With AMC’s The Walking Dead back in full swing it’s like the zombies have taken over again! Although the usual variety of weapons remains the classic choice to dispatch of the walking dead, a few survivors have found a funkier way to do battle.
Warning: The following videos contain fake blood, gore, and disgusting dance moves. Viewer discretion is advised.
So many dancing zombies, Michael Jackson would be proud! #Thriller
This video, released just last week, is a collaboration involving DragonHouse and the following dancers:
Better late than never, here’s the Year in Review from the “illains” who can rock the beat forever.
There are many successes and good times mentioned below, so right off the bat we want to give a big THANK YOU!! to everyone who supported in-person or online during 2013, and a preemptive THANK YOU for your continued support this upcoming year!
The new year started with new additions to the family; in more ways than one. Ill at Will performed for and celebrated with Kayo’s family at his brother’s wedding in January.
The Ill at Will fam grew too, as we welcomed 2 new members to the crew, our students and young guns from Space Invaderz, Eric (T-grr) and Luis (Bambino). We couldn’t be more proud seeing these guys develop in the dance over the years, while remaining humble students. Since then IAW has been a dynamic dozen!
A great way to stay warm during the cold Canadian months is to keep dancing, so that’s what we did. On Jan 9 Ill at Will & O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio teamed up once again to run the first after school dance workshop of the year at Aberdeen P.S.!
The very next day we kept the dancing going when the crew & O.N.E. visited Banting for WE DAY 2013. We were there all day then after school did a workshop at Medway Community Centre.
Not quite part of 2013 but close enough was T-Grr wining the 7 to Smoke competition at Western’s PSYfer Style in late 2012. You can watch his winning rounds by clicking here.
Before the winter was through members of IAW journeyed up North to Wikwemikong, Ontario to do some workshops.
Kayo nails windmill to backspin in Wikwemikong, Ontario
Shout out to Bboy Redsky of Wikki for bringing our crew up to Manitoulin Island to his Indian Reserve. It was too much fun! Everyone was so kind up there, thanks again for the hospitality!
With Springtime comes growth, so we brought in our homie Bboy Puzzles (SuperNaturalz Crew) to teach a 2 hour, advanced breaking workshop at O.N.E. dance studio. On March 16 he definitely dropped a lot of knowledge; always a lot to learn and a lot of laughs when we’re hanging with Savio.
It’s not everyday you get to learn from a world renowned champion! Thanks for the shoutout, Puzzles!
On April 6 Kayo teamed up with Ju Roc of Ground Illusionz to win Kings of the Craft in Livonia, Michigan (just West of Detroit). The victory makes Kayo the first IAW member to win a competition in the United States!
Closer to home, IAW and O.N.E. showcased multiple street dance performances along with simple dance lessons at the Our Street London Block Party. We had a lot of fun dancing and mingling with people on the streets of downtown London.
There was exciting news in August 2013 when we announced the Domkey (Lionz of Zion) workshop! The 2012 Red Bull BC ONE USA Champion did a 90 minute breakdance workshop at our studio on August 27. Check out his awesome promo videos on our post here.
Also in August was Artfusion Fest 3: a block party in downtown London, featuring Skratch Bastid! The Canadian DJ and Juno nominated record producer, with three Scribble Jam DJ titles under his belt, headlined the three day event which included a 2 on 2 concrete breakdance battle.
Previously unreleased footage of Scratch Bastid getting busy at the Artfusion Fest 3
The Stripes Back 2: Road Warrior BBoy/BGirl Battle was DJ’d by Skratch Bastid, which was a real treat because he’s got a great ear for jams that the dancers like. The winners of the cash prize were JFX & Nasty Nick, narrowly beating out Stringray and Loebz, so it was an Ill at Will filled final battle!
At the end of summer the crew celebrated a milestone at the IAW 5 Year Anniversary BBQ. I got all emotional and posted the following on Facebook:
Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed a series of jams, BBQs, road trips, and parties with my crew and our friends.
Ill at Will formed five years ago and we’ve picked up new members and countless memories along the way.
I’m so I happy I get to dance and tackle life’s adventures with this group of illains and our fam.
IAW… We serve with pride!
And so summer came to a close, but there was still a quarter of the year left to tackle!
The other TO trip happened on Nov 11 when the crew opened for Pete Rock & CL Smooth along with Camp Lo! Kayo, Logic, and TigerBomb hit the stage and took the picture to the right before the night was through. VIP and autographed tickets, baby!
Staying on a feel good kind of vibe, let’s mention the post titled He Started from the Bottom Now He’s ILL. Despite the title I’m not talking about Drake; I’m talking about our crewmate Nasty Nick!
This post was made after Nick, who was born in Holland, received the good news that he can legally work in Canada and will become a permanent resident in December. You can read the rest of the story in that post.
Not only was there the Grand Opening of the Family Centre in Carling-Thames arena, during which IAW teamed up with O.N.E. and some of the Dynamic Dozen youth to provide a hip-hop / breakdance workshop & performance.
