Unlikely Break Dancer Presents "Breaking the Crutch of Disability" Nov. 20

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2008) - The University of South Florida Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a series of programs, known as Bulls-Eye View, aimed at educating USF students about cultural diversity and multiculturalism. This Cultural Diversity Awareness series brings the guest performers and speakers into classrooms to provide context to their individual performances and to engage in conversation.

On Nov. 20 Breaking the Crutch of Disability: Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli will speak about doing everything nobody thought he could: swimming, diving, skiing, skateboarding, sailing, driving, and now, break dancing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqeVXbTQ8NA), despite being born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. His message: overcoming obstacles and never giving up. “Lazylegz” will begin his visit at USF by speaking to students in the dance program along with helping to showcase the new rolling dance chair prototype (http://rdc.arts.usf.edu/), a collaborative project involving faculty and students from USF’s dance program and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Afterwards, “Lazylegz” will speak to the USF community and, perhaps, battle a few students in a break dancing session. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater.

The USF Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Visual & Performing Arts’ School of Theatre and Dance, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and Project Able at USF are sponsors of this showcase of abilities “as a way to encourage the creation of opportunities for diverse populations,” according to Christopher Chell, interim coordinator of the multicultural office.

“This is a groundbreaking effort and movement. We encourage people at every ability level to participate,” he said. Contact Chell at chrischell@admin.usf.edu or (813) 974-7014 for more information.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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