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 Eveson Charitable Trust 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, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.