|Age Range(s)||Young Adult (20-35)|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Persuasive, Descriptive, Depressed, Lamenting|
|Description||Jody explains why she wants to quit the American Ballet Company|
Center Stage deals with three ballet students, Jodie, Maureen and Eva, as they study at the American Ballet Academy, and the problems they face. In this monologue Jodie explains to her teacher and director why she wants to quit the company.
Written by Administrator
Jody: "Wait. For ten years, all I've wanted was to be one of American Ballet Company's perfect ballerinas. I've wanted to be you Juliette. But I'm not you, and I'm not perfect, I'm just me...(nervous giggle) bad feet and all. And, I'm starting to think I like that even better. (Jonathan leans forward to speak, Jodi cuts him off) No. Please don't. Because if you're not going to offer me a place in the company, then I don't want to hear it...and if you are...I might not have the strength to say no - and then I'd be spending my best dancing years in the back of a corps waving a rose back and forth (deep breath) and I'm better then that. So...thank you, Jonathan for making me the best dancer I could be. I appreciate it more then I can say, really. Because the best dancer i can be is a principal in Cooper Nielson's new company."