The origins of Step-Sing are not clear although it was probably modeled after Wellesley College, which celebrated its first Step-Sing in 1899. This tradition has been documented at Dana since 1903. In the early 1900s, the seniors assembled on the left hand steps going up to the Living Room of Dana Main in the Court*, with the juniors on the right hand steps and the sophomores in front of the oak bench in the Court itself. Each class proudly sang its class song for all the school to hear and the Court resounded with those songs and the Alma Mater.
Today Step-Sing is held after each major tradition – Harbor Cruise, Senior-Sophomore, Revels, Cabaret, Mid-Winter, All-School Election, and the Clambake — on the Common Ground steps in the Dining Center.
*Dana Main was the original Dana building where students lived and attended classes. The Court was the large two-sided stairwell that linked the formal Dining Room on the basement level to the Living Room on the first floor. Dana Main was torn down in 1972. A model of Dana Main is on display in the Beveridge Hall.