Dancer Mickela Mallozzi hosts Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series that highlights Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.
Dancing In My Italy (Minturno, Italy)
Mickela returns to where it all started, the small, sleepy, Southern Italian beach town of Minturno, where her parents immigrated from over 40 years ago. She reconnects with her roots during the town's biggest celebration, the annual Sagra delle Regne (Wheat Harvest Festival). From rehearsing with the local troupe, I Giullari, to sightseeing along the coast, to then performing with the renowned group in the festival's closing ceremonies, Mickela has an incredible journey of self-discovery.
It Takes Two to Tango (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Mickela gets up close and personal with the locals as she heads to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to learn the seductive dance of tango. From attending the world's largest tango festival to dancing on the city's main stage, Mickela sees it all.
Jeju Fire Festival (Seoul & Jeju, South Korea)
The Jeju Fire Festival in South Korea celebrates new life - with it comes all aspects of Korean tradition, beauty, and modern advancement. Mickela spans the South Korean culture from traditional mask dances to the ever-popular KPOP.
Croatia's Dalmatian Coast (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
Former war-torn Croatia is one of today's top destinations. Mickela explores the dance and music traditions along the Adriatic coast in Dubrovnik's 1,000-year-old city.
The Lumbee Dance of the Spring Moon (Robeson County, North Carolina - USA)
Mickela joins a Native-American Pow Wow with the Lumbee Tribe, digging deeper into the obstacles that a non-Federally recognized tribe must face.
Hogmanay In Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Mickela heads to Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay, the world's largest New Year's Eve celebration. While there, she explores Scotland's traditional dances of ceilidh, Highland dance, and step dance.
Montreal Then & Now (Montreal, Canada)
Montreal's European history translates to its traditional dances from France, England, Scotland, and Ireland - Mickela gets a taste of this Old World feel at La Grande Rencontre Festival, while also experiencing the artistic modernity of this city. She also gets a first-hand lesson on dance for people with disabilities.
Waltzing In Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
The world-renowned ball season in Vienna, Austria emulates the ostentatious lifestyle of the 18th & 19th century imperial family, the House of Habsburg, with its traditional Viennese waltzes. Mickela dons a gown in celebration while also learning the knee-slapping traditions of Schuhplattler in the hills of Steiermark!
Malaysia, Part 1 (Western Malaysia)
Mickela discovers the diversity and multi-faceted cultural history in the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, from its Chinese, Indian, and Malay dance influences.
Malaysia, Part 2 (Eastern Malaysia)
Mickela digs deeper into the Portuguese colonial influence and the indigenous tribal communities in the Eastern part of Malaysia as she celebrates Gawai, the Harvest Festival.e
Music City (Nashville, Tennessee - USA)
Nashville, Tennessee isn't coined "Music City" for nothing - Mickela discovers the traditions of American music & dance in this vibrant southern city, from line dancing to modern ballet to old-time buck dancing.
Dancer of the Year (The Cook Islands)
The annual Dancer of the Year Competition on The Cook Islands helps preserve and pass down the Polynesian culture on this island paradise. Mickela goes behind-the-scenes at this highly competitive, local tradition.
Where Asia Meets Europe (Turkey)
Turkey is a country that crosses two continents, full of rich dance and music, from the bustling city of Istanbul to the fairy caves in Cappadocia. Mickela's magical journey through Turkey connects her with the locals through the universal language of dance.
Mickela kicks off her DNA journey in Puglia, the region in the heel of the Italian boot, to learn one of the most ancient dances from Italy, la pizzica.
The Republic of Georgia
Mickela's DNA map brings her to The Caucasus, the land of wine, unrivaled hospitality, and Polyphonic singing. She dances with world renowned Sukhishvili, The Georgian National Ballet.
In celebration of the St. John Festival, Mickela jumps right in with the locals for dancing, music, and the building of the Castells, or Human Towers, in Girona, Catalonia (Spain).
The Greek & Turkish influence in Mickela's DNA map lands her in Cyprus, known as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, an island full of ancient mythology and festive dancing.
Mickela's Balkan roots take her to Romania to experience the traditional Calusarii dance as well as jump in with Taraf di Caliu, world-renowned Balkan Tzigane-Gypsy band.
Known as the gateway between Africa and Europe, Mickela heads to Morocco to play the hand drum with a Berber tribe in Fes and dance the traditional Gnawa in Tangier.
County Clare, Ireland
Mickela dances with some of the cast of Riverdance in Dublin, Ireland and heads to the 160-year-old Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna, Country Clare.
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
The Wild Atlantic Way of Southwest Ireland has breathtaking landscapes and plenty of places to dance - Mickela explores the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.
The French Basque Country
The Fetes de Bayonne is one of the largest celebrations in Europe, and Mickela attends this giant party to learn the traditions of the French Basque Country.
The passionate dance and music of flamenco come alive as Mickela explores the city of Seville, learning from some of the greatest dancers of the art form.
Mickela heads to the "cradle of flamenco" in Utrera, Spain to experience the Potaje Gitano Festival with the locals.
Uzbekistan is the furthest east that Mickela's DNA will take her, where she learns to play the doyra in Tashkent and dances in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bukhara.