Merton Schools Dance Festival 2024 – Part 1

20th March 2024

The Merton Schools Dance Festival 2024 takes place across two afternoons this year on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st March at the brilliant facilities of Perseid Upper School. 

The event across the week will be wonderfully attended by 9 primary schools, 2 secondary schools and a dance academy group across both events and Merton SSP would like to say a big thank you to all participants and choreographers for putting together a superb festival for 2024.

KDA Wimbledon opened the festival on the first afternoon with a beautiful piece presented with 4 dancers from the local club academy.

Kate’s Dance Academy (KDA) is a dance school in Wimbledon catering for all abilities. At KDA classes in ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance run from Wednesday to Saturday.  Students follow the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) syllabus.  The children take graded and medal exams and have the opportunity to perform.

They were followed by a debut performance at the MSDF from Raynes Park High School with an inspirational piece to Black and Gold.

Merton Park Primary brought a poignant piece on War to Way Down We Go which was very moving and credit to them for representing Merton at the Great Big Dance Off this year at Hayes Theatre too finishing top 10.

Hatfield were next with a determined show to Run boy Run with The Sherwood bringing their hip hop RnB mix complete with an array of sublime acrobatics.

Poplar followed with a Sam Mendes track and a creative arrangement in the space.

St Mary’s rounded off the night with an up beat edition of Pompeii, a fitting way to finish the afternoon and again full credit to the troop for ‘repping’ Merton at the GBDO 2024.

Thanks to Perseid Upper School for hosting, all staff for facilitating and all participants and audience members for making it one to remember!

We look forward to Thursday and to more dancing in 2024/25.


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Many thanks

Nick and the Merton SSP team



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