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DNA Travel on PBS With Dancer Mickela Mallozzi

Mickela at the Asrlar Sadosi Festival in Navoi, Uzbekistan. MADINA KHUSANOVA/ BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI

By Everett Potter

DNA travel is becoming increasingly trendy, but no one has done it quite like Mickela Mallozzi. Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on public television stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime globally.  On her show, Mallozzi, a professional dancer, and trained musician, journeys around the world,  following dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she goes. The new series takes it one step further as she unearths and follows her DNA trail, including her family’s heritage in Southern Italy. It’s DNA travel, one dance at a time. Mallozzi is an energetic whirlwind, but she recently stopped just long enough to talk about her new series, which has just started to air.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Mickela Mallozzi. SHOOT MY TRAVEL/ BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI

Everett Potter: Mickela, in the new series, you set out to discover dance and music from destinations based on your own DNA map. How did you come up with this concept?

Mickela Mallozzi: I come from an immigrant family – both of my parents were born in a small town in Southern Italy, a place called Minturno, and we actually filmed the Bare Feet pilot episode in Minturno.  I set out to rediscover my own roots through dance and music as the catalyst for this entire idea of experiencing the world one dance at a time through Bare Feet … continue reading

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