These are minor characters in the Isabelle Palmer books and movie.


A young girl cast as a mouse in The Nutcracker.


A girl cast as one of Mother Ginger's children--a milkmaid--in The Nutcracker.

Mr. Amici

Isabelle and Luisa's modern dance teacher. He's a short man with dark hair, and he usually wears black clothes.


Renata's older brother. He's a high school football player and often receives more attention from their parents than his sister.


An artistic associate at the Hart Dance Company. She assists Mr. Kolsoff for his production of The Nutcracker in Designs by Isabelle.


A music student at George Washington University. In Designs by Isabelle, he is the pianist for The Nutcracker.


Luisa's older brother and Davi's son. He joined the army and is in basic training at a base somewhere in the South. In Isabelle, Luisa is bothered by Danny's lack of contact.


Danny and Luisa's father and Leo's best friend. Jade and Isabelle affectionately call him Uncle Davi. Davi and Leo have their own jazz band together.

He is played by Francisco Trujillo in the movie.

Ms. Emile

Ms. Hawken's accompanist.


A boy cast as one of Mother Ginger's children--a police officer--in The Nutcracker.

Ms. Ferri

The dance mistress at the Hart Dance Company. She had been the HDC's principle dancer prior to her retirement, and is cast as Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker.


Isabelle and Luisa's African American best friend. Gabriel is an acting student at Anna Hart. Gabriel learned magic from his grandma's friend. Zama takes Gabriel down to the magic shop to keep him out of trouble.

Gabriel isn't seen or mentioned in the movie.


A friend of Jade's.


A vocal student at Anna Hart. She joins Jackie's traveling tour in in To the Stars, Isabelle

Ms. Hawken

Isabelle's dance teacher at Anna Hart. She wears a crimson scarf around her waist as a good luck charm.

She is played by Sarah Murphy-Dyson in the movie.


A theater student at Anna Hart. He performs a Shakespearean scene with Saafi during Jackie Sanchez's traveling tour in To the Stars, Isabelle

Ms. Kantor

The principal of Anna Hart.

Robert Kolsoff

An alumna of Anna Hart. He's the director for the Hart Dance Company's production of The Nutcracker.

He is portrayed by Daniel Fathers in the movie.


Isabelle and Gabriel's Brazilian American best friend at Anna Hart. Luisa is having a tough time because her older brother Danny is the army and she misses him. Luisa encourages Isabelle to believe in herself. Luisa prefers modern dance over ballet. In the movie Luisa studies ballet and modern dance.

She is played by Devyn Nikoda in the movie.


A student at Anna Hart. She's in Isabelle's ballet class and, since she hadn't taken dance classes before, she receives extra attention from Ms. Hawken.


A seamstress for the Hart Dance Company. She consults costume designs for The Nutcracker with Isabelle in Designs by Isabelle.


A classmate of Isabelle's. She performs a ballet routine with Renata during Jackie Sanchez's traveling tour in To the Stars, Isabelle.

Jade Palmer

Isabelle's older sister who also studies at the Anna Hart School of The Arts.

Jade is a very advanced student at Anna Hart and mostly excels in their Dance Program. Jade uses her dance talents to help Isabelle, who is a new student at Anna Hart. She is very self-conscious about her recent growth spurt, as she's worried that her height will get her cut from the part of Clara in The Nutcracker; Isabelle solves the problem by designing her a dress that helps the audience focus on her legs instead of her head.

She is played by Grace Davidson in the movie.

Leonardo "Leo" Palmer

Jade and Isabelle's father. He works as a hospital administrator during the day and is a jazz musician during the weekends. Leo plays the drums in his best friend Davi's band.

He is played by Jake Simons in the movie.

Nancy Palmer

Jade and Isabelle's mother. She works as a textile artist.

She is played by Melora Hardin in the movie.

Ms  Perl

The secretary at a nursing home in D.C.

Mr. Raley

The English teacher at Anna Hart. In Isabelle, he acts as the stage manager for the school's Autumn Festival.


A rude spoiled rich girl with brown hair who attends Anna Hart. Renata bullies Isabelle. Renata is jealous of Isabelle because her family spends time with her while Renata's own parents often cancel on her. Deep down Renata is lonely because her parents don't spend any time with her. All Renata really wants is for somebody to spend time with her. In the movie Renata is African American.

She is played by Genneya Walton in the movie.


A resident at the nursing home Jackie Sanchez's troupe performs at in To the Stars, Isabelle. She loves ballet and used to have season tickets to the Hart Dance Company.


A sixth grade violinist at Anna Hart. He joins Jackie's traveling tour in To the Stars, Isabelle.


A theater student at Anna Hart. She performs a Shakespearean scene with Jacob during Jackie Sanchez's traveling tour in To the Stars, Isabelle

Jacqueline "Jackie" Sanchez

A Mexican American dancer and alumna of Anna Hart. Jackie is Jade and Isabelle's favorite dancer.

She is played by Tanya Howard in the movie.

Paul Sommers

A boy cast as the Nutcracker prince in The Nutcracker.


The Palmer family's white cat. Tutu is a young kitten who was adopted from the animal shelter as a Birthday present for Nancy. Tutu prefers to sleep with Jade and Isabelle because of Leo's snoring. Tutu loves to sneak into Nancy's sewing room. Tutu enjoys watching Isabelle dance.

Tutu isn't seen or mentioned in the movie.

Didi Tyler

The mother of Trisha Tyler.

Trisha Tyler

A patient at the hospital Mr. Palmer works at. She was going into surgery to help her walk in To the Stars, Isabelle and watches Jackie Sanchez's troupe perform at the hospital.


Gabriel's older sister. She plays the bass in Leo and Davi's band.

Zama isn't seen or mentioned in the movie.

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