Student Life


Traditions play an important role in life at Dana Hall School, serving not only as symbols of the past, but also staples in the present. The connections generated by these traditions are a central part of the Dana experience and unite alumnae of all ages.
The Cabaret is an opportunity for the freshman class to showcase their talents –singing, dancing  and acting – for the Dana Hall community every February. Beginning with the freshman Class of 1987, the Cabaret has grown into one of Dana’s longest-standing traditions.
Every fall during the first week of school, Dana Hall students and faculty charter a boat and enjoy an afternoon cruise around Boston Harbor. At the end of the trip, the seniors gather in a circle for a ring tap (tapping of their Dana Hall rings on a hard surface) and the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" plays. The Harbor Cruise tradition began in 1985.
The Senior-Sophomore tradition began in the late 1930’s before freshman were incorporated into the Upper School. Since its start, senior and sophomore girls have been paired to unite the classes and form “big sister” relationships. Today, this fall event is marked by decorated lockers, beanies and costumes designated by seniors for sophomores to wear around the school. 
Although the origin of Step-Sing is not clear, its roots can be traced back to the steps of the original Dana "Main" building in 1903. Now held in the Common Ground, Dana girls gather five times a year to sing their respective class songs and show their Dana spirit.
The Revels festival features a medieval play written by former Dana Hall English teacher Constance Grosvenor Alexander. Every winter since 1921, the junior class has performed the original play with limited adaptations. The Dana community dresses up in medieval costumes as they watch the girls bring to life this age-old play.


Every tradition at Dana, including the smaller ones, gets everybody really excited in a way that is characteristic of Dana Hall and Dana alone.


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