Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Vince Marcello
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
100 min






Eyes up, looking out.

That's right, lift up.

Chins up.

Five, six, seven, eight.

Balanc, and two.

Pique up, and soutenu.

Good. Tombe.

Pas de bourre.

Releve, chins up.

And double pirouette.

Nice triple, Renata.

Great technique, as usual.

Next time, smile.

Isabelle, keep up.

Sorry, Ms. Hawken.

Sometimes it's like Isabelle is dancing

to a completely different song.

She's nothing like her sister.

Let's focus

on our own dancing.

And finish.



Okay, kids, keep up the

practicing at home, please.

The Halloween Benefit

is in just two weeks.

And some of us still

have a lot of work to do.



Don't listen to her. Come on.

That shirt beyond rocks.


I can't believe

you made it yourself.

I didn't exactly make it.

I found it in a vintage shop and added

some stuff to make it look more like me.

So, a thrift shop, huh?

I could have guessed that.

I don't really care for thrift shops myself.

They're so stinky.


My parents and I go shopping

together all the time.

But definitely

not at thrift shops.

Congratulations. You don't

shop at thrift stores.

We get it. You're awesome.


Whatever. You need

to tell her what's what.

Then she'll stop

bothering you.

It's not just Renata.

It's this school.

No one can even

get my name right.

Yesterday my math teacher

called me "Jade's sister."

Your sister Jade

is kind of a legend.

Hey, Luisa.

Hi, guys.

Looks like you're used to it.

Don't you ever miss

our old school?

Not really. I mean,

I've always wanted to come to a performing

arts school to study modern dance.

So I'm just happy to be here.

I should be happy, too.

I only tried out three times

to get in here.


But it's hard when I keep

messing up in ballet class.

It's never happened

to me before.

Ever since I got into this school,

no matter how hard I work,

it feels like I'm getting

worse instead of better.

I can't even land

a double pirouette anymore.

You saw me in class today.

I'm gonna be a complete disaster

at the Halloween Benefit!

I can just hear Ms. Hawken.

"Poor Isabelle.

"Her big sister Jade

"is the best dancer in the

whole school... (CHUCKLES)

"...and she's just

a total loser."



Speaking of my

perfect sister...

Jade! I heard about

The Nutcracker auditions.

You're totally gonna get Clara.

You dance every lead.

That's nice of you to say, but there are

a lot of really great dancers here.

Like my little sis!

See you in ballet class,



I told you she's never nice

to me unless you're around.

What audition is she

talking about, though?

I just found out!

The Capital Ballet Theatre

is doing The Nutcracker.

And they're casting the kid

dancers from Anna Hart students!

No way! That's amazing!

That's not even

the best part.

Guess who's playing the

Sugarplum Fairy? Who?

Wait for it.

Come on!

Jackie Sanchez! Our all-time

favorite ballerina!

No way!

I know.




(SINGING) You in the corner,

why you acting shy?

You've got a light

that you try to hide

Don't be afraid.

Gotta let it shine

Don't be afraid.

Gotta let it shine

Step to the rhythm,

can you feel the beat?

Listen to your heart,

let it tell your feet

Stomp out your fear,

time to break free

Stomp out your fear,

time to break free

Just let go

You got the gift

Time for the world to know

Let it show

Get it

Got it

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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