ILL-ABILITIES™ is an International Breakdance Crew comprised of five dancers(bboy/breakdance): Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (The Netherlands), Sergio “Checho” Carvajal (Chile), Tommy “Guns” Ly (U.S.A), Jacob “Kujo” Lyons (U.S.A), & Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada). The “ILL-Abilities” concept was created in the summer of 2007 by Montreal based dancer/speaker, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli. When founded, ILL-Abilities was only an “all-star” team of differently-abled dancers with the goal to compete in the bboy competition circuit as a real crew and the intention to show the world that anything is possible.
After performing together, the crew quickly realized their potential to inspire audience members with dance and positive attitudes. Now, the goal for the crew is to spread positive thinking by sharing their stories with Motivational Entertainment programs and Theatrical Dance performances worldwide.
They are currently fulfilling that mission and have performed in numerous venues across North America, Europe, and Asia, while spreading the message No Excuses, No Limits!
In June 2008, ILL-Abilities made their world debut in Montreal, Canada at their annual fundraiser, “No Limits”, with the participation of the entire crew.
» an adaptation of power, strength, and creativity.
» believing in yourself ~ to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
» creating advantages from disadvantages.
» exploiting your capabilities ~ to live life to the fullest potential.
In the context of hip-hop culture, it’s usual to take something negative and make it positive. For example; bad, nasty, mean, ill, sick, all are commonly considered compliments when used to describe a person, group, and/or a situation.
That being said, when the word “ill” is used as an adjective, instead of meaning “sick” or “not well,” it actually describes something that is either incredible, amazing, intricate, or super talented. Hence, the word “Disability” can often be used to describe one’s (negative) limitations, so we created the term “ILL-Ability” (ILL-Abilities™) to describe our (positive) capabilities.