100 Monologues – Monologue #15: Dancing

100 Monologues is a project where I’m writing monologue scripts, performing, and filming the pieces. Since I’m beginning to dabble in acting, the project is meant as a means for me to acquire more acting experience where I can work on refining my craft. You can find out more about the project here.

Below is the script from “Dancing” monologue. The script isn’t exact to my performance above, but my performance is based on it. If you’re a student who would like to perform this monologue for class, just make sure you credit me, Maggie Coyle, as the author. For any other use of the script, please contact me.

100 Monologues: #15 Dancing

I’m not much of a dancer. What I really mean is that I don’t like dancing. I don’t know what it is about it that just makes me feel incredibly out of place. It just feels strange to me. I watch other people dance in public and I get embarrassed for them. Probably because dancing looks pretty silly – arms flailing and body jiggling. It looks unnatural. The majority of our day is spent sitting upright or walking from one place to another. Dancing is just going against what we normally do. It seems strange…I think there was a time when I was drawn to dancing. It looked like a lot of fun. But I was too self-conscious, too shy to ever bother with getting much practice on the dance floor. So maybe the way I see dance now is just a side-effect of timidly standing against the wall…watching…waiting…

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