The holiday season is approaching, and with it comes one of Samford’s longest-running traditions, Step Sing. Every year, Samford holds the competition for students to take part in. The event is full of music, dancing, costumes and fun.
There are multiple groups that take part in this performance, including Spectrum, Indie Ladies, Dudes-A-Plenty, Freshman Girls, Freshman Ladies, Ignite, Sophomore girls and groups for each of the sororities and fraternities. This makes it easy for all Samford students to participate. Each group has directors for vocals, choreography and music. The job of the directors is to choose a theme and pick music and choreography based on that.
“We have been pulling ideas from everywhere we can find them. We really want this show to be something everyone loves and is excited to be a part of….We sent out a form to all the members on what they’re looking for in a show, so they can have input too,” Joy Cain, one of the directors for Tri Delta said.
Step Sing began in 1951 as a sing-along turned competition. As the years go by, it becomes more and more intricate and detailed, with new, modern music and dance moves. The thing that makes this event so special is that it is completely run by students. The theme and performance are overseen by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Activities and Events.
Greek life is represented in this event, but independent students also have an opportunity to join in the fun.
“I’m a senior so this is my fourth year doing Step Sing. I’m in Spectrum, and this is my first year on their committee. I will be helping choreograph our show this year and I’m really excited about it,” senior Hannah Krebel said.
Students and family can buy tickets in January to go see the show. Three performance nights should ensure there are plenty of opportunities to watch.
Step Sing isn’t just about singing and dancing. Each year, the students choose a philanthropy to raise money for, and all proceeds from the performance are donated. It is also a great opportunity to make new friends and meet new people.
“Because of Step Sing, I developed so many close friendships within my sorority. I can’t wait to participate again this year and see what the other groups have prepared,” Audrey Blount, a member of Tri Delta said.
Previous Step Sing shows have all been sold out, and it is popular not only with Samford students and alumni, but with people all over the country and the Birmingham community. Last year’s winner was ADPI, so students are looking forward to seeing who will take the overall win this year. As students begin gearing up for tryouts, the excitement is growing quickly for those who are participating and those who simply want to view the fun.
Step Sing will take place on Feb. 7-9, with rehearsals beginning in January.
Emily Thomas, Contributing Writer