“Adapt, stay positive, and learn to do things your own way.” Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli has lived by this motto his whole life. Born with arthrogryposis, a neuromuscular disorder that affects the bones and joints of the body, Patuelli learned at an early age about the power of adapting positively to any situation. He discovered his passion for breakdancing at the age of 15 and developed his own unique style using his crutches as extensions of his arms — Bboy Lazylegs was born! Interspersing his energetic talks with his unique and unforgettable dance moves, Patuelli inspires all audiences to get up off their feet and live their dreams.
Patuelli has competed in some of the world’s biggest dancing events and has been featured on many international programs and networks, including The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, America’s Got Talent, and many more. He was also featured on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance Canada, where he made it through to the third round of finals week, making history as the first dancer with a disability making it that far in the program.
In 2010, Patuelli headlined and co-directed the “One Inspires All” dance segment at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. This 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, Patuelli 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.
Combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of engaging the masses, Patuelli has become a strong advocate for inclusion and integration. 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 and received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2013 Olivier Awards.
Patuelli also co-founded RAD Movement, formally known as Projet RAD, an inclusive urban dance program for youth with disabilities. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2015.