Passion for Dance Podcast - Ep. 157 - Mickela Mallozzi
Mickela Mallozzi

Ep. 157 – Mickela Mallozzi

Episode 157: Why Our Dancers Should Celebrate Dance in Every Cutlure with Mickela Mallozzi


Do you have much experience with dance outside of your own culture? Since it's International Dance Day, I want to take today's episode to focus on dance as a source of heritage and identity and how it can truly connect us across our different cultures, but I can't do it alone. My guest today is four-time Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of the show Bare Feet, Mickela Mallozzi, who is on a mission to experience the world one dance at a time.

In today’s episode, Mickela and I talk about the need to be vulnerable when you're learning something new and how we have to let go of perfection so that we can genuinely be curious and learn from other cultures and experience dance through their eyes. She shares her views on the various cultural foundations of dance that are not often taught, and she shares some great stories like learning the dance with the people of the Garifuna who survived exile only to maintain, thrive, and grow their cultural heritage, including their native dances. I hope you enjoy the cultural exploration of dance in this episode, and let’s celebrate International Dance Day together!

“And so, when you go to these cultures, all cultures, that sense of pride comes with the fact that not only is this all gorgeous and beautiful, the music is stunning, the dancing is stunning, but that it still survives. The fact that it even still survives, whether that's in immigrant communities or if I'm going to international destinations and learning these dances within the communities right there, it still survives. It's a miracle sometimes, you know?”

– Mickela Mallozzi

Key Highlights –

  • [2m 45s] – Mickela’s Dance Story
  • [5m 51s] – Why Dance is a Powerful Point of Connection
  • [11m 14s] – Mickela’s Vulnerable Experiences
  • [19m 25s] – Dance in Cultural Identities
  • [26m 01s] – Mickela’s Most Profound Cultural Experience in Her Work 
  • [34m 48s] – How to Connect with Mickela

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Mickela Mallozzi

Professional dancer and trained musician Mickela Mallozzi is the 4x Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a dance travel series airing nationally on public television. From re-discovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to dancing tango in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Dance Magazine, Forbes, and more.

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