Enter competition

Open to all primary schools in the Borough, however, due to there being a limited number of places available please book early. 

Audience members will not be permitted entry to the Perseid Upper school facilities before 4.30pm and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.

This year’s theme is ‘2020’. This is our second festival and after the success of our inaugural performances last year, we cannot wait to welcome all styles and genres of dance. We hope this festival will encourage more students to take part in dance, physical activity and wider school sport. 

  • Troop size:

    Minimum 4 – Maximum 15 dancers.

    (Please enquire for smaller troop sizes.)

  • Length of piece:

    Between 3-4 minutes.

  • Music:

    Must not contain inappropriate or lewd lyrics and must be commercially available.

  • Sound:

    MP3/4 format must be sent in advance via www.wetransfer.com

  • Visuals:

    Projection and lighting effects will not be available.

  • Space:

    Studio floor space with wings.

  • Dimensions:

    Depth 27ft, Visual width 21ft, Wing width 5ft either side.

  • Performance:

    Small props can be used but no scenery will be permitted.

  • Parking:

    There is no onsite parking at Perseid Upper School.Please make pick-up arrangements with any visiting parents as we must be offsite by 6.15pm.

  • Tickets:

    These will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and priority will go to participating schools. Schools will receive 1 ticket per participating dancer in their troop plus 2 tickets for supervising coaches/choreographers. Any other tickets will be distributed on request.

    Please let us know how many you will require and we can then reallocate any additional seats.

  • Cancellation charge:

    Due to the nature and preparation needed for this event, your school will be charged £40 for withdrawing your troop within 28 days of the festival.

  • Awards:

    There are no judges and no placings.

    All Participants will receive a certificate for taking part.

  • Winner's Pathway:

    There are no results from our festival but we are encouraging schools to sign up for ‘THE GREAT BIG DANCE OFF 2020’ please see www.thegreatbigdanceoff.com

     for more details of how your school can take part.

Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.

 We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events


All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.


Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.


For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here


If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here


Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.



MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.


For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.


Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.


Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.


Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP


Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp


First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.


Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here