The Dancer Try-it is part of the “It's Your World - Change It!” badge set introduced in 2011 for Girl Scout Brownies.
When a Girl Scout Brownie has earned this badge, she will have explored the world of dancing -- and found the dancer inside of me.
Step 1: Warm up and get moving Edit
Before any workout you have to warm up. To add a little fun, act out your favorite animal—jump like a rabbit or frog, sit on the oor and “ y” like a butter y, slither on the ground like a snake or get on your hands and feet to walk like a crab. Add music and talk about how each of these animals move in their environment.
Step 2: Try a new dance Edit
Ask a dancer for help learning a dance routine. You can contact the local high school dance team, dance studios or community centers to see if they have a dancer who can come to your troop meeting and teach basic steps and skills. To take the experience one step farther, go to a dance studio for this step.
Step 3: Take to the floor like a dancer Edit
Pick a few dancing fads from past decades and learn them. Some examples are the macarena, the twist, the electric slide, the mashed potato and more.
Carolyn Chave is a dance teacher at Anita's Studio of Dance and Theatre Arts in Northport, New York. She started dancing at Anita’s when she was 12 years old and immediately knew that dance was all she wanted to do! In high school, Carolyn was captain of the Northport Tigerettes Kickline for which she also choreographed. While attending SUNY Geneseo, she studied dance and participated in the Geneseo Knightline Dance team. Upon her transfer to attend college at home, she began student teaching at Anita’s and studying at Broadway Dance Center. She went on to earn her certification as a Dance Educator and her college degree in Math. Carolyn is married and a busy mom to her two sons and daughter.
Step 4: Make up your own dance Edit
Pick your favorite song and get creative. Use your imagination and what you have learned to create an original dance, working as a group or as individuals. You can even split up the song, with each girl creating a few eight-counts before teaching the others and putting it together as one big dance.
Step 5: Show your moves! Edit
Throw a dance party! If you want, extend the invite to family, friends and fellow Girl Scouts. Perform your new dance routine and teach it to your guests. You can also create your own playlist with the help of an adult and give a copy to each guest.