You guys are going to be so tired of hearing me talk about Luca 'LazyLegs' Patuelli, but I just can't help myself! If you saw my last post, you know that Luca is here touring the province this week, and I couldn't be more exited! After hearing him speak on the panel at MUN about 'Reframing disABILITY' a couple of days ago, it was incredible to see him perform and present his "No Excuses. No Limits." program at City Hall here in St. John's.
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 spoke personally about how perseverance has gotten him to where he is today.
Luca talked a lot about his dance career, and demonstrated how he uses his upper body strength to create a unique dance style that has garnered him worldwide recognition. Luca is the creator and current manager of the ILL-Abilities Crew, and he co-founded Project RAD, which was Canada's first inclusive urban dance program offering people of all ages and all abilities the possibility to participate in accessible dance studios.
Luca explained that in Hip Hop, the words 'bad' and 'sick' mean good, and so he uses the term 'ill' in ILL-Abilities to mean really good. It represents an adaptation of power, strength, and creativity. Believing in yourself to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Creating advantages from disadvantages, and exploiting your capabilities - to live life to the fullest potential.
Thank you to Alick Tsui for capturing these images!
Luca's performance was impressive. His presentation was remarkable, and his message was important: "No Excuses. No Limits." I've been saying it all week, and I'm not done talking about him yet! Luca will be performing again to a sold-out crowd at Easter Seals House on Saturday, followed by a dance workshop and social. I am excited to see how Brennen responds to him. I know he will love the music and the hip hop beats, but I am not sure if he will be up for showing off his sick moves on the dance floor. Maybe we will practice a little at home before the weekend. I'm always up for a pajama dance party!
"Dance challenges us to surpass our limitations by discovering strength within. So, live your life to the fullest and dance beautifully!"
- Luca "LazyLegz" Patuelli