Whether you're a dancer, traveler or just interested in exploring culture abroad, the Travel Channel's recent 1-hour special called Dance the World is definitely worth watching. The show follows New Jersey dancer Jaycee Gossett, who is on a mission to "learn the authentic dance of each culture she encounters." Here she goes to Brazil to learn how to samba before a group performance at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival! It's a rigorous and experiential learning process even for an accomplished dancer like Gossett, who spends several steamy days shaking her booty, immersing herself in the local culture, and ultimately letting her "butt go free."
Astonishing how so many New Yorkers have never heard of samba (it's not a taco, sir!):
Gossett explains her mission:
It would be amazing if more channels would devote their airtime to shows like this! Traveling and exploring world culture through the lens of dance is an awesome complement to the Travel Channel's approach to food diplomacy (one of my favorite shows of all time is Bizarre Foods, hands down!). There's so much to work with here -- this template could be a critical new theme for future programming!