That weekend also had TWO dance jams going down: The first was Western’s Fall Cypher, where JFX (ill at will) won the All Styles competition for the 2nd straight year and Kayo (ill at will) / Ju Rock (Ground Illusionz) won the 2 on 2 breakdance competition.
The following night O.N.E. hosted their 2nd annual dance-driven, charity-supporting, fun-filled Movembreaks jam! It was great to have choreo dancers, freestyle dancers, breakers, house dancers, and more all jamming in the same circle. By the power of their moustaches and many generous donations, Loebz (ill at will) and DTWB (the DJ!) raised over $1000 for prostate cancer and mental health awareness!
I’ve included a couple Instagram clips from those nights here but check the blog post to see a dope recap video and more details.
What a rare treat it was to have 2 breakdance events in 2 days in my home town! At the risk of sounding old I want to point out that back in the day London bboys always had to travel if they wanted to compete because London jams happened maybe once a year. It’s great to see the scene come so far.
Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Now it’s 2014 and we’ve got another fresh year ahead of us! We’ve set some personal and crew goals… do you have any dance or fitness related goals?
Also, what is your favourite Ill at Will or O.N.E. memory from 2013? Post it below!
As mentioned in my post from over the weekend, Canadian B-Boy Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today! Luca sat down and briefly spoke with Ellen before being invited to dance for the crowd and people at home. After Lazylegz was finished making their jaws drop, Ellen turned the tables and gave him a big surprise!
The video of Lazylegz breakdancing on The Ellen Show is below:
Here’s the word from The Ellen Show on YouTube:
Ellen met an inspiring performer who has overcome great challenges to pursue his passion. Check out his incredible skills, and see the surprise Ellen had for him!
And the last word comes from Luca himself, via Facebook:
Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming positive responses. This experience on Ellen has been a dream come true and I appreciate all your support! I believe we are all inspirations for each other and all of you have helped me get to this point in my life and my career. Thank you for that!
Want to learn more about Lazylegz or Ill at Will breakdance crew? You can read about Lazylegz and see a video of his crew dancing with Ill at Will by clicking here.
Remember when Ill-Abilities Crew came to Kings College in London, Ontario for a free show and inspirational presentation last November 2012? If not then here’s a video of Ill Abilities jamming with local crews Ill at Will, Space Invaderz, and Air Borne Precautions (the dancing starts around the 3:00 mark):
Well now that your memory has been refreshed I’m excited to tell you that Luca Patuelli (aka Lazylegz of Ill Abilities) will be doing his thing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, December 16th! So be sure to set your DVR, PVR, or even VCR if you’re old school; or better yet just tune in live. Also, #NoExcusesNoLimits is the hashtag to use for your social media.
Making more moves on the stage, Canadian b-boy LUCA “LAZYLEGZ” PATUELLI dances for Ellen! Luca doesn’t let anything stop him from dancing; not a muscular disorder, not the rain or cold, not even gravity. He’ll walk his stunning walk for Ellen, and it will not only be entertaining, it will be inspiring for all.
The following are some select excerpts from Lazylegz’ bio on his website:
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was born on July 28, 1984 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was born with Arthrogryposis (multiplex congenita), a rare disorder that is explained by limited joint movement and poor muscle growth.
In 1999, at the age of 15, Luca discovered “B-boying” also known as Breakdancing. Although quite challenging at first, he began to learn moves and modified them to create his own unique style that incorporates both extreme upper body strength and the use of crutches. “Lazylegz” was born.
Lazylegz has worked with world-renowned artists such as Kanye West, Talib Kweli, K-OS, the Nappy Roots, Luther Brown, and many more. He has made appearances in the movies Kickin’ It Old Skooland Sur le rhythme. He was also featured on several international media sources includingNBC Today Show, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Much Music, MBC Korea, NTV Japan, CBC, TF-1 France, and many more. In Montreal, Lazylegz has actively organized many internationally known breakdance events, such as Pro-Am, City vs. City (Team Montreal), & No Limits. In 2010, Lazylegz and Illmask performed in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Opening Ceremonies starring in the “One inspires all” segment, where a world record was broken for the biggest flash mob dance.
This week London rapper Shad released another single from his latest album, Flying Colours (No, Mr. Spellcheck, I’m spelling that the Canadian way!), and it comes with a music video ft Lights which you can watch below.
Shad feat Lights – Remember to Remember
(unofficial epilepsy warning starting around 2:40)
Parts of the video remind me of The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army video, with multiple Shads walking towards the camera, which is cool, but there should probably be an epilepsy warning around 2:40 where there’s a bit of a dance sequence that’s hard to make out because of all the flashing… lights… But it’s all good!
Shad has been active since 2005 and is known for being a breath of fresh air in a rap music scene filled with redundancy and ignorance. His Flying Colours album continues this pattern of engaging lyrics and slick flow over crisp production. Remember to Remember features fellow Canadian musician Lights, which makes for a great collaboration. Throw in production from Mike Tompkins and the video direction of Justin Broadbent and you have yourself another quality rap track to play back, most likely “again and again“!