Luca Lazylegz Patuelli believes everyone should have the opportunity to dance and express themselves. During this virtual workshop, he will share some of his inclusive teaching methods and experiences in dance.
The workshop will give participants a better feel and understanding on how to include participants with physical disabilities in dance activities such as dance classes, choreography, and recreational community activities. Luca will briefly touch upon various methods on adapting movement and the importance to focus on the strengths of each individual participant. This workshop will also teach how to help build confidence through team activities and will challenge individuals to surpass limitations by discovering their own strengths and creative movements. Participants should be ready to move and to experiment with different movement approaches.
It is important to note that this workshop is just an introduction and that the methods and concepts that will be shared are an accumulation of experiences.
This event is presented by the National Centre for Dance Therapy and supported by the RBC Foundation. It is dedicated to all the dance professionals and health care professionals who dance, or want to dance, with people with physical disabilities.
We are only accepting a small number of participants. Please reserve your spot below and, if you cannot make it, let us know in advance, so we can free your space for someone on the waiting list.
Luca Lazylegz Patuelli has been dancing (B-boying) since he was 15 years old. He has developed a unique dance style incorporating his crutches and the strength in his arms that has gotten him worldwide recognition. Lazylegz has been featured on Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, America’s Got Talent, and many more. Luca was the segment director and lead performer for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. Luca is the founder and creator of the ILL-Abilities™ Crew, an international B-boy crew comprised of the world’s best “ILL-Abled” dancers. Luca also co-founded Project RAD which was Canada’s first inclusive urban dance program offering people of all ages, all abilities the possibility to participate in accessible dance studios. Luca has been recognized as the Canadian Ambassador for Dance and received a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his dance outreach programs. He also is the recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize from the Canada Council for his significant contribution to dance in Canada.
Luca speaks four languages (English, French, Italian, and Spanish) and travels the world teaching and sharing his passion for dance to people of all ages and all abilities. Luca is now on planning on combining what he has learned with ILL-Abilities and Project RAD to take his career to the next level while constantly sharing his message to the world “It’s about taking the bad and making it good” and there are “No Excuses, No Limits”!