PBS to air ‘Bare Feet’ Season 2

Mickela Mallozzi produces travel dance series Bare FeetThree-time New York Emmy Award-winning host and producer Mickela Mallozzi is back with a second season of her popular travel dance series, showcasing her adoptive city of New York. Bare Feet in NYC with Mickela Mallozzi follows her as she highlights the ethnic neighborhoods of the Big Apple, discovering the dance and music traditions of local New Yorkers.


In the Bare Feet in NYC Season 2 premiere, Mallozzi heads to Manhattan’s Chinatown to dig deeper into one of New York’s oldest and most iconic ethnic neighborhoods. In preparation for the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, Mallozzi learns the sacred lion dance, along with getting a taste of the various martial arts and classical music offerings in the neighborhood.


“I love to travel the world,” said Mallozzi, “but for this new season, I want to show how easy it is to get a taste of the world’s cultures in all five boroughs of New York City.” 


She added, “New York is my home, and our city’s diversity is one of our greatest assets.” 


Mallozzi herself comes from a family of immigrants, and her goal with Bare Feet Season 2 is to share similar American immigrant stories through the presentation and preservation of these culturally diverse dance forms and styles.


“I really want that to shine in Bare Feet in NYC!” she exclaimed.


Highlights of Mallozzi’s dance encounters from the upcoming 13 episodes in the new season include:


– Dancing the Kolo with Opancici, the Serbian folklore dance group in Ridgewood, Queens.


– Learning the basic rhythms of salsa from “The Last Mambo King”, Orlando Marin.


– Joining cross-generational Bolivian family members dance the Tinkus in the Fraternidad Cultural Incallajta NY folklore group in Queens.


– Celebrating Indian traditions at South Street Seaport’s Deepawali Festival.


– Jumping on stage in Broadway’s Chicago (2017 NY Emmy-winning episode).


– Trying some improvisational tap dancing with Harlem tap legend Jason Samuels-Smith.


For more information on Bare Feet in NYC with Mickela Mallozzi, visit www.travelbarefeet.com. Stay tuned and check your local PBS listings to catch Mallozzi dancing her way throughout the five boroughs of NYC.



Photo courtesy of Mickela Mallozzi.