Episode 1: Manhattan’s Chinatown
Mickela kicks off her New York series in one of the oldest & most iconic neighborhoods in NYC, Manhattan’s Chinatown, during the festive time of Chinese Lunar New Year!
Episode 2: The Balkans in The Boroughs
Mickela gets a taste of The Balkans throughout three of the five boroughs: Slavic Soul Party! In Brooklyn, NY Gypsy Festival in Manhattan, and Little Serbia in Queens.
Episode 3: ¡Viva La Mexico!
In preparation for Dia de los Muertos with the Mexican community in NYC, Mickela learns traditional folk dance and even jumps in with an all-female mariachi band.
Episode 4: Bright Lights of Broadway
Mickela can’t ignore New York’s rich history on Broadway – with tap lessons galore and a spot on Broadway’s stage, Mickela gets to live out a New York dancer’s dream!
Episode 5: Little Greece
Mickela celebrates the annual St. Nicholas feast with the Greek-American community in Queens, while also finding local heroes who keep the Greek culture alive.
Episode 6: Celebrating India
The Festival of Lights leads up to some major Indian dance in NYC: classical Bharatanatyam, Basement Bhangra with DJ Rekha, & South St. Seaport’s annual celebration.
Episode 7: Little Ukraine
Little Ukraine is a small 3-block gem in Manhattan’s East Village: from celebrating Pierogi Day to jumping splits with Ukrainian dancers, Mickela gets a taste of it all!
Episode 8: Harlem, USA
Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan all its own – alive with culture, music, food, and of course dance, this thriving neighborhood has continued its ascent since the first Harlem Renaissance.
Episode 9: Little Brazil
Brazilians are born to dance, and Mickela learns as many ways as possible how New Yorkers keep that Brazilian energy alive – with capoeira, forró, and Carnival’s samba!
Episode 10: Little Haiti
Mickela gets transported to Haiti in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn with drum lessons, dance classes, and local shops.
Episode 11: Bolivian Pride
The Bolivian community in Queens may be small, but they are mighty – Mickela joins cross-generational Bolivian family members with the Caporales and Tinkus dances.
Episode 12: Nuyorican Barrios
The Bronx is not only known as the Borough of Salsa, but also the Borough of Music – Mickela digs deeper into the long-standing Puerto Rican whose influence stretches across all of New York City.
Episode 13: Jewish Roots
From Israeli folk dance at the 92Y to eating knishes in the Lower East Side, Mickela gets a taste of this culturally, ethnically, and religiously rich group that is iconic to New York City.