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Bare Feet

Join travel host Mickela Mallozzi on her adventures as she experiences the world, once dance at a time! From re-discovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to exploring the diverse regions of Central Asia in the deserts of Uzbekistan, Mickela’s travels explore the traditional side of every culture while connecting with the local community through celebration and artistic expression.


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 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. From there, she decides to continue her journey through dance every place she visits.

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. She learns firsthand the Buenos Aires lifestyle and the dance moves that need no festive occasion to perform, just any day of the week that ends with the letter “Y”. From attending the world’s largest tango festival to dancing on the city’s main stage, Mickela sees it all!

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland)
The Irish are known for their hospitality and also for their infectious music and dancing. Mickela finds herself along the Wild Atlantic Way, discovering the island’s roots through its strong trad culture. From there, she heads back north to the capital city of Dublin where she gets a personal take on Irish Step Dance from the world renowned dancers of Riverdance!

Dancing in the Desert of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
A fairly unknown location to most Americans, Mickela discovers what this Turkic gem has been hiding – a mix between Eastern European, Middle Eastern, and Russian influences create a plethora of rhythms, moves, aromas and boundaries that Mickela has to conquer. By starting her journey in the big cities of Tashkent and Samarkand, she ends in the desert of Navoi at the annual Asrlar Sadosi Festival.

Dancing the Crooked Road Trail (Virginia)
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain range of Virginia and North Carolina, Mickela follows the historic Crooked Road to find where American Folk music was born. With some good ol’ Southern hospitality along the way, Mickela learns what true Americana really is: back country clogging, some banjo picking, and a whole lot of fun.

The Riches of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is best known for its salsa, but that’s not the only dance that can be found here – Mickela discovers bomba, the traditional dance and music that originated in San Juan. She also attends the world’s largest salsa festival and gets a little adventurous on the zip lines in the jungle!

Caribbean Carnival (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands)
Mickela heads to the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands to experience the 60th Anniversary Carnival celebrations – from J’Ouvert where the party begins, to performing with the top dance troupe in the Carnival Parade, Mickela fits right in with her yellow-feathered head piece and her new dance moves!

Italy's Hidden Gem
Mickela heads to the hidden gem of Italy, the region of Puglia, to learn the ancient and seductive dance of la pizzica. On her way, she makes a few stops in the country’s most iconic cities, finding the local flavors with the help of the Walks of Italy tour guides.

Dancing in New York
As a New Yorker, Mickela loves to dance anywhere she can close to home! Multiple festivals take place throughout the year in New York, including the Goldenfest in Brooklyn, a weekend celebrating Romani music and dance; The Flurry, a contra-dance festival in Saratoga Springs; and Holi on the Hudson, an Indian tradition transported along New York’s Hudson River.

50th Europeade Festival
Mickela attends the 50th Anniversary of Europe’s largest traditional folk dance and music festival, Europeade, hosted in Gotha, Germany. With over 200 performing groups from every European country, Mickela gets a taste of Europe’s diversity in one, medieval German town.

The Heart of the Caribbean
The islands of Aruba and Curacao have a rich history, influenced by multiple cultures, languages, races, and religions – and these Dutch Islands directly reflect that true melting pot of people. Mickela learns the traditional tambú and tumba, as well as making some new friends as she discovers the beauties of these islands.

Dance of the Spring Moon
The Lumber industry gave the North Carolina town of Lumberton it's name. Now, the largest Pan Indian Pow Wow in the country comes courtesy of the local Lumbee tribe. Join Mickela as she participates in the Dance of the Spring Moon.

Music, Dance, Art and Offering
Join host Mickela Mallozzi as she reboots and takes a break from life in the perfect, clean beaches of Bali, a heavenly sanctuary in the midpoint of Indonesia.

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