A New Definition of Dance

October 30 - November 10, 2018

Jacksonville - Tampa – Miami


VSA Florida presents A New Definition of Dance featuring Ill-Abilities to Perform in Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami, October and November 2018    


Tampa Bay   -   October 30-November 2

Jacksonville   -   November 4-6

Miami  -  November 8-10  


ILL-Abilities, an international dance crew comprised of B-boys (break-dancers), have adapted and accepted their “differences” to become some of the best performers in the world, pursuing their passion: Dance!  Since Luca Patuelli’s 2016 tour in Florida with A New Definition of Dance, VSA Florida, the statewide arts and disability not for profit headquartered at the University of South Florida (USF), knew they hadn’t seen, learned or shared enough of what Mr. Patuelli had to convey to our society. Ill-Abilities’ mission is to redefine society’s view of disability, promote empowerment, and encourage limitless possibilities through motivational entertainment.

Through hard work and dedication, each member of the Ill-Abilities crew has become a world-renowned leader in their community for their skill and experience. Each dancer will share their journey getting to the top, not letting anything curb their positive attitudes or subdue their life’s motto: “No Excuses, No Limits”.

Luca along with five hip-hop and breakdancing crewmembers will converge on Florida in late October/early November 2018 for two weeks, providing workshops to students in schools and Department of Juvenile Justice programs, master classes for dance majors at universities, and open public performances in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, and Miami. 

Through a generous National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant, VSA Florida will host a continuation of their collaborative work on A New Definition of Dance, statewide. This program highlights the accomplishments of internationally renowned dancers with disabilities and offers the opportunity for community outreach/opportunities that help breakdown negative stereotypes about people with disabilities.  VSA Florida’s mission to provide, support, and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. 


Other supporters/partners include: the Hillsborough County Arts Council, Merry Lynn Morris/USF School of Theatre and Dance/Rolling Dance Chair Project, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its “All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids” (AKI) initiative, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the Cathedral Arts Project, Any Given Child Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools, The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum, Florida State College- Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, and The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.


For more information, please email Wendy Finklea at wfinklea@usf.edu.