Mickela returns to where it all started, the small, sleepy, Southern Italian beach town of Minturno, where her parents immigrated from over 40 years ago. She reconnects with her roots during the town’s biggest celebration, the annual Sagra delle Regne (Wheat Harvest Festival). From rehearsing with the local troupe, I Giullari, to sightseeing along the coast, to then performing with the renowned group in the festival’s closing ceremonies, Mickela has an incredible journey of self-discovery.
Episode 2: It Takes Two to Tango
Mickela gets up close and personal with the locals as she heads to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to learn the seductive dance of tango. From attending the world’s largest tango festival to dancing on the city’s main stage, Mickela sees it all!
Episode 3: Jeju Fire Festival
The Jeju Fire Festival in South Korea celebrates new life – with it comes all aspects of Korean tradition, beauty, and modern advancement. Mickela spans the South Korean culture from traditional mask dances to the ever-popular KPOP.
Episode 4: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast
Former war-torn Croatia is one of today’s top destinations. Mickela explores the dance and music traditions along the Adriatic coast in Dubrovnik’s 1,000-year-old city.
Episode 5: The Lumbee Dance of the Spring Moon
Mickela joins a Native-American Pow Wow with the Lumbee Tribe, digging deeper into the obstacles that a non-Federally recognized tribe must face.
Episode 6: Hogmanay in Scotland
Mickela heads to Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay, the world’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration. While there, she explores Scotland’s traditional dances of ceilidh, Highland dance, & step dance.
Episode 7: Montreal Then & Now
Montreal’s European history translates to its traditional dances from France, England, Scotland, and Ireland – Mickela gets a taste of this Old World feel at La Grande Rencontre Festival, while also experiencing the artistic modernity of this city. She also gets a first-hand lesson on dance for people with disabilities.
Episode 8: Waltzing in Vienna
The world-renowned ball season in Vienna, Austria emulates the ostentatious lifestyle of the 18th & 19th century imperial family, the House of Habsburg, with its traditional Viennese waltzes. Mickela dons a gown in celebration while also learning the knee-slapping traditions of Schuhplattler in the hills of Steiermark!
Episode 9: Malaysia Part 1
Mickela discovers the diversity and multi-faceted cultural history in the metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, from its Chinese, Indian, and Malay dance influences [2-part episode].
Episode 10: Malaysia Part 2
Mickela digs deeper into the Portuguese colonial influence and the indigenous tribal communities in the Eastern part of Malaysia as she celebrates Gawai, the Harvest Festival [2-part episode].
Episode 11: Music City
Nashville, Tennessee isn’t coined “Music City” for nothing – Mickela discovers the traditions of American music & dance in this vibrant southern city, from line dancing to modern ballet to old-time buck dancing.
Episode 12: Dancer of the Year
The annual Dancer of the Year Competition on The Cook Islands helps preserve and pass down the Polynesian culture on this island paradise. Mickela goes behind-the-scenes at this highly competitive, local tradition.
Episode 13: Where Europe Meets Asia
Turkey is a country that crosses two continents, full of rich dance and music, from the bustling city of Istanbul to the fairy caves in Cappadocia. Mickela’s magical journey through Turkey connects her with the locals through the universal language of dance.