The Blu-ray cover art for the movie.

Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight is a movie retelling the stories of Isabelle Palmer.



Directed by Vince Marcello


Movie/Book Differences

Character Differences

  • Jade did not have any issues regarding her height in the movie. Instead, she is bothered by the extra attention Isabelle receives from their parents regarding her problems.
  • Gabriel, Zama, and Tutu aren't seen or mentioned in the movie.
  • Luisa doesn't mention her older brother Danny.

Plot Differences

  • In the movie, Luisa was not seen performing in The Nutcracker. In the books, she played one of Mother Ginger's children, the Fox.
  • There was no competition for spots in a summer ballet program in the books.
  • In the books, Jackie Sanchez did not play a role in The Nutcracker. In the movie, she plays the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • The traveling tour Jackie Sanchez organizes in the books doesn't appear in the movie.
  • Isabelle and Jade didn't receive a nutcracker from their parents as a gift in the books.
  • In the first book, Jade danced with Isabelle in the Autumn Festival, but in the movie, she sits in the audience with her parents to watch Isabelle dance.
  • In the movie, Isabelle is a party guest, tin soldier, and snowflake in The Nutcracker while Renata is a party guest, mouse soldier, and snowflake. In the books, Isabelle is the Gingerbread Girl while Renata is the duchess, as well as Isabelle's understudy.
  • In the movie, Isabelle learns about visualization from Jade. In the books, she learned it from Mr. Amici.
  • In the books, Isabelle and Luisa got into Anna Hart through the annual lottery, in which Isabelle won two years after Luisa. In the movie, they get into Anna Hart through auditioning and while Luisa succeeded on her first try, Isabelle had to try out three times.

Television Release

The movie aired on the Disney Channel on August 9, 2014.

Home Video Release

The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 22, 2014. The DVD was sold for $9.95 and a DVD/Blu-ray/UltraViolet set for $14.95. American Girl retired these in 2020.

First-run copies of the movie purchased from Target also came with a 36-page Fashion Fun with Isabelle sketchbook.[1]

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