora Hardin, Grace Davidson as Jade Palmer, Devyn Nekoda as Luisa, Genneya Walton as Renata, Alyssa Trask as Emma, Avery Trask as Hip Hop Dancer, Daniel Fathers, Kolton Stewart, Mathew Edmondson, and Saara Chaudry. The screenplay was written by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin. The movie was directed by Vince Marcello.
|An American Girl: |
Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight
Cover art for the film
|Directed by||Vince Marcello|
|Screenplay by||Jessica O'Toole|
by Laurence Yep
|Music by||Patrick Kirst|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures Home Entertainment|
The film revolves around Isabelle Palmer, a 9-year-old dancer and aspiring fashion designer from Washington, D.C., as she studies at a prestigious performing-arts school with her older sister Jade and her best friend Luisa. It was shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Erin Pitt as Isabelle Palmer, the 9-year-old protagonist of the film who loves dancing even though she struggles. Apart from dancing, she loves sewing.
- Grace Davidson as Jade Palmer, Isabelle's older sister who is 12 years old. She takes dancing very seriously, and is one of the best dancers at Anna Hart.
- Genneya Walton as Renata, a rich and spoiled girl who bullies Isabelle. She feels like her parents don't pay attention to her that much.
- Devyn Nekoda as Luisa, Isabelle's best friend who's very into modern dance. She hates it whenever Renata or anyone else is rude to Isabelle.
- Melora Hardin as Nancy Palmer, Isabelle's mom who is a textile artist. She was also hired to design the costumes for the Nutcracker production.
- Tanya Howard, as Jacqueline "Jackie" Sanchez, a famous ballerina whom Isabelle and Jade look up to. She played the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker.
- Daniel Fathers as Mr. Kosloff, the director of the Nutcracker who is very strict when it comes to ballet. He also studied at Anna Hart when he was younger.
- Jake Simons as Leonardo "Leo" Palmer, Isabelle's dad who is a hospital administrator, and also plays the drums in a band. His band consists of him, Uncle Davi (Luisa's dad), and some others.
- Alyssa Trask as Emma, Renata's friend who also bullies Isabelle when on by Renata's side. She doesn't have much dialogue throughout the film.
- Saara Chaudry as Chloe, a girl in a wheelchair who looks up to Isabelle. After watching Isabelle in the Halloween Benefit, she asked for an autograph.
In 2014, the film received the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Silver Award. The association enjoyed the film because of the cast, sets, and performances. They stated "It is truly outstanding – particularly the ballet performances". The director of the movie, Vince Marcello, was also nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award in 2014. He was nominated for an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs award and he did not win.
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