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DANCING ON THE EDGE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        freedom in Christ, avoiding temptation
SCRIPTURE:    Jer.31:10-14; Matt.26:41; Rom.6:1-3;
.             1Cor.6:9-20
Style:        allegory/speak theater:
.             some kids live on the edge of sin
.             and find it difficult to dance
.             in the freedom of God’s grace
Cast:         4 or more with dancing abilities
.             of some appropriate style.  If more want
.             speaking parts, you can split the dialogue
Set & Props:  long rope (or use the edge of the stage),
.             Christian music that goes along with
.             appropriate dance style (some suggestions):
.             – KJ-52, “Do Yo Thang” (hip hop)
.             – Newsboys, “Free to Dance” (free, ballet)
.             – Rebecca St. James (jazz/hip hop)
.             – Bunters, “Devils Blues” (swing)
.             – Petra, “Dance” (pop/rock)


(DANCERS 1 & 2, or more if you want, enter.
While speaking, they can free-form spin and warm up.
These dancers always remain at the center of the stage,
away from the edge.)

D 1   Welcome to the dance studio.

D 2   THIS!  This is where it is at.

D 1   THIS - represents God’s grace.

D 2   Freedom in God’s grace.

D 2   Freedom from sin’s guilt.

D 1   Freedom from sin’s grip.

D 2   WE – became dancers.  We became God’s children.

D 1   We were born to dance.  Now we are free to dance.

D 2   In our love for God - we dance for God.
.                                                       2
(DANCERS 3 & 4 enter at each side, at the front.  Each
holds up the end of a rope that spans the entire stage.
OR if you actually have a stage platform, they stand at
the front on either side of the stage at the very edge.)

D 3   We dare to stand at the very edge of grace.

D 4   Close to sin, we dare to live on the edge.

(DANCERS 3 & 4, if they are lifting up the rope,
set it down.  This acts as the “edge” of the stage.
DANCERS 3 & 4 take a few teetering steps along edge,
toward center then stop.  When they speak,
they always speak straight out to the congregation.
Make sure other DANCERS can still be seen.)

D 3   This is the edge, but we are STILL in God’s grace!

D 3   We are still God’s children!  We are still dancers!

D 1  (to D3&4)  But do you still dance?

D 2  (to D3&4)  Come further into the studio.

D 3  (stubbornly, still speak to the congregation)
.    I can dance from here!

D 4  (defiantly)  I don’t HAVE to dance.

D 3  I have met somebody out there,
.    and we have started dating.

D 4  I’m hanging out with kids
.    who REALLY - know how - to have fun.

D 3  I don’t mind that he/she really HATES to dance.

D 4  I look the other way when they make fun of dancers.

D 1  It’s very difficult to dance from where you are.

D 2  There are consequences.  You could fall.

D 3  I can manage.  I won’t compromise much.

D 4  It’s not like I do EVERYTHING that they do.
.                                                       3
(MUSIC begins.)

D 1  We don’t want to see you get hurt.

D 2  We want you to dance with us.

D 3  I’ll dance from here... when I can.

D 4  Go ahead.  Dance without me.

(DANCERS 1 & 2, and others if there are, begin to dance.)

(DANCER 3 begins to feel left out, then tries to dance
from where they are, teetering and trying not to fall.
DANCER 3, sobbing, physically tries to leave the edge,
but the struggle is visually evident.  Finally,
DANCER 3 turns abruptly and joins the DANCERS.)

(DANCER 4 has remained still, trying not to watch.
DANCER 4 begins to walk away then collapses to the ground
and hides head in shame.  [try not to be comical]
DANCER 4 finally sighs and stands up with resolution
to join DANCERS as they all finish the routine.)

(DANCERS 3 & 4 speak as they all exit with a feeling
of camaraderie.  Other DANCERS pat them on the shoulder,
or put an arm around them.)

D 3   I don’t know what I was thinking.

D 4   I forgot how much I loved dancing.