Ep 61 | Mickela Mallozzi: Dance & DNA Travel

Dec 17, 2021 | Related Podcast Episodes

This episode is from the final season of my original travel podcast, The Globetrotter Lounge, where I interview women who have found creative ways to travel more. I’m sharing it here as it is relevant to Traveling My Roots, and a good way to learn more about the project.


I talk to returning guest Mickela Mallozzi, Emmy award-winning host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet, a PBS travel series highlighting the diversity of dance. Mickela shares what inspired her to devote an entire season of her show to DNA travel, about a few of her favorite episodes from that season, and what it was like to travel to the places her ancestors are from. She also talks about her upcoming new season, and her travel plans for 2022 – including one trip that I plan to join.

What You’ll Learn

  • What sparked Mickela’s love of travel
  • What led to her show Bare Feet
  • Why Mickela decided to do a season on DNA travel
  • Some of her favorite episodes from that season
  • Why she loves the country of Georgia
  • About her love affair with Ireland
  • Why she loved her Flamenco dance experience in Spain
  • About her Bare Feet inspired dance tours
  • How DNA travel can make you feel more connected with the world
  • Plans for Bare Feet Season 5

About Mickela Mallozzi

Mickela 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 Video globally. A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.

From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage 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, O Magazine, AFAR Media, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show.

Mickela and her team are currently in production of Bare Feet Season 5, capturing the ultimate comeback story of NYC – this new season will premiere on PBS stations across the country in spring 2022!

You can find out more about Mickela on the Bare Feet website, and follow her on Instagram or Twitter,

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Travel podcaster also known as Jet Set Lisette, host of the award-winning Globetrotter Lounge Podcast. A Black biracial adoptee, Lisette is currently traveling her roots.

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