Big Jigsaw - Access and Inclusion

Access and Inclusion

Big Jigsaw is Dancefest's access and inclusion programme, which aims to challenge, surprise and push boundaries in integrated dance, working with disabled and non-disabled people of all ages and abilities. Michele Holder is our Dance Development Team Leader (Access and Inclusion) and you can contact her about any aspect of our inclusive work.

Jigsaw Integrated Performance Group
An integrated group for disabled and non-disabled dancers who meet at 4.30-6.30pm on Wednesdays at Aspire Community Hub, Hereford, HR1 2EA. You can find out more on our class timetable and by contacting Michele Holder.

Inclusive Dance Workshop with Anjali Dance Company (18+)
Wednesday 18 October, 4.30pm-6.30pm, Aspire Community Hub, Hereford, HR1 2EA. A practical session for teachers, support workers and dance artists, working alongside Dancefest's Jigsaw Integrated Performance Group.

Access and Inclusion in Education

We can create bespoke projects for schools and colleges inspired by different themes or curriculum-based activities. Schools can be part of local cluster sharings that Dancefest organises or become part of our larger scale performance projects.

The Dance Yurt Project – Butterflies, Boats and Beating Hearts
The Dance Yurt Project – Butterflies, Boats and Beating Hearts. Available summer term 2017. A participatory movement and visual arts project that takes place in and around a specially constructed dance yurt, designed for small groups of pupils to work in and around a space that can be added to, to make sensory environments for dance.


Most of the venues we use are accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility but please contact the Dancefest office to check accessibility for the venue where your class takes place.

Big Jigsaw 2016/2017 is supported by Comic Relief and The Saintbury Trust

Comic ReliefSaintbury Trust

Equipment available from Dancefest

We have a range of resources which are available to loan to groups working with disabled people of all ages. Funded by the Pippin Trust, they include:

  • parachutes
  • inflatable floating shapes
  • large body elastics
  • stretchy fabrics
  • octobands
  • glitter balls. 

If you'ld like to use any of our resources for workshops or events please contact Michele Holder.

Useful Links

People Dancing - Deaf and Disabled People's newsletter

Diverse Futures - a comprehensive search tool for people with disability to explore access to the performing arts in the UK

Herefordshire Disability United - HDU's objectives are to promote the interests, welfare and social inclusion of disabled people living in Herefordshire.

The Magical Umbrella DVD

Dancefest and The Music Pool commissioned a DVD of the performance at The Courtyard on 22 and 23 March. If you would like a copy please contact The Music Pool at 01432 278118 or