Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli Community Outreach and Residency
"Neighbourhood Dance Works and The Arts and Culture Centre are proud to present LUCA “LAZYLEGZ” PATUELLI in a tour across the province. This tour has been organized with many community supporters, including: Eastern Health, the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian National Institution for the Blind (CNIB), the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), Easter Seals, Memorial University, The Wellness Coalition, Recreation NL, Rare Disease Foundation, and L’Arche Avalon, Rotary East Foundation, and Eat Well and Participate.
This is an unprecedented collaboration between the performing arts and health sectors across the province, and will mean that audience members of all ages and abilities, dancers, students, health care workers, and artists alike will experience Luca’s incredible message.
NO EXCUSES, NO LIMITS
Keeping an open-mind allows a person to adapt to any situation and find solutions despite feelings of vulnerability or uncertainty. This adaptation, in turn, spawns the persistent determination to see possibilities rather than challenges, breeding the creative thinking that allows people to overcome anyobstacle. This is the philosophy of the “No Excuses, No Limits” program and the personal mantra of its creator Luca “Lazy Legz” Patuelli.
Throughout his career, Luca has been able to share his message with over a million audience members world-wide. Offering a charismatic, interactive, and dynamic presentation on his own successes and failures, Luca describes how perseverance got him to where he is today. These 60-minute presentations cover a wide-variety of topics on personal empowerment, disability awareness, overcoming adversity, and creative leadership.
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has lived by the “No Excuses, No Limits”motto his whole life. Born with Arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disorder affecting the bones and joints of the body, he has undergone a total of 16 surgeries since he was seven months old to support his legs, hips, spine, and shoulders. Despite facing physical challenges, Luca learned at an early age about the power of adapting positively to any situation. Always wanting to stay active and join his friends in any activity, he was able to devise creative adaptations to be able to participate in soccer, football, and baseball. He even succeeded in learning how to rock climb, surf, and ski. He found ways to be able to join his high school swim and dive teams. As he explored the full gamut of physical activities, skateboarding developed into a particular passion.
Then, at 15 years old, Luca was introduced to breakdancing (Bboying/Bgirling). Immediately, he was attracted to the music, the culture and, of course, to the challenging movements. He slowly began creating a unique style that took advantage of h is upper body strength. By using his crutches as extensions of his arms, Bboy “Lazylegz”was born!
Over the past 13 years, “Lazylegz” has developed his career as a professional dancer by competing and performing in a wide variety of international dance events such as Breakin’ Convention, Freestyle Session, IBE, R16, Circle Prinz, World of Dance, and Hip Hop International. With growing notoriety, he has had opportunities to appear on both Canadian and American media, including appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, Tout le Monde en Parle, Star Académie, TF-1, and Paul O’Grady.
A few years ago, just as his dancing reached a new peak in maturity and his message gained momentum, “Lazylegz” was given the honour of both headlining and being Segment Director for the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. This world-wide coverage led to an invitation the following year from the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, France to join the cast of Montalvo-Hervieu’s production of Orphée as a lead dancer. Overall, Laylegz has toured the world, performing and inspiring in over 22 countries. He remains an active presence on the international stage as the current National Youth Dance Ambassador for the Canadian Dance Assembly. With dancing clearly part of his identity, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli wanted to see how far he could truly grow. In 2009, he graduated from Montreal’s Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Major in Marketing, Combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of engaging the masses, he has become a strong advocate for inclusion and integration as he aims to bring people of all abilities together through the power of dance. He created ILL-Abilities, an international Bboy crew comprised of some of the world’s best differently-abled dancers. Together, they have choreographed several theatrical dance productions acknowledged by the Society of London Theatre. As a result, ILL-Abilities received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for the 2013 Olivier Awards.
Whether through his own dancing, his choreography or his entrepreneurial character, Luca has become a leader for both dancers and people living with special needs. On top of his busy schedule, “Lazylegz” also co-founded RAD Movement, formally known as Projet RAD, an inclusive urban dance program for youth with disabilities.
In 2015, David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recognized Luca along with partners Melissa Emblin and Marie Elaine Patenaude with a Meritorious Service Medal for their dedication and commitment in creating a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.
The past few years have been exciting for Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli and his drive to share the power of adaption and his passion for dance with the world continues to grow. As a loving husband to wife Melissa Emblin and devoted father to daughter Aura Isabella, he is committed to helping his children grow up in a society where people of all abilities can come together and share their passions despite their differences.