exuberant movement play - whatever age, whatever energy



JABADAO was established in 1985 to create opportunities for people of all ages and energies to be exuberantly, and physically, playful. 

The JABADAO team are players and dancers. We offer full-bodied, whole-hearted play, wreathed in smiles and ringing with laughter.

We are also developmental movement specialists. In the background, and never compromising the spontaneity or the play, everything we do is underpinned with detailed theory, research and reflective practice.  


The Tig

early years and families 

Have a look at our stunning outdoor movement play space for children 0-6 and their families. We come to your Children's Centre, put it up outside, and play, play, play. More





frail older people 


The SPAGOG League (Seriously Playful Armchair Games for the Old and Gorgeous) is a series of six laugh-out-loud, full-of-life physical games played across a network of day centres or care homes. Play the games, return your scores, follow your progress with family and friends on-line. More




Movement Play Shop

elastics, lycras, spinners, ribbon sticks, beanbags, stunning balloons, body rolls, the best body balls, movement play mats, silky parachutes and kits to get you started

Parson's Cross Dementia Project

Volunteers from the Parson's Cross Forum -  a community project in Sheffield - trained with JABADAO to run a regular group for family carers who are looking after their relatives with dementia at home. The group uses a playful, person-centred approach with movement at the core. They welcome new members - get in touch with Louise Clamp on 0114 327 9727 or louisec@pxforum.org


December 2014. The community, JABADAO band and dancers join the group to celebrate.




Special Tig

We offer week long residencies at Special Schools - primary and secondary - for children and young people to experience this stunning portal into another world. The activity changes with the children, from a highly focused sensory experience to full-on exuberant movement play. "It's like taking our children to the Edinburgh festival - only the festival comes to us". 



Southfield School, Bradford




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