Life lessons from the American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight DVD

Review disclaimerIf your daughter loves American Girl, has read the Isabelle books and adores 2014’s Girl Of The Year, then I’m sure she has been badgering you to get the new American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight DVD.

(Yes. Been there…heard that!)


The movie has some upbeat, rhythmic music in the same and yes, will get you moving in your seat!



I knew this would be a good movie, based on all the other American Girl movies we’ve watched together but I didn’t expect we’d be walking away with some amazing life lessons.

Life lessons from the American Girl Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight DVD

Life lessons from the American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight DVD


1. You need to work hard to achieve your goals.

2. You are never in anyone’s shadows. Don’t choose to put yourself in that shadow. Just be the best you can be! Believe in yourself.

3. Dedication, sacrifice and hard work will take you far.

4. Family is there to support you and love you. When they rally around you remember they’re there for you…not to pull you down.

5. Don’t let intimidation hold you back.

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6. No-one expects you to be perfect. (Perfect is over-rated!) You are only expected to be you.

7. Never be afraid to mess up. Our flaws and mistakes give us texture. That’s what makes us stand out.

8. Being able to inspire people in what we do, is just as important as being technically perfect in our art/skill/profession.

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This movie couldn’t have come at a better time, just when our kids are getting ready to go back to school.

Make this a family movie night feature.

Sit down with the popcorn and enjoy the same from start to finish. (And if you get the CD, make it a Dance Night too. With 10 tracks on the same, y’all will definitely burn a hole through that living room dance floor!)

But don’t end it there…

use the opportunity to remind your child that she is unique and one-of-a-kind. Encourage her to just do her best and be assured that she can turn to you for support when times get hard.

I guess I don’t need to tell you this is a must-watch, right?


Do you have a motivational message /quote you would like to share with our young girls?


About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 1 year old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

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  1. 1

    We are definitely going to have to get this movie! I love the messaging! “Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.” Unknown.

  2. 2

    I have two goddaughters who could use so many positive messages. Being a kid these days is TOUGH.

  3. 3

    I remember when the Pleasant Company had only three dolls! I also have the first issue of American Girl Magazine!

  4. 4

    My daughter isn’t quite old enough for American Girls. But this looks like a great movie.

  5. 5

    I can’t wait for my daughter to discover American Girls. She’s never been much of a doll girl – but is now starting to!

  6. 6

    Those are great life lessons. Should be great to see.

  7. 7

    I like these lessons. I’m not sure about a quote to share but maybe “You’re amazing and perfectly created to be the best you, you can be for our family.” I’ve been telling my son things along those lines lately.

  8. 9

    I LOVE American Girl! I still have my Samantha doll in her box. I really hope baby #2 (currently trying to get pregnant) is a girl I would love to share my passion of American Girl with someone! :-)

  9. 10

    I had no idea that American Girl came out with movies like this! I love that there’s a message with the movie!

  10. 11

    Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you set your mind to!

  11. 13

    I actually watched this movie a couple of days ago and thought it was pretty good. I was really intrigued at competitive one of the little girls was and how Isabelle had to regain her confidence. Very wholesome movie for young girls

  12. 14

    These are adorable. I love the whole idea behind American Girl.

  13. 15

    Very cool! Great life lessons. We just introduced our daughter to American Girl. I think there will be a lot more of it in our future.

  14. 16

    This sounds really good.I had not heard of this before.

  15. 17

    This looks like such a cute movie! My kids would love a movie night with this film!

  16. 18

    Those are great life lessons. American Girl is so great for little girls to start to get into.

  17. 19

    I wish American Girls had a lot more diversity! Every little girl deserves to see themselves!

    • 20

      I thought they did. Some of the ethnic dolls aren’t necessarily still in the stores but have been retired. It will be nice to see more though. :)

  18. 21

    These movies are great and so inspirational for young girls.

  19. 22

    Also I think if there were one message that I would want to give to young girls it’s to be yourself. There is only one you!

  20. 23

    The one message I would give young girls is similar to those above me- be yourself, go for your dreams and don’t let anyone bring you down. Between bullying and peer pressure, some many bright girls fall prey.

  21. 24

    Here are a few things that come to mind:
    -You are GOOD enough, no matter what!
    -Always believe in yourself, the sky is the limit!

  22. 25

    Looks lovely! I used to love American Girl books!

  23. 26

    American Girl has a lot of great lessons, as do a lot of children’s toys/books/movies. I do enjoy AG, I just wish their dolls were not so expensive.

  24. 27

    I tell my daughters to focus on their minds and take care of their bodies. Don’t worry about surface stuff.

  25. 28

    I love that it’s fun and offers good lessons too. You can say things over and over (and the lessons stick) but when they’re reinforced in a fun way like the DVD, that’s a big bonus.

  26. 29

    This looks like a fun one. American Girl is really great.

  27. 30

    Wow? I am having a hard time coming up with a motivational quote on the spot. My advice would be to make friends with quality people. They will be there to cheer you on and support you!

  28. 31

    American Girl! I wish my girls were into AG… Hopefully in the next few years!

  29. 32

    My daughter really loves the American Girl movies. They do such a great job of promoting positive messages!

  30. 33

    We haven’t seen any of the American Girl movies yet. I’m sure we’ll be changing that soon, as my 5yo absolutely loves her doll.

  31. 35

    My niece would love this new DVD! She’s such a big fan of American Girl

  32. 36

    I have really got to check out this new movie. We love American girl.

  33. 37

    You definitely need to work hard to achieve your goals. What a great lesson for kids.

  34. 38

    My daughter watched this movie the other day. She really enjoyed it.

  35. 39

    I do not have a motivational quote to share with my kids, but “be yourself” is always a plus! My kids love American Girl!

  36. 40
    Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I would tell young girls to be themselves. Dont feel like they have to fit in with the latest trends. Just be you.

  37. 41

    This looks like a great DVD. I’m sure my granddaughter would love it.

  38. 42

    Looks interesting! Too bad I don’t have a little one to watch this with!

  39. 43

    My daughters would love this movie. I’ll have to check it out.

  40. 44

    For sure you can be anything you want to be. I don’t have daughters, but I have nieces.

  41. 45

    We used to have so much American Girl stuff around my house when my daughter was little. I love the lessons in this DVD, so important for kids, and girls especially.

  42. 46

    This sounds like pre-teen and tween girls really need to watch it. I love the message it shares.

  43. 47

    I love family movies with a positive message and encouraging story line. So good for kids to watch compared to other violence and immorality out there. The American Girl line of products are inspirational and set apart from the normal everyday dolls available. This sounds like we’re going to have a fun movie night.
    As far as a quote, I love the one Oprah has used a few times: When people show you who they are…believe them.