Jade Millward is a member of Dancefest’s Jigsaw Performance Company and has Down’s Syndrome. Her dad Steven explains why Jade loves to dance. 

Jade has always loved dance and drama; in fact she thrives on it! She comes to Jigsaw's weekly classes, plus of course is part of the big performances at The Courtyard.

Jigsaw has given her self-confidence, there’s no doubt about it – she gets to meet lots of people and is challenged, so her head is full of ideas. It’s wonderful to see her enthusiasm…some days I have to drag her off the floor at the end of the session!

Jade has a paid job at TK Maxx in Hereford, which is marvellous as so many people with Down’s are expected to do voluntary work. TK Maxx have a community fund that employees can apply to, so we got hold of a form and filled it in on behalf of Jigsaw. I couldn’t believe it when we were awarded £1500! But that’s Jade all over; she brims with energy and there’s no holding her back.

Her dancing is improving; all I hear these days is thump thump thump on the ceiling when she practices. I’m a big burly Welshman and who knows? Maybe one day I’ll join in! Jade is my inspiration.


Jade Millward
Arts Council England Worcester Municipal Charities Baily Thomas Charitable Fund Eveson Charitable Trust United by 2022 Legacy FABRIC People Dancing Professional Member Arts Award Supporter

Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.

Our Masterclass and Stopgap work is part of Keep Moving, which is produced by FABRIC, generously supported by United by 2022, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund through West Midlands Combined Authority.