Rhythm Abroad

(Rochester, NY) – Produced by the team behind the Daytime Emmy-winning Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, Rhythm Abroad, airing Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. November 2-23, 2019 on WXXI-TV. The four-part series transports viewers into the heart and soul of a culture. In each episode, host Brittany Pierce connects with people all over the world through the universal language of dance and music.

In the inaugural season, Pierce immerses herself in the cultures of French Polynesia, Southern Spain, the Swiss Alps, and Southern Canada as she learns to dance to the beat of each region. She embraces Tahitian hip-shaking, sacred Native American dances, and even the sultry Flamenco while also finding time to visit local attractions and feast on culinary specialties.

The series kicks off Saturday, November 2 with sun-kissed beaches, lush green rainforests, and Tahitian drumming. Unlike the slower paced Hawaiian hula, Tahitian dance is known for its fast hip shaking. Brittany gets an inside view into typical Tahitian life as she moves her hips with the locals at a community fundraiser. Away from the drums, Brittany cools off as she takes to the crystal blue waters for an exciting day of swimming with stingrays and sharks.

In episode two, airing Saturday, November 9, Brittany heads to Southern Spain, the Andalucia region. See this city girl transform into a Spanish Gypsy as she has a foot-stomping good time learning Flamenco. Off the dance floor, Brittany explores all that the city of Seville has to offer – tapas bars, plazas and even a Flamenco dress shop fit for runway models.

In episode three, airing Saturday, November 16, Brittany explores traditional Swiss culture tucked away high in the Alps. She begins her journey in Nendaz where she takes part in the annual Alphorn Festival – a festival devoted to local folklore with the largest gathering of alphorns in the world. It may not be music to the ears, but Brittany certainly gives the alphorn a try along with traditional folk dancing. And no stay in Switzerland would be complete without a visit to a cheese farm.

In episode four, airing Saturday, November 23, Brittany hits the trail to Southern Alberta, Canada to celebrate the rich heritage of the Blackfoot First Nations people through their history, dances, chants and songs. It’s a colorful and lively celebration as Brittany dances in full costume set against the natural beauty of Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park at the annual Blackfoot Arts and Cultural Festival.

Pictured: host Brittany Pierce
Credit: APT

